There is a new airbag recall affecting 5 million vehicles worldwide and approximately 2.2 million in the U.S. The defect has already reportedly been linked to numerous injuries, and there are reports the German manufacturer and the automakers have been aware of the issue for several years now.
We are of course familiar with that modus operandi from Takata, a Japanese airbag manufacturer that knew of – and informed automakers – of a serious product defect as early as 2004. The company waited four years before recalling just 4,000 of the 24 million vehicles affected. Now, that problem has been connected to 10 deaths and 100 injuries, and although a full recall by 14 car makers was issued, millions of these defective vehicles still remain on U.S. roads.
In the latest recall, the supplier is Continental Automotive Systems, and the manufacturers that have so far stepped forward are Honda and Fiat Chrysler. Other manufacturers Volvo Trucks and Mazda have not yet issued recalls, but are investigating whether that is necessary. The issue is that an controlling electrical component made by Continental has the potential for corrosion. This could – and apparently in some cases already has – result in the airbags failing to deploy or deploying inadvertently. Continue reading