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NHTSA Announces Recall of 2.12 Million Vehicles for Airbag Issue

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/2/2015 Erick Ayapana

A number of automakers today have issued a recall of 2.12 million vehicles for defective airbags that may inadvertently deploy. This is a follow up on a previous recall and involves Honda, Acura, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Toyota vehicles built in the early 2000s. The recall is unrelated to the current Takata airbag crisis.

The affected vehicles were previously recalled from 2012 to 2014 for the same issue, Reuters reports. Automakers discovered a defective chip within the airbag electronic control module and issued a repair to prevent the airbags from inadvertently deploying. 2003-dodge-viper-winding-road© Provided by MotorTrend 2003-dodge-viper-winding-road

However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently discovered that the repairs may not be working after it received reports of the issue reoccurring in at least 39 vehicles involved from the previous recall. Parts maker TRW produced the defective module. The defect has caused minor injuries, though no deaths have been reported.

This time around, the automakers will replace the entire control module, though the agency reports that those parts may not be available until late 2015. Involved automakers will perform a temporary fix until the parts arrive. 2004 Toyota Matrix© Provided by MotorTrend 2004 Toyota Matrix

The agency reports that the recall involves around 1 million Toyota vehicles, while 750,000 come from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Meanwhile, Honda and Acura will recall around 374,000.

Affected models include model year 2003-2004 Toyota Avalon sedans, Corolla sedans, Matrix hatchbacks (and Pontiac Vibe), 2002-2003 Jeep Liberty SUVs, 2003-2004 Dodge Viper coupes, 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey minivans, and 2003 Acura MDX crossovers.

Source: NHTSA, Reuters, Automotive News (Subscription required)

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