Second Air Bag Fix Needed for 2.12 Million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda Vehicles

NHTSA has recalled more than 2.12 million vehicles from Toyota, Honda, and Chrysler for a second time for air bag issues.  The breakdown is about 1 million Toyota vehicles, 374,177 cars from American Honda, and 753,176 vehicles from Fiat Chrysler.  The problem now is that the air bags fixed once already may inadvertently inflate while the car is running.  About 15% of the vehicles that were fixed after the first recall have had their airbags deployed inadvertently again.  The first recalls for this issue occurred from 2012 to 2014.  Additionally, 1 million of the Toyota and Honda vehicles in this second recall are also subject to the separate Takata air bag recall currently plaguing the automobile industry.

Click here to read the full SF Gate article:  Drivers: Return to your dealers for a 2nd air bag recall fix 

The vehicle models affected by the recall include the following:

  • 2002-03 Jeep Liberty and 2002-04 Jeep Grand Cherokees
  • 2003-04 Honda Odyssey and 2003 Acura MDX (about 370,000 vehicles)
  • 2003-04 Pontiac Vibe (made by Toyota); Dodge Viper; and Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix and Toyota Avalon.

These vehicles were manufactured from 2002 to 2004.

All of the vehicles now included in this second recall had already been under review for faulty air bags.  Initially, the first recall remedy did not work when car dealerships solved the problem by partially replacing the electronic control unit.  The new fix is to replace the unit in full, including the circuit involved in the inadvertent deployments.  The remedy for the second recall will be available to all affected vehicles by the end of the year.

Americans rely on manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed product.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm have successfully represented many people injured from defective autos such as Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, GM, and their component parts. Additionally, we have successfully represented people injured by defective helmets, bicycles, motorcycles, fuel pumps, brakes, car seats, seat belts, air bags, table saws, pumps, industrial machinery used in the workplace, barbeques, heating systems, and numerous other household and industrial products.

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