5M Vehicles Recalled For Defective Continental Air Bags

That one involves roughly 19 million vehicles in the United States alone and has resulted in severe fines to the company by NHTSA.

That risk with Takata airbags has been at the center of a massive safety action that has led to the recall of tens of millions of vehicles worldwide and has continued to grow in recent weeks.

Fiat Chrysler has reports of as many as 25 inadvertent air bag deployments.

“This is the largest, most expensive recall problem in history and it will take the longest time to resolve”, said Kart Brauer, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

In the meantime, Honda plans to mail owners an interim recall notice within the next two months.

The defect with the air bag is with its inflater, which is a metal casing having explosives inside that assist in helping inflate the air bag during an accident.

In the statement, Honda said it has received no reports of a ruptured “PSDI-5” inflator in any Honda or Acura vehicle worldwide. According to its filing, Dodge Journey, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country, and Volkswagen Routan – which Chrysler manufactured – were the affected vehicles.

The memo also included a warning: auto dealerships would be responsible for any claims stemming from selling an unrepaired vehicle from the affected population.

The U.S. safety investigation is still under way.

“This also means that the safety of the vehicle passengers and operators are in jeopardy and potentially face serious injury or death”, another complainant wrote.

If you own one of the vehicles that made the list, then Honda and Acura dealers will replace the inflators with parts from an alternative supplier at no cost of the owners of the Honda or Acura vehicle. Despite an aggressive campaign, Honda brand boss Jeff Conrad told TheDetroitBureau.com that only about 50 percent of the vehicles Honda had targeted prior to this week’s recall have so far been repaired.

Honda says that it will replace airbag inflators on those vehicles with devices from another supplier (i.e. not Takata).

Japanese automaker Honda Motor announced on Wednesday that it will recall an additional 2.23 million cars that might be equipped with potentially defective air bags in the U.S.

It recalled another 269,000 similar models in Canada on Monday for the same issue.

Meanwhile, an analyst thinks that the Continental air bag recall can’t be compared to the Takata air bag recall, mainly because fewer vehicles are impacted by Continental’s recall.

This isn’t Honda’s first recall rodeo when it comes to Takata. Brauer says that a dealer is much more likely to be held liable if something does go wrong with a vehicle they sold if it were to be retailed prior to its fix.

Automakers To Recall Over 5 Million Vehicles Worldwide Over Faulty Air Bag

 

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