New Airbag Defects Force Millions of Vehicle Recalls
Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on Feb 26, 2016 in Recalls
In the wake of the massive Takata airbag recall, new problems have been discovered with airbags manufactured by Continental Automotive Systems.
The discovery is forcing automakers to recall approximately five million vehicles worldwide.
Following 19 complaints associated with older model Honda Accords, a safety investigation of the airbags was initiated in August 2015.
Drivers of the Honda vehicles reported their airbags failed to inflate during crashes. Two injuries related to faulty Continental airbags have been reported by Honda thus far.
Moisture an Issue
Continental Automotive Systems has stated that the computer systems within certain airbags may be compromised if moisture comes in contact with its components.
Moisture could lead to corrosion of the system’s power supply, which could cause the airbag to fail in the event of an impact.
The company also reported that the airbags could deploy at random, even if no crash has occurred.
Vehicle Brands Recalled
Fewer than two million vehicles affected by the recall are thought to be located in the United States.
Automakers who have issued Continental airbag recalls include Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen, and Mercedes. Models include:
- 2010 Honda Accord
- 2009 Dodge Journey
- 2008-2009 Dodge Grand Caravan
- 2008-2009 Chrysler Town & Country
- 2009 Volkswagen Routan
- 2008-2009 Mercedes C-Class vehicles
- 2010 Mercedes GLK350
- Unidentified Mazda models and Volvo truck models
The airbag computers will be replaced, free of charge, for owners of recalled vehicles.
Shortage of Replacement Parts
Honda has stated that owners of affected vehicles will soon be receiving notification of the recall through the mail. However, a sufficient supply of replacement parts will not be available until later this year, which may delay repairs.
Vehicles with an activated “supplemental restraint system” light will receive priority with repairs. Anyone whose vehicle is displaying this error light should take their vehicle to a dealership for repairs as soon as possible. Replacement parts that are currently in stock will be designated for these vehicles.
We depend on vehicle safety features to protect our loved ones, and faulty airbags put drivers and passengers at serious risk of injury or death.
If you or someone you love has suffered due to a malfunctioning airbag, the defective product attorneys at the Arnold Law Firm will fight for your rights and work hard to maximize your settlement.