U.S. safety regulators have announced the recall of more than 2.1 million vehicles made by Toyota, Chrysler, and Honda for a defect that may cause the vehicle's air bags to deploy in the absence of an accident.
The recall was announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Saturday, Reuters reports. The new air bag recall is unrelated to the massive ongoing Takata air bags recall. However, according to NHTSA, about 1 million of the vehicles included in the new recall are also affected by the Takata air bag recalls, which may make getting the required repairs even more urgent.
Which vehicles are included in this latest recall, and what should owners of recalled vehicles do?
The vehicles included in the recall are all older vehicles from model years 2002, 2003, and 2004. They include:
- 2002-03 Jeep Liberty
- 2002-04 Jeep Grand Cherokees
- 2003-04 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 Acura MDX
- 2003-04 Pontiac Vibe
- 2003-04 Dodge Viper
- 2003-04 Toyota Corolla
- 2003-04 Toyota Matrix
- 2003-04 Toyota Avalon
There have been about 400 reports of air bags deploying inadvertently in the vehicles subject to the recall. These deployments have caused injuries but have not lead to any deaths. According to a NHTSA press release, the recalled vehicles had been subject to earlier recalls by the vehicles' manufacturers, but the recall repairs failed to fix the problem.
For owners of the approximately 1 million vehicles included in the new recall that are also included in the Takata air bags recall, taking action may be especially important. The Takata air bags may have a defect which causes shrapnel to fly into the passenger compartment upon airbag deployment, making an inadvertent deployment more likely to cause serious injury.
How to Determine Whether Your Car Is Subject to Recall
If you believe your car may require repairs under this or another recall, NHTSA has set up an online search tool that allows consumers to search using a car's Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
Consumers who do own a car included in the recall should bring in their vehicle to a dealer for repairs immediately, even if those cars had been repaired in previous recalls for the same issue, NHTSA advises.
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- Honda Expands Takata Airbag Recall (FindLaw's Common Law)
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