Daimler trucks added to Takata airbag recall list

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Friday, May 22, 2015

Daimler Truck North America has been added to the laundry list of manufacturers affected by the Takata airbag recall. Daimler Trucks claims the number of affected trucks is small.

As of press time, the scope of Daimler trucks to be recalled – including model and number of units – is unknown. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration document names Daimler Trucks North America as one of eight manufacturers that installed 7.7 million Takata airbags. The document notes that although Takata knows the number sold to each manufacturer, the company is unaware how many were installed in vehicles sold and registered in the United States.

Daimler’s recall notice was the second of four notices regarding the Takata airbags. The first recall included more than 17 million vehicles. Since then the number of vehicles affected has doubled to 34 million.

Official recall documents reveal that Takata airbags are susceptible to ejecting shards of metal fragments once activated. Metal projectiles could lead to injury and death. Six deaths have been blamed on the airbag defect.

Drivers who suspect their vehicle may be subject to the recall should visit safercar.gov to check VINs for possible recalls. Owners can also call the National Highway Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.

“Land Line Now” News Anchor Reed Black contributed to this report.

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