The latest update on the massive Toyota recall for airbags that included all of the major Japanese automakers (Honda, Nissan, and Mazda) has revealed that both GM and BMW will be recalling vehicles as well.
It makes sense that GM would be involved, simply because of the vehicle that will be included…the 2003 Pontiac Vibe. This vehicle was built alongside the Toyota Corolla Matrix at the now-defunct NUMMI assembly plant in Fremont, California. This assembly plant was co-owned by Toyota and GM, although when GM filed for bankruptcy a few years ago, they backed out of their obligation to the plant, forcing it to shut down. This in turn led to massive layoffs at the plant, going along with the already planned layoffs through forced attrition and buyouts.
BMW, on the other hand, is still assessing which vehicles will be included in the recall, presumably those that were built using the airbags from Takata, the supplier that is being held responsible.
Here is the still-developing list of certain vehicles that are scheduled to be recalled:
Lexus: 2001-2003 SC430
Honda: 2001-2003 Civic, CR-V, and Odyssey
Nissan: 2001-2003 Maxima, Pathfinder, and Sentra
Infiniti: 2001-2003 I35 and QX4
Mazda: 2003-2004 Mazda6, 2004 RX-8 (only 149 vehicles will be recalled)
GM: 2003 Pontiac Vibe
BMW: to be determined at a later date (presumably 2001-2003 model years)
If you see your vehicle on this list, keep in mind that your specific vehicle may not be recalled, as they are still determining which vehicles will go back to the dealership. If you do receive a notice, you can contact your local dealership. If in a couple of months, you have not received a notice, you can still contact them to provide your VIN.
Source: USA Today