Updated:
Original:

More than 2M cars recalled a second time for faulty airbags

Author:

More than two million vehicles are being recalled for a second time over concerns involving faulty airbags.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Saturday that vehicles made by Acura, Dodge, Jeep, Honda, Pontiac and Toyota in the early 2000s are subject to the recall for a defect that may cause their airbags to deploy even when the car isn't involved in a crash.

The agency said all these vehicles had been recalled earlier for the same problem – a faulty electronic control unit made by TRW Automotive of Michigan.

The original fix involved replacing just one component of the unit, but it turns out that repair didn't solve the problem in some vehicles. So now, NHTSA said, the automakers will replace the entire control unit. But it might take until the end of the year to repair all the affected vehicles, according to the agency.

“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,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.

Complicating the matter even further, about 1 million Toyota and Honda vehicles involved in these new recalls are also subject to a recall of the airbags themselves. The airbags, manufactured by Takata, could deploy with too much force and spray pieces of metal inside the vehicle, causing injury or even death.

NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind is urging the owners of recalled vehicles to take them in to their local dealers for the original remedy now if they haven't already done so.

He acknowledged that it's an inconvenience for consumers who may have to take their cars in more than once. But he called it an "urgent safety issue."

"Even though it’s a temporary solution until the new remedy is available, [consumers] and their families will be safer if they take the time to learn if their vehicle is covered and follow their manufacturers’ instructions, said Rosekind. "A hassle is much better than a family tragedy.”

About 40 airbags that had been replaced under the previous recall have deployed inadvertently again, according to the Associated Press.

NHTSA has more information about the latest recall, including a list of the affected makes and models, here.

Next Up

Anthony Edwards

Ant's rally not enough to save Timberwolves

Edwards' third-quarter explosion came too late in a loss to the Pelicans.

Rent, mortgage, house, key, door

Victims of property manager's sexual harassment to get $736,000

It's part of a consent decree announced by the Department of Justice Monday.

The Liffey Pub Facebook

St. Paul's Irish pub The Liffey reveals it won't reopen

The beloved pub has been closed since the start of the pandemic.

Proctor football

Proctor football investigation: Case goes to county attorney

The office will review the evidence and consider possible criminal charges.

kirsten mitchell screegrab

'I’m heading home!': CA reporter announces return to WCCO

Kirsten Mitchell interned at WCCO years ago. Now, she's coming back as a reporter.

eggs

As part of price gouging settlement, farm to donate 1M eggs to food nonprofits

The egg producer will donate more than 1 million eggs to nonprofits fighting hunger.

plane, Piper PA-32

Sheriff: Witnesses saw plane 'performing aerial maneuvers' before fatal crash

The single-engine aircraft went down in northern Wisconsin, killing a brother and sister.

Screen Shot 2021-10-25 at 8.51.02 AM

Community rallies around Minnetonka HS dancer battling brain tumor

A fundraiser raised more than $44,000 of its $60,000 goal in the first two days.

twin city gardens

In rare move, MDH takes control of Minneapolis nursing home

The temporary receivership is to ensure resident safety.

Sen Mark Koran crop

Lawmaker deletes post encouraging donations to family charged in Capitol riot

Sen. Mark Koran, in his Facebook post, described them as "a good family!"

Related