With the automotive industry still reeling from the massive airbag recall triggered by faulty inflators produced by the Japanese company Takata, yet another recall has now been issued. More than two-million vehicles that were previously recalled due to an electronical problem are now being recalled again. The previous recall involved an electronical problem that caused air bags to deploy spontaneously. The reason for this new recall is that the remedy that was applied after the first recall has turned out to not be a reliable fix.
Vehicles Recalled Due to Additional Airbag Issue
According to the current recall, airbags containing an electronic airbag control module made by parts supplier TRW are at risk of electrical interference from other components in the car. This can cause the control module to trigger one or more airbags spontaneously, even when there has not been a crash. These airbags were recalled previously between 2012 and 2014. As a repair, electrical noise filters were installed in order to shield the module. Unfortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has identified at least 40 vehicles that had spontaneous air bag deployments even after the first recall and fix. As a result, the new recall has been triggered.
Which vehicles are subject to the recall? The following is an overview:
- 2003 Acura MDX
- 2003–2004 Dodge Viper
- 2002–2003 Jeep Liberty
- 2002–2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
- 2004–2004 Honda Odyssey
- 2003–2004 Pontiac Vibe
- 2003–2004 Toyota Corolla
- 2003–2004 Toyota Matrix
- 2003–2004 Toyota Avalon
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has further disclosed that approximately one million of the recalled Hondas and Toyotas also contain the faulty airbag inflators made by Takata.