A new airbag problem is leading to more vehicle recalls; vehicles with defective Continental airbags could fail to deploy in the event of an accident, or even go off at random.
According to Continental Automotive Systems, the manufacturer at the forefront of the recall, airbag control computers could become compromised by moisture. The moisture in the compartment will cause corrosion of vital components, which could cause the airbags to fail during an auto accident, or the airbags could even deploy at other times.
The Continental airbag recall could affect as many as five million automobiles across the globe. Continental states that less than two million of these vehicles are located in the United States. The affected U.S. vehicles include those manufactured by Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Mercedes, and Volkswagen; these manufacturers have already issued a recall. Certain Mazda and Volvo Truck automobiles may also contain the defective airbags, though a recall has yet to be announced.
- Honda will recall 364,787 vehicles worldwide, specifically Accords with model years from 2008 to 2010.
- Fiat Chrysler has announced a recall of 112,000 vehicles, including the 2009 Dodge Journey, 2008-2009 Dodge Grand Caravan, 2008-2009 Chrysler Town & Country, and the 2009 Volkswagen Routan.
- In 2015, Mercedes recalled 126,260 vehicles because of the airbag issue, including 2008-2009 C-Class vehicles and 2010 GLK350 models.
Honda has already uncovered two injuries stemming from the faulty Continental airbags. Continental first discovered the airbag issue in 2008; Honda reported two airbag malfunctions related to crashes of their 2008 Accord model vehicles, which were reported in 2015. Following this discovery, U.S. safety regulators initiated an investigation.
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