NHTSA Recalls 2.1 Million Vehicles with Airbag Issue
Feb. 2, 2015—Federal safety regulators for the U.S. are recalling another 2.1 million vehicles to fix defects that could cause airbags to deploy when they are not supposed to, according to a report from Reuters.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the plan to repair a chip in the affected airbags originally offered by parts-manufacturer TRW Automotive for more than 2 million Dodge, Jeep, Acura, Honda, Pontiac, and Toyota vehicles wasn't good enough. There were 39 reported vehicles that experienced inadvertent air bag deployments following the fix, spurning the new recall.
The NHTSA cited the problems associated with the airbags as "electrical noise" in the air bag system.
The agency also said the affected models had a part called an electronic control unit that controls deployment of its air bags. TRW supplied control units containing the same control circuit to each automaker.
To find out if a vehicle is affected by the recall, enter its VIN at safercar.gov.