Text: Anton Andres / Photos: NHTSA, Manufacturer press | posted February 05, 2016 17:50
Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz cars affected
Continental Automotive Systems, electronics supplier for automotive manufacturers, released a statement regarding defective airbag control units installed in cars from 2006 to 2010. Automakers involved are Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Mercedes-Benz and three other manufacturers.
Continental has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that there are an estimated 5 million cars affected in their airbag recall. In the US alone, there are 1.5 to 2 million cars fitted with the defective part. Manufacturers affected by the defective part have taken necessary steps to replace the new control units and Continental has also called other automakers who have yet to do a product recall.
Honda USA is recalling 341,000 Accords sold from 2008-2010 to replace control units. At the time of writing, the company has received 1,575 warranty claims, 83 reports of non-deployment or sudden deployment and two confirmed injuries linked to the defect.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also released a TSB for the 2009 Dodge Journey, 2008-2009 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country. According to FCA, 112,000 vehicles were fitted with the faulty module and 25 reports of non-deployment.
Before Continental's announcement, Mercedes-Benz USA took precautionary steps when NHTSA began investigating an incident wherein a Honda Accord's airbag with the Continental system did not deploy in a collision. In October, the German automaker recalled 126,000 2008 to 2009 C-Class models, as well as a number 2010 GLKs.
Continental has also contacted Volvo Trucks and Mazda regarding the defective airbag control unit.