Scroll down for a full list of affected Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen vehicles.
Germany’s top three automakers said they will recall 2.5 million vehicles in the U.S. equipped with Takata brand air bag inflators that can deploy dangerously, adding another large batch of cars, trucks and SUVs to the most complex recall in automotive history. The announcement comes less than three weeks after 5 million more vehicles were added to a list of more than 26 million affected vehicles in the United States.
BMW and Volkswagen announced Wednesday they would recall nearly 1.7 million vehicles, split almost evenly between them. Volkswagen listed its affected models, which include 2006-2010 Passat and 2009-2014 Volkswagen CC sedans.
The announcement comes a day after Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, said it would recall “approximately 840,000” of its vehicles, including about 700,000 Mercedes-Benz cars. Daimler did not provide a specific list of affected vehicles. As of Wednesday, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not updated its list of Takata-affected vehicles since Dec. 23.
This week’s announcements add another automaker, Volkswagen, and another automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, to a growing list of vehicles that carry air bag inflators that can injure drivers or passengers with metal fragments that tear through the bags when they’re deployed. In some cases, front passenger-side air bags also need to be replaced.
According to NHTSA, the new batch of recalls raises the number of affected automakers to 12. Daimler had previously said some Sterling Bullet, Freightliner and Sprinter heavy trucks and commercial vans were affected, but it’s the first time the company’s core Mercedes-Benz brand has been included.
Owners are advised to check directly with automakers to see if their cars are affected. NHTSA’s vehicle lookup tool is another method, though the most recent recalls might not yet be included.
Since the start of the year, about 7.5 million more vehicles have been identified with the safety flaw linked to at least 10 deaths globally and more than 100 injuries, according to NHTSA. Last month 5 million cars were added, including more Fords and Hondas, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The most recent death linked to the defect was a man driving a 2006 Ford Ranger pickup truck in South Carolina in December. Due to its historic ties to Takata, Honda has been most affected by the air bag debacle.
Takata switched from tetrazole to ammonium nitrate as air bag propellants in 1998, reportedly because the company found the compound more effective for the rapid inflation required of the safety feature. Ammonium nitrate is more volatile, however, and is highly sensitive to temperature changes and moisture.
Initially, automakers were following Takata’s recommendation to fix cars in hotter, more humid parts of the U.S. first. But the regional recalls created confusion and outraged auto safety advocates. NHTSA eventually demanded the automakers extend these regional recalls nationwide.
Here are the lists of the affected Mercedes-Benz and BMW vehicles provided by NHTSA Wednesday. Volkswagen provided its list. Not all cars in these model year ranges may be affected:
Affected Mercedes-Benz vehicles:
2009-2010 Mercedes-Benz ML Class ML320 BlueTec 4Matic
2011-2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R350 BlueTec 4Matic
2009-2011 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class ML350
2009-2011 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class ML550 4Matic
2009-2011 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class ML350 4Matic
2009-2011 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class ML63 AMG
2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class ML450 4Matic Hybrid
2011-2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class GL350 BlueTec 4Matic
2009-2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class GL320 BlueTec 4Matic
2009-2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class GL550 4Matic
2009-2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class GL450 4Matic
2007-2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK280
2007-2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK55 AMG
2011-2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class SLS AMG Coupe
2012-2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class SLS AMG Cabriolet
2013-2014 Mercedes-BenzSL SLS-Class SLS AMG GT
2013-2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class SLS AMG GT Cabriolet
2005-2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 Kompressor
2006-2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230
2006-2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C350
2005-2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C320
2008-2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C300
2008-2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C350
2009-2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C63 AMG
2008-2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C300 4Matic
2010-2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class GLK350
2010-2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class GLK350 4Matic
2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 Coupe
2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E550 Coupe
2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 Cabriolet
2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E550 Cabriolet
2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350
2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E550
2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E63 AMG
2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 4Matic
2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E550 4Matic
2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 4Matic|
2009-2010 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R320 CDI 4Matic
2012-2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R350 4Matic
2009-2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R350 4Matic
2011-2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R350 BlueTec 4Matic
2006-2007 Chrysler Crossfire (a product of Daimler’s past relationship with Chrysler)
Affected BMW vehicles:
2008-2013 BMW 1 Series Coupe (128i, 135i, 1 Series M Coupe)
2008-2013 BMW 1 Series Convertible (128i, 135i)
2006-2011 BMW 3 Series Sedan (325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive)
2009-2011 BMW 3 Series Sedan (335d)
2006-2012 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon (325xiT, 328i, 328xi)
2007-2013 BMW 3 Series Coupe (328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive, 335is, M3Coupe)
2007-2013 BMW 3 Series Convertible (328i, 335i, 335is, M3 Convertible)
2013-2015 BMW X1 SAV (X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i, X1 xDrive35i)
2007-2010 BMW X3 SAV (X3 xDrive30i)
2007-2013 BMW X5 SAV (X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M)
2009-2013 BMW X5 SAV (X5 xDrive35d)
2008-2014 BMW X6 SAV (X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, X6 M)
2010-2011 BMW X6 SAV (X6 xDrive50i)
2008-2011 BMW 3 Series Sedan (M3)
Affected Volkswagen vehicles:
2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Sedan and Wagon
2012-2014 Model Year Volkswagen Eos
2010-2014 Model Year Volkswagen Golf
2010-2014 Model Year Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
2012-2014 Model Year Volkswagen Passat
2009-2014 Model Year Volkswagen CC