In another blow to consumer confidence, and the auto industry’s already battered reputation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has ordered the recall of another 2.1 million vehicles. Officials ordered the recall once it was determined that the airbags in question would deploy spontaneously and without provocation.
As stated by Consumer Reports, this is the second time these airbags and vehicles have been recalled for the same issue, leaving many owners wondering why the original remedy did not work. Complicating the issue even more – many of the airbags being recalled for spontaneous deployment are also part of the deadly Takata recall, which has been linked to at least five deaths in the past 10 years.
The automobiles involved in this most recent action include:
- 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
At the heart of the matter is a tiny electronic control module that monitors when and how an airbag is deployed. In the aforementioned vehicles, other electronics located in the car can interfere with the module and cause the airbag to deploy suddenly. The device, developed by auto part manufacturer TRW, was thought to be repaired in an earlier recall with a type of shielding. It has since been discovered that the housing was not enough to prevent interference and now the entire module must be replaced.
Unfortunately, the module is now in short supply, and it may be until year’s end that many drivers will be able to receive the fix. However, as NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind stated earlier this week: “This is unfortunately a complicated issue for consumers, who may have to return to their dealer more than once. But this is an urgent safety issue, and all consumers with vehicles covered by the previous recalls should have that remedy installed.”
If you or a family member owns one of the vehicles in this or another recall, Kahn Roven highly recommends speaking with your dealership as soon as possible. Should you have any questions about potential liability issues with your vehicle or have been involved in an accident you believe to be the result of faulty equipment, contact our office today for a consultation. Dial (213) 738-0708.