Daimler recalls 840,000 cars with Takata airbags

Mercedes Benz Takata Airbag Recall

Daimler is recalling 840,000 cars and vans in order to replace potentially defective Takata airbags.

The company says the recall includes nearly 705,000 Mercedes-Benz cars and around 136,000 Daimler vans in the United States.

This is just another in a long line of mounting Takata airbag recalls. Millions of cars have been recalled because of violent airbag explosions linked to the safety product

Most models that have been recalled are older vehicles, dating back to 2008 or earlier. However, US regulators said last week that newer car models were also at risk.

Daimler said the recall was “precautionary” and would cost the company 340 million euros ($382 million). It said its 2015 net profit, reported last week, will be cut to 8.7 billion euros ($9.8 billion) as a result of the charge.

The Takata airbag recall from Daimler includes various Mercedes models dating between 2005 through 2014. Daimler vans include models ranging from 2007 to 2014.

Takata airbag recalls have now affected Honda, Ford, Nissan, and Toyota.

It is highly suggested that vehicle owners have the airbags replaced, as the devices can explode when activated, firing out shards of metal that have caused death and injury at the wheel.

At least 10 deaths worldwide, including 9 in the US, have been reported because of Takata’s defective product.