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Daimler, Volkswagen, and Audi will recall nearly 1.7 million total vehicles in the US to replace their Takata airbag inflators. The Japanese parts supplier and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced in late January that several automakers would need to fix around five million more vehicles, and the various companies have been releasing the details since then.

Daimler has a recall for 841,000 vehicles in the US, including 705,000 from Mercedes-Benz and 136,000 from the company's van division. Reuters reports the affected models consist of 2005-2014 examples of the SLK-Class, C-Class, E-Class, M-Class, GL-Class, R-Class, and SLS-Class. The vans comprise the 2007-2014 models of the Dodge, Freightliner, and Mercedes Sprinter. Autoblog reached out to Mercedes USA to confirm these details, and we're awaiting a reply.

Daimler expects the repair campaign to cost 340 million euros ($382 million at current rates). The company will book the costs as part of its financial year 2015 results, and net profit for that year will fall to 8.7 billion euros ($9.8 billion).

Volkswagen's recall covers 680,000 vehicles in the US to replace their driver side airbags. The affected models have Takata's SDI and PSDI-5 inflators, which could rupture in an crash, but the automaker isn't aware of any explosions for these parts in its products. This campaign includes:

  • 2006-2010 Passat Sedan and Wagon (German Production)
  • 2012-2014 Eos
  • 2010-2014 Golf
  • 2010-2014 Jetta SportWagen
  • 2012-2014 Passat (U.S. Production)
  • 2009-2014 CC
There are also 170,000 Audi vehicles with the SDI and PSDI-5 inflators in the US, but there are no reports of the parts rupturing in the company's models. The affected products are:

  • 2005-2013 A3
  • 2006-2009 A4 Cabrio
  • 2009-2012 Q5
  • 2010-2011 A5 Cabrio
VW and Audi are still working to identify the specific VINs for these vehicles. Afterwards, they will notify affected owners.

Ford, Mazda, and Honda already announced details for their new round of Takata repairs. VW and Audi also recalled a small number of Tiguans and Q5s to replace their side airbag inflators from the Japanese company. NHTSA still expects BMW and Saab to detail expanded safety campaigns.
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Daimler recalls approximately 840,000 vehicles in the United States as a precautionary measure due to potentially defective airbag models from manufacturer Takata

Stuttgart (Germany), Feb 10, 2016

Expense of €0.3 billion relates to financial year 2015

Dividend proposal and employees' profit participation for financial year 2015 as well as expected earnings for 2016 remain unchanged

Stuttgart (Germany) – The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has notified Daimler AG that it has been informed that certain airbag models from the manufacturer Takata, which are also installed in Mercedes-Benz cars and Daimler vans, are potentially defective. On the basis of available information on the components, Daimler AG has decided to recall approximately 705,000 Mercedes-Benz cars and about 136,000 Daimler vans in the United States. The expense for this precautionary recall is estimated at a total of about €340 million.

The estimated costs will be recognized as a provision in financial year 2015. Therefore net profit will decrease to €8.7 billion (2014: €7.3 billion) and Group EBIT to €13.2 billion (2014: €10.8 billion). EBIT from ongoing business remains unchanged at €13.8 billion (2014: €10.1 billion). Daimler AG points out that both the dividend proposal and the employees' profit participation for the successful year 2015 as well as the earnings expected for financial year 2016 remain unchanged. At the Annual Shareholders' Meeting on April 6, 2016, the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board will propose the distribution of a dividend of €3.25 per share (2014: €2.45). Daimler AG continues to assume that it will slightly increase Group EBIT from the ongoing business in 2016.



VOLKSWAGEN ISSUES VOLUNTARY RECALL
Feb 10, 2016

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has notified that it has been informed that certain driver's side airbags that use non-desiccated SDI and PSDI-5 inflators from Takata, which are also installed in Volkswagen cars, are potentially defective. On the basis of available information on the components, Volkswagen has decided to recall approximately 680,000 Volkswagen vehicles in the United States.

Certain 2006-2010 Model Year Volkswagen Passat Sedan and Wagon (German Production)
Certain 2012-2014 Model Year Volkswagen Eos
Certain 2010-2014 Model Year Volkswagen Golf
Certain 2010-2014 Model Year Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
Certain 2012-2014 Model Year Volkswagen Passat (U.S. Production)
Certain 2009-2014 Model Year Volkswagen CC

As reported by Takata: In the event of an inflator rupture, metal fragments could pass through the air bag cushion material, which may result in injury or death to vehicle occupants. Volkswagen is not aware of any ruptured SDI or PSDI-5 inflator in any Volkswagen Group vehicle worldwide.

Once affected VINs and the recall remedy have been identified, Volkswagen will notify all owners of affected vehicles and will instruct them to arrange for an appointment with an authorized Volkswagen dealer.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.


Audi Statement

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has notified Volkswagen Group that it has been informed that certain driver's side airbags that use non-desiccated SDI and PSDI-5 inflators from Takata, which are also installed in Volkswagen Group Cars, including Audi vehicles, are potentially defective. Based on this information, Volkswagen Group has decided to recall approximately 840,000 Volkswagen Group vehicles, including approximately 170,000 Audi vehicles, in the U.S.

· Certain 2005-2013 Model Year Audi A3
· Certain 2006-2009 Model Year Audi A4 Cabrio
· Certain 2009-2012 Model Year Audi Q5
· Certain 2010-2011 Model Year Audi A5 Cabrio

As reported by Takata: In the event of an inflator rupture, metal fragments could pass through the air bag cushion material, which may result in injury or death to vehicle occupants.

Volkswagen Group has not received any reports of any ruptured SDI or PSDI-5 inflator in any Volkswagen Group vehicle worldwide.

Once affected VINs and the recall remedy have been identified, Audi will notify all owners of affected vehicles and will instruct them to arrange for an appointment with an authorized Audi dealer.


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