About 15.5 million Takata airbags have been repaired, but some in Congress say the pace is too slow.

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About 15.5 million Takata airbags have been repaired, but some in Congress say the pace is too slow.

— The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says nearly 15.5 million Takata airbags have been repaired in the U.S. out of 70 million that need replaced by 2019.

According to safety regulators, about 43 million vehicles are involved in the recalls that include about 35 automakers/brands. As of the beginning of May 2017, some automakers have repaired only 2 percent of affected Takata airbags.

Some in Congress are concerned about the completion rates and if enough is being done to protect consumers.

Senators John Thune and Bill Nelson sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao asking a series of questions about airbags that haven't been repaired. Chao was also asked about replacement airbag inflators and how they relate to the timeliness of repairs.

The letter also requests information if NHTSA is handling the priority of the recalls in the best way.

The senators want to know if NHTSA is “satisfied that the phased-in approach to the recalls — replacing certain higher-risk inflators first before launching all recalls by 2019 — strikes an appropriate balance between maintaining the availability of replacement parts and ensuring vehicle occupant safety.”

Takata Airbag Recall Completion Rates (As of May 2017)

 

BMW

  • Driver-side Airbags Repaired - 108,190 (7.70 percent)
  • Passenger-side Airbags Repaired - 232,612 (35.12 percent)
  • Total BMW Airbags Repaired - 340,802 (16.48 percent)

Daimler Vans USA LLC

  • Driver-side Airbags Repaired - Not Applicable
  • Passenger-side Airbags Repaired - 3,776 (9.72 percent)
  • Total Daimler Vans Airbags Repaired - 3,776 (9.72 percent)

Daimler Trucks North America

  • Driver-side Airbags Repaired - 861 (33.10 percent)
  • Passenger-side Airbags Repaired - Not Applicable
  • Total Daimler Trucks Airbags Repaired - 861 (33.10 percent)

Chrysler (FCA US)

  • Driver-side Airbags Repaired - 1,543,320 (37.14 percent)
  • Passenger-side Airbags Repaired - 163,882 (3.28 percent)
  • Total Chrysler Airbags Repaired - 1,707,202 (18.64 percent)

Ferrari

  • Driver-side Airbags Repaired - Not Applicable
  • Passenger-side Airbags Repaired - 744 (26.29 percent)
  • Total Ferrari Airbags Repaired - 744 (26.29 percent)

Ford

  • Driver-side Airbags Repaired - 388,833 (28.33 percent)
  • Passenger-side Airbags Repaired - 110,862 (30.55 percent)
  • Total Ford Airbags Repaired - 499,695 (28.80 percent)

General Motors

  • Driver-side Airbags Repaired - 677 (0.63 percent)
  • Passenger-side Airbags Repaired - 152,857 (24.52 percent)
  • Total GM Airbags Repaired - 153,534 (21.02 percent)

Honda

  • Driver-side Airbags Repaired - 5,455,716 (64.38 percent)
  • Passenger-side Airbags Repaired - 4,632,504 (50.02 percent)
  • Total Honda Airbags Repaired - 10,088,220 (56.88 percent)

Jaguar Land Rover

  • Driver-side Airbags Repaired - Not Applicable
  • Passenger-side Airbags Repaired - 1,273 (2.32 percent)
  • Total Jaguar Airbags Repaired - 1,273 (2.32 percent)

Mazda

  • Driver-side Airbags Repaired - 121,526 (26.31 percent)
  • Passenger-side Airbags Repaired - 112,029 (13.59 percent)
  • Total Mazda Airbags Repaired - 233,555 (18.16 percent)

Mercedes-Benz

  • Driver-side Airbags Repaired - 11,126 (1.58 percent)
  • Passenger-side Airbags Repaired - Not Applicable
  • Total Mercedes-Benz Airbags Repaired - 11,126 (1.58 percent)

Mitsubishi

  • Driver-side Airbags Repaired - 6,227 (28.57 percent)
  • Passenger-side Airbags Repaired - 22,479 (16.33 percent)
  • Total Mitsubishi Airbags Repaired - 28,706 (18.00 percent)

Nissan

  • Driver-side Airbags Repaired - Not Applicable
  • Passenger-side Airbags Repaired - 316,363 (21.29 percent)
  • Total Nissan Airbags Repaired - 316,363 (21.29 percent)

Subaru

  • Driver-side Airbags Repaired - Not Applicable
  • Passenger-side Airbags Repaired - 352,365 (31.37 percent)
  • Total Subaru Airbags Repaired - 352,365 (31.37 percent)

Tesla

  • Driver-side Airbags Repaired - Not Applicable
  • Passenger-side Airbags Repaired - 391 (12.94 percent)
  • Total Tesla Airbags Repaired - 391 (12.94 percent)

Toyota

  • Driver-side Airbags Repaired - 93,089 (63.10 percent)
  • Passenger-side Airbags Repaired - 1,615,587 (31.00 percent)
  • Total Toyota Airbags Repaired - 1,708,676 (31.89 percent)

Volkswagen/Audi

  • Driver-side Airbags Repaired - 16,525 (2.04 percent)
  • Passenger-side Airbags Repaired - Not Applicable
  • Total VW and Audi Airbags Repaired - 16,525 (2.04 percent)

NHTSA lists the following automakers and their brands as affected by the Takata recalls:

  • Acura
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • Daimler Trucks North America (Sterling Bullet)
  • Daimler Vans USA LLC (Sprinter)
  • Dodge
  • Ferrari
  • Fisker
  • Ford
  • GMC
  • Honda
  • Infiniti
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
  • Land Rover
  • Lexus
  • Lincoln
  • Mazda
  • McLaren
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mercury
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Pontiac
  • Ram
  • Saab
  • Saturn
  • Scion
  • Subaru
  • Tesla
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen

Learn more about if your vehicle is affected by exploding Takata airbags by checking out our guide to the recalls.