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New Air Bag Defect Prompts Recall of 2.1M Vehicles

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A defect that may be the cause of air bags inadvertently deploying, has prompted federal safety regulators to issue a recall. This recall involves vehicles that even if they have been repaired due to a separate defect that be responsible for the death of at least six people due to deployments with excessive force in crashes. An estimated 2.12 vehicles are included in this recall.

The recall involves several makes and models:

2002 through 2004 Jeep Cherokees and Grand Cherokees, 2002 and 2003 Jeep Libertys and 2003 and 2004 Dodge Vipers.

Just over 1 million Toyota vehicles, including Corollas, Matrixes and Avalons from 2003 and 2004 model years, as well as Pontiac Vibes from the same years that were assembled in a plant then-jointly owned by Toyota and General Motors.

About 374,000 Honda Odyssey minivans from 2003 and 2004 model years, as well as 2003 Acura MDX utility vehicles.

These vehicles were subject to previous recalls that addressed the same concern with an electronic component manufactured by TRW Automotive that caused some airbags to deploy unexpectedly. Some were also included in a recall by Takata because they can deploy with excessive force and spray metal fragments inside the vehicle posing a risk to the driver and occupants.

Consumer Action:  Check your vehicle’s identification number (VIN) online at www.safercar.gov/vinand see if it is included in the recall.

More than 10 automakers are recalling more than 8-million vehicles in the U.S. for this problem.  For more information, please refer to the NHTSA’s questions-and-answers.