Volkswagen Group of America added more than 50,000 more vehicles to the ever-expanding list of vehicles affected by the Takata recall.
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The Auburn Hills, Michigan-based branch of the company notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on March 6, 2018 they will recall 51,352 2009-2012 Volkswagen CC, 2010-2014 Volkswagen Golf, 2010-2011 Volkswagen Eos, 2007-2010 Volkswagen Passat Sedan, 2007-2010 Volkswagen Passat Wagon, and 2013-2014 Volkswagen CC vehicles built between Nov. 2, 2006 and May 27, 2017.
The affected vehicles contain airbag inflators manufactured by Takata. The inflators use non-desiccated phased-stabilized ammonium nitrate wafers as propellant. The inflators consist of a metal cartridge loaded with these wafers. A crash ignites the propellant, expanding the airbags. However, the recalled inflators can rupture, sending metal shards into the car’s passenger cabin. These shards can injure or kill occupants. A USA Today report states the defective inflators killed at least 20 people worldwide, and caused more than 180 injuries.
Approximately 42 million vehicles across the United States are affected by the Takata recall, including 3.3 million additional vehicles reported in a Jan. 7, 2018 USA Today report. That announcement covered model year 2009, 2010 and 2013 vehicles from Honda, Toyota, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Tesla.
Takata filed for bankruptcy on June 26, 2017, while still facing billions of dollars in lawsuits over the defective inflators.
Key Safety Systems, a U.S.-based auto component company, bought Takata’s non-airbag related assets for $1.6 billion shortly after Takata filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Volkswagen will notify owners and dealers will replace the driver’s frontal air bag inflator with an alternative inflator, free of charge. The recall began March 16, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 69Q9. Note: This recall partially supersedes recall 16V-078. Concerned consumers can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to help you.
Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.