The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Saturday announced the recall of 2.12 million defective vehicles that may cause airbags for deployment without giving any warning.
Among the vehicles that were recalled include: Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty, Dodge Viper, Acura MDX, Pontiac Vibe, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Avalon and Toyota Matrix. All the vehicles involved in the recall include from model years 2002 to 2004.
US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, “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.”
Some of the same vehicles had been earlier recalled for absolutely the same problem, but the manufacturers’ repairs failed to resolve the issue, officials said.
According to the NHTSA, the previous fix only lowered the problem by nearly 85 percent but there remained enough vehicles from the same defect to warrant a second recall.
Instead of simple installation of a device for protection of the airbag sensor module, the manufacturers will now be completely replacing the impact sensor.
Meanwhile, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind has asked the customers to visit their service providers in order to get the defect repaired immediately.
“This is unfortunately a complicated issue for consumers, who may have to return to their dealer more than once. But this is an urgent safety issue, and all consumers with vehicles covered by the previous recalls should have that remedy installed,” Rosekind said.
Rosekind said that even if it’s a temporary solution until the manufacturers find a new solution, the consumers can remain safe taking note of their manufacturers’ instructions seriously.
Some Honda and Toyota vehicles, covered under the current recall, have also been withdrawn for another defect of Takata airbags, which may be engaged with deployment with potentially deadly explosive force.