It looks like the first round of recalls for more than 2 million vehicles were insufficient to fix a malfunc- tion that may cause the seatbelts to
tighten and the inadvertent deployment
of the airbags.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony
Foxx announced the recall last month
because the manufacturers’ original
remedies were inadequate to correct the
“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,” said Foxx.
The 2. 12 million vehicles involved in
the recall include vehicles made in the
• 2003 Acura MDX
• 2003-2004 Dodge Viper
• 2002-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
• 2002-2003 Jeep Liberty
• 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey
• 2002-2004 Pontiac Vibe
• 2002-2004 Toyota Corolla
• 2002-2004 Toyota Matrix
• 2002-2004 Toyota Avalon
A review of data submitted by con-
sumers and automakers to the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) found that vehicles repaired
for the previous recall “may have experi-
enced inadvertent deployments,” and the
NHTSA has identified 40 vehicles where
the “airbags deployed unexpectedly” or
without being involved in a crash after
they had been repaired.
There is a concern that some of these
vehicles may still have the defective
Takata airbags, which were the subject of
a major recall last year. Because of these
factors, the NHTSA is urging owners to
take their vehicles to their local dealers to
have the airbags checked, since the airbags could deploy with enough force to
injure or kill vehicle occupants.
“This is unfortunately a complicated
issue for consumers, who may have to return to their dealer more than once,” said
NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind
in an NHTSA press release. “But this is
an urgent safety issue, and all consum-
ers 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 NHTSA is asking for additional
information from the manufacturer in-
volved, TRW, to see if other models might
be affected and working with automakers
to see how quickly they can devise a rem-
edy for the problem.
Consumers can visit NHTSA’s Safer-
Car.gov website to see whether or not
their vehicle is affected by the recall.
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It’s Déjà vu for Airbag Recalls
By Patricia L. Harman, PropertyCasualty360.com