When it rains it pours. On the heels of Honda’s expanded Takata airbag recall Wednesday, comes word that another airbag recall is just now getting underway. This one is a different kind of airbag problem and has nothing to do with Japanese supplier Takata. Rather, it involves its competition.
Rival airbag supplier Continental Automotive Systems is behind the latest recall that involves airbags that may not deploy at all or, alternatively, could deploy without warning. The recall involves potentially defective airbag control units used in 5 million vehicles made by Daimler, Honda and Fiat Chrysler. Injuries linked to the issue have been reported. Vehicles built by Volvo Trucks North America and Mazda are also involved.
The unit of Germany-based Continental AG told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the recall involves electronic systems built from 2006 through 2010 and used in 5 million vehicles globally.
The automakers impacted by the news are taking it seriously.
Late Wednesday, Honda issued a recall covering 341,000 2008-2010 Honda Accord sedans. Reuters reports that the automaker has received over 1,000 warranty claims involving airbags that didn’t deploy. At least two injuries are linked to the defect. However, Honda says due to the large volume of new parts needed to repair affected units, the necessary parts will not be available until fall 2016.
Fiat Chrysler has also issued a recall as well. It covers roughly 112,000 vehicles including the 2009 Dodge Journey, 2009 Volkswagen Routan and 2008-2009 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country. FCA US says it’s aware of seven potentially related “minor” injuries, but no related accidents. FCA also notes none of the affected vehicles are equipped with ammonium-nitrate inflators that can explode.
Daimler was already on top the problem and recalled 126,000 Mercedes-Benz 2008-2009 C-Class and certain 2010 GLK-Class vehicles in October 2015 for this issue.
According to Reuters, Continental first learned of the problem in 2008 and made multiple changes to its control units in the following years. It’s believed the problem was finally solved in early 2011.