The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration announced a follow up recall Saturday involving more than 2.12 million Acura, Dodge, Jeep, Honda, Pontiac, and Toyota vehicles. According to the NHSTA manufacturers’ original attempts to fix defects with faulty airbags have fallen short. This new recall is intended to provide a new remedy.
This new recalls cover 2.12 million Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix and Toyota Avalon models made in the early 2000s. The vehicles were subject to earlier recalls to address a problem with an electronic component manufactured by TRW that caused some airbags to deploy inadvertently, in the absence of a crash. NHTSA has identified about 40 vehicles in which airbags deployed unexpectedly after receiving the original fix. The NHSTA said this latest recall is especially important because about 1 million Toyota and Honda vehicles involved in these new recalls are also subject to a recall related to defective Takata airbags that may deploy with enough explosive force to cause injury or even death to vehicle occupants.
Due to the dangers involved in an unplanned deployment, and because some of the vehicles involved may also have defective Takata airbags, the NHTSA is urging consumers who were covered by the original recalls to take their vehicles to their local dealer for the original remedy. That remedy significantly reduces the chance of an airbag deployment that presents a safety risk. At least five deaths and several dozen injuries have occurred due to faulty Takata airbags worldwide.
“This is unfortunately a complicated issue for consumers, who may have to return to their dealer more than once,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. “But this is an urgent safety issue, and all consumers with vehicles covered by the previous recalls should have that remedy installed. Even though it’s a temporary solution until the new remedy is available, they and their families will be safer if they take the time to learn if their vehicle is covered and follow their manufacturers’ instructions. A hassle is much better than a family tragedy.”
The NHSTA has a website where consumers can check their vehicles VIN to see if it falls under a recall notice, that site can be found here. Consumers who want to ask questions about the recall, or to report a possible vehicle safety issue, can call NHTSA’s Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.