Continental Automotive Systems has recalled nearly five million potentially corroded airbags worldwide. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the airbags contain faulty electrical systems that may become ineffective over time, causing the airbag not to deploy in the event of a collision or deploy at an inopportune moment that may cause the driver to crash. The following automakers are impacted by the Continental airbag recall: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Honda, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Trucks (unrelated to the Volvo car company), Mazda, and Mercedes-Benz. Kia was also affected by the Continental airbag recall; however, none of the recalled vehicles are in the U.S.
The defective airbag control units were manufactured between 2006 and 2010. It appears that the defect impacts fewer than 2 million vehicles in the U.S. A majority of the recalled airbags are in other countries. Continental says that each manufacturer will determine “whether a safety-related defect exists in their vehicles.”
Sources: Law360.com and Cars.com
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