Supercars at Danger: McLaren, Ferrari, and Tesla Added to Takata Airbag Recalls

December 12, 2016 at 6:19 pm by Clifford Atiyeh | Photography by Marc Urbano and Bonhams

Packing a hybrid powertrain, copious amounts of carbon fiber, and a name that serves as a direct conduit to an automotive legend, the McLaren P1 is the British yin to the Italian yang of the LaFerrari. But it uses Takata airbags that are now subject to recall.

Packing a hybrid powertrain, copious amounts of carbon fiber, and a name that serves as a direct conduit to an automotive legend, the McLaren P1 is the British yin to the Italian yang of the LaFerrari. But it uses Takata airbags that are now subject to recall.

Practically two dozen late-model supercars with defective Takata airbag inflators are now under recall, according to the most current posting by the National Highway Site visitors Security Administration.

What’s specifically disconcerting is how a lot of brand-new exotics produced the list despite their manufacturers realizing, for practically two years, that all non-desiccated Takata inflators with ammonium nitrate would have to be recalled. Among these vehicles are the 2017 Audi R8, the 2016–2017 McLaren 570S, and the entire 2016–2017 Ferrari lineup.

2016-Ferrari-488GTB-lp

2016-Ferrari-488GTB-lp

Tesla joins the recall for the very first time on all 2012–2016 Model S sedans. Amongst older exotics, the 2012 Fisker Karma and Lexus LFA have the defective airbags. Even McLaren P1 owners are not immune to the shrapnel-spewing inflators.

For a lot more data and a complete list of autos that we diligently update and verify, see our principal Takata recall web page. Other models that lately have been added to our list of recalled autos include the Audi TT the GMC Sierra 1500, Yukon, and Yukon XL and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV.


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Ford Recalls 602,000 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ Sedans for Seatbelts

December two, 2016 at 8:54 pm by Clifford Atiyeh | Photography by Michael Simari

2016 Ford Fusion SE

2016 Ford Fusion SE

Ford is recalling 602,739 vehicles in the United States to repair seatbelt pretensioners that might fail in a crash, the automaker stated Friday.
On the 2013–2016 Fusion and 2013–2015 Lincoln MKZ, the pretensioning program, which cinches the belts added tight for front-seat passengers during a collision, has cables that might separate. Ford stated the higher temperatures surrounding the cables in the course of pretensioner deployment, which uses little explosive charges, can result in cable separation and could lead to improved injuries in a crash.

At a later date, dealers will apply a thermal coating on the pretensioner cable anchor to avoid any separation. Ford stated it knows of at least two accidents and two injuries associated to the defect.


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