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Toyota, Honda and FCA have air bag problems that seriously injure people

Airbag Exploding jpgToyota, Honda and Fiat Chrysler (January 2015) have recalled 2.12 million older vehicles because of electronic defects that can cause airbags to inadvertently deploy, causing physical injury including eye damage.

The airbag electronic “module is subject to electrical interference from other components in the car that can cause it to trigger one or more air bags [to] spontaneously [deploy while driving even if there has not been a crash].”

Not fixed the first time

Although earlier recalls in 2012 and 2014 had tried to fix the electronic problem, some cars that been repaired under those recalls “subsequently experienced inadvertent air bag deployments, prompting this latest campaign.” The recall “also addressed seat-belt tighteners that could incorrectly activate.”

Deaths

Although Honda reported in 2010 there were no deaths associated with the recall of their vehicles due to the air bag problem, in 2014, the U.S. regulators fined Honda $70 million for failing to report over 1,700 injuries and deaths associated with their vehicles. It should be noted that in the U.S., car manufacturers are required to report deaths associated with their vehicles.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports, The Wall Street Journal

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