Airbag Recall Remedies Not Working

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press released regarding the additional recall of 2.12 million vehicles that have already undergone some type of fix from the manufacturer for defective airbags. The cars in question have airbags that can inadvertently deploy. Certain models of Acura, Dodge, Jeep, Honda, Pontiac and Toyota vehicles with the defective airbags are being recalled a second time because the first manufacturer provided remedy didn’t work for some automobiles.

First Recall Didn’t Take

Unfortunately, the original ‘fix’ for these cars proved ineffective in some of the vehicles, so the manufacturers are conducting a second recall to get it right this time. At this time, the NHTSA has identified approximately 40 cases where airbags deployed inadvertently after cars were ‘fixed’ with the original remedy. This means airbags are deploying at inappropriate times and in the absence of an actual crash.

Explosive Force of an Airbag

While this may not sound like too serious of a problem, if your car is one of the recalled vehicles, you need to get it to a dealer as soon as possible. The explosive force of an airbag deploying, especially at an inappropriate time, can cause devastating, catastrophic and even fatal injuries.

Makes and Models Being Re-Recalled

• Acura MDX
• Dodge Viper
• Jeep Grand Cherokee
• Jeep Liberty
• Honda Odyssey
• Pontiac Vibe
• Toyota Corolla
• Toyota Matrix
• Toyota Avalon

A Second Remedy for Defective Airbags

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind was quick to point out that while this is a complicated issue for consumers who have to make an additional appointment to take their cars in, it’s absolutely critical for safer operation of their vehicles. If your car is currently under recall or a secondary recall, you need to get the problem addressed as soon as possible by contacting a local dealership.

If you’re not sure if your automobile is under recall, you can check using the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) at Safercar.gov’s Recall Lookup page.

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