The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just announced another huge, sweeping recall of vehicles with potentially dangerous airbags: 2.12 million Acura, Dodge, Jeep, Honda, Pontiac, and Toyota vehicles whose airbags may inadvertently deploy when there isn't an accident.
The safety agency says the vehicles were not adequately fixed by previous recall actions, and roughly one million of the Toyotas and Hondas involved carry the Takata-built airbags that can shoot metal shrapnel at passengers during deployment.
NHTSA says it "discovered through the monitoring of incoming data from consumers and automakers that some vehicles remedied under the previous recalls may have experienced inadvertent deployments," urging "all three automakers to issue new recalls to implement a more effective remedy."
The agency says it identified about 40 vehicles that had unexpected airbag deployment after receiving the original recall fix.
Specifically, the defect involves a component of the airbag control module made by TRW. When subject to electrical interference from other vehicle components, a short-circuit can cause inadvertent deployment of the front air bags, side curtain air bags, and/or seatbelt pretensioners while driving.
The affected vehicles are listed below. To see if your vehicle is covered by this recall, .
- 2003 MDX
- 2002-2003 Jeep Liberty
- 2002-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
- 2003-2004 Dodge Viper
- 2003-2004 Odyssey
- 2003-2004 Vibe
- 2003-2004 Corolla
- 2003-2004 Matrix
- 2003-2004 Avalon