NHTSA Follow Up Recall of 2.12M Vehicles Due to Automakers’ Failure to Fix Airbag Defects
February 3, 2015
Just days ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a follow up recall for airbag defects due to findings that the original remedies associated with previous recalls have not been effective at fixing the issues with certain vehicles. In particular, the airbag defects in question are related to a defective electronic component made by TRW and contained within the airbags that causes them to inadvertently deploy (i.e., airbag deployment in absence of a collision).
To date, NHTSA officials have identified at least 40 vehicles in which the original fix for the airbag defects did not work and airbags have still deployed unexpectedly.
As U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx stated in announcing this NHTSA follow up recall, “keeping the traveling public safe is our number one priority, and we expect the manufacturers to get this remedy right to prevent injury to drivers and their families.”
Airbag Defects & the NHTSA Follow Up Recall: The Impacted Vehicles
The NHTSA follow up recall will reportedly impact about 2.12 million vehicles in the U.S. that were made in the early 2000s. Among the impacted vehicles include:
- About 750,000 Jeep vehicles, including 2002-2003 Jeep Liberty and 2002-2004 Grand Cherokees;
- About 370,000 Honda vehicles, including 2003-2004 Honda Odysseys and 2003 Acura MDXs;
- About 1 million additional vehicles (not all of which were sold in the U.S.), including 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibes, Dodge Vipers, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrixes and Toyota Avalons.
Given that some of the recalled vehicles may also be impacted by the defective Takata airbag recall, NHTSA officials are now strongly urging the public to check if their vehicles are affected and to take immediate action to respond to the recalls to eliminate any extra risks presented to themselves and their families.
To check if your vehicle may be impacted by this NHTSA follow up recall, as well as to get more answers about what you should do if your vehicle is impacted, click here.
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