Three German automakers recall 2.5M vehicles in US over defective Takata airbags

Three German automakers recall 2.5M vehicles in US over defective Takata airbags

This week, three bigwig German automakers -- Volkswagen (VW), BMW, and Daimler AG - said that they are issuing a recall of a total of 2.5 million vehicles in the US. The reason behind the latest recall of vehicles by the three automakers is defective airbags manufactured by beleaguered Japanese automotive parts supplier Takata Corp.

The recall of vehicles announced by VW, BMW and Daimler this week marks the latest action in a long-running crisis involving defective Takata airbags. The issue affecting the airbags is that they can explode unexpectedly, sending bits of shrapnel at the occupants of a vehicle; thereby posing a potential risk of injury or death.

As a result of the latest recalls, which involve the three automakers' newer model-year vehicles than earlier recalls involving Takata, the total number of vehicles recalled due to defective Takata airbags has increased to 24 million.

Announcing the latest Takata-airbag recall on Wednesday, VW said that it is recalling 850,000 vehicles in the US; while BMW said that it latest recall affects nearly 840,000 vehicles in the country.

The announcements of the recalls by VW and BMW came one day after Daimler said in an announcement that it was issuing a new recall of 840,000 vehicles in the US, because of faulty Takata airbags.

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