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Rich Newsome is a civil justice attorney who represents consumers who have been injured by defective tires, cars and other products. As Past President of the Florida Justice Association and current member of the Executive Committee of the National Trial Lawyers Association…MORE

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Last week, as we discussed here, NHTSA issued a rare Consumer Advisory about the Takata exploding airbag recall. The Advisory purported to include a complete list of vehicles that were part of the recall, and warned people who owned cars on the list to immediately take their vehicles in to a dealership to have the airbags replaced.

The problem? NHTSA’s Advisory was wrong. It failed to identify all of the vehicles that had been recalled. 

In an effort to provide a current and accurate and complete list of vehicles that are part of the recall for our clients and their families, we’ve put together a spreadsheet of recalled vehicles based on the most recent publicly disclosed data. There is a copy of our spreadsheet at the end of this article. 

Because this “rolling recall” continues to develop, consumers looking for accurate answers to whether their vehicle has been recalled shouldn’t just rely just on what’s on NHTSA’s website or our list. Instead vehicle owners should go to the source -- they should visit their vehicle manufacturer’s website and check to see whether their vehicle identification number is on the latest recall list.

We understand that NHTSA is finally trying to address the Takata airbag issue, which is great. However, NHTSA’s first rule should be to “do no harm.” By issuing an inaccurate Consumer Advisory some families might be left with the false impression that their vehicles are safe. 

NHTSA should immediately issue another Advisory with an updated and accurate list. They should have the list on thier website and issue a press release so the public knows about the mistake and double checks to make sure their vehicles haven’t been recalled. 

Yesterday Senator Bill Nelson, a senior member of the Senate Commerce Committee, announced that he plans to conduct Senate hearings on this issue as part of a Senate investigation. As Senator Nelson’s investigation unfolds, it’s quite possible that this recall will expand to include even more vehicles that are not yet part of the recall.

If this recall grows NHTSA will certainly have to update its list. If and when that happens, hopefully they will get it right.

Manufacturer Make Model Model Years Recall Numbers
Mazda Mazda Mazda6 2003-2004 13V130
Mazda Mazda RX-8 2004 13V130
Toyota Toyota Corolla 2002-2004 13V133
Toyota Toyota Matrix 2002-2004 13V133
Toyota Lexus SC430 2002-2004 13V133
Toyota Toyota Sequoia 2002-2004 13V133
Toyota Toyota Tundra 2002-2004 13V133
GM Pontiac Vibe 2002-2004 13V133
Nissan Infiniti FX35 2003 13V136
Nissan Infiniti FX45 2003 13V136
Nissan Infiniti I-30 2001 13V136
Nissan Infiniti I35 2002-2003 13V136
Nissan Nissan Maxima 2001-2003 13V136
Nissan Nissan Pathfinder 2001-2003 13V136
Nissan Infiniti QX4 2002-2003 13V136
Nissan Nissan Sentra 2002-2003 13V136
BMW BMW 325Ci 2002-2003 13V172
BMW BMW 325i 2002-2003 13V172
BMW BMW 325iT 2002-2003 13V172
BMW BMW 325xi 2002-2003 13V172
BMW BMW 325xiT 2002-2003 13V172
BMW BMW 330Ci Convertible 2002-2003 13V172
BMW BMW 330Ci Coupe 2002-2003 13V172
BMW BMW 330i 2002-2003 13V172
BMW BMW 330xi Sedan 2002-2003 13V172
BMW BMW M3 Convertible 2002-2003 13V172
BMW BMW M3 Coupe 2002-2003 13V172
Nissan Infiniti FX 2003-2005 14V340
Nissan Infiniti I35 2003-2004 14V340
Nissan Infiniti M 2006 14V340
Nissan Nissan Pathfinder 2003-2004 14V340
Nissan Nissan Sentra 2004-2006 14V340
Ford Ford GT 2005-2006 14V343
Ford Ford Mustangs 2005-2007 14V343
Ford Ford Ranger 2004 14V343
Mazda Mazda B-Series 2004 14V344
Mazda Mazda Mazda6 2003-2007 14V344
Mazda Mazda MazdaSpeed6 2006-2007 14V344
Mazda Mazda MPV 2004-2005 14V344
Mazda Mazda RX-8 2004-2008 14V344
BMW BMW 325i 2004-2006 14V348
BMW BMW 325xi 2004-2005 14V348
BMW BMW 330i 2004-2006 14V348
BMW BMW 330xi 2004-2005 14V348
BMW BMW M3 2004-2006 14V348
Toyota Toyota Corolla 2003-2005 14V350
Toyota Toyota Matrix 2003-2005 14V350
Toyota Lexus SC430 2003-2005 14V350
Toyota Toyota Sequoia 2003-2005 14V350
Toyota Toyota Tundra 2003-2005 14V350
Toyota Pontiac Vibe 2003-2005 14V350
Honda Honda Accord 2001-2007 14V351
Honda Honda Accord 2001-2002 14V351
Honda Honda Civic 2001-2005 14V351
Honda Honda CR-V 2002-2006 14V351
Honda Honda Element 2003-2011 14V351
Honda Acura MDX 2003-2006 14V351
Honda Honda Odyssey 2002-2004 14V351
Honda Honda Pilot 2003-2007 14V351
Honda Honda Ridgeline 2006 14V351
Honda Acura TL/CL 2002-2003 14V351
Honda Honda Accord 2003-2005 14V353
Honda Honda Civic 2003-2005 14V353
Honda Honda CR-V 2003-2005 14V353
Honda Honda Element 2003-2005 14V353
Honda Acura MDX 2003-2005 14V353
Honda Honda Odyssey 2003-2004 14V353
Honda Honda Pilot 2003-2005 14V353
Honda Honda RidgeLine 2006 14V353
Honda Acura RL 2005 14V353
Chrysler Chrysler 300 2005-2008 14V354
Chrysler Chrysler Aspen 2007-2008 14V354
Chrysler Dodge Dakota 2005-2008 14V354
Chrysler Dodge Durango 2005-2008 14V354
Mitsubishi Mitsubishi Raider 2006-2007 14V354
Chrysler Dodge Ram 1500 2003-2008 14V354
Chrysler Dodge Ram 2500 2005-2008 14V354
Chrysler Dodge Ram 3500 2006-2008 14V354
Chrysler Dodge Ram 4500 2006-2008 14V354
Chrysler Dodge Ram 5500 2008 14V354
Subaru Subaru Baja 2003-2004 14V399
Subaru Subaru Impreza 2004 14V399
Subaru Subaru Legacy 2003-2004 14V399
Subaru Subaru Outback 2003-2004 14V399
Mitsubishi Mitsubishi Lancer 2004-2005 14V421
BMW BMW 323i 2000 14V428
BMW BMW 325i 2001-2006 14V428
BMW BMW 325xi 2001-2005 14V428
BMW BMW 328i 2000 14V428
BMW BMW 330i 2001-2006 14V428
BMW BMW 330xi 2001-2005 14V428
BMW BMW M3 2001-2006 14V428
GM Saab 9-2X 2005 14V471
Subaru Subaru Baja 2003-2005 14V471
Subaru Subaru Impreza 2004-2005 14V471
Subaru Subaru Legacy 2003-2005 14V471
Subaru Subaru Outback 2003-2005 14V471
Toyota Toyota Corolla 2003-2005 14V655
Toyota Toyota Matrix 2003-2005 14V655
Toyota Lexus SC 2002-2005 14V655
Toyota Toyota Sequoia 2002-2005 14V655
Toyota Toyota Tundra 2003-2005 14V655
GM Pontiac Vibe 2003-2005 14V655

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  • Hyundai and Kia Recall More than 269,000 Vehicles Due to Safety Concerns

  • One large recall that stands out this year is when Hyundai and Kia, which are owned by the same South Korean company, recalled an estimated combined 1.8 million vehicles due to issues with the electrical and airbag systems. The problems could have caused serious injuries for drivers, passengers and even pedestrians. Hyundai and Kia are now issuing a few new recalls this week. Hyundai is recalling 240,000 older Sonata and Azera models, 20,300 2013 Santa Fe models, and Kia is recalling 9,345 2014 Sorrento vehicles.

    According to the NHTSA, the Hyundai Sonata vehicles are from model years 2006 to 2010, and were manufactured from March 1, 2005 to January 21, 2010. The Hyundai Azera vehicles are from the model years 2006 to 2011, and were manufactured from September 27, 2005 to November 22, 2010. The models are being recalled in cold weather states due to possible corrosion that could affect the alignment on the rear wheels of the vehicles.

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