Over the weekend, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) directed a recall of 2.12 million vehicles from Fiat Chrysler, Honda, and Toyota. Unbelievably, all of the impacted vehicles had been recalled in the past, but were proven to need extra attention “after the manufacturers’ original attempts to fix the defects proved ineffective in some vehicles.”
Causing the massive recall is the fact that these vehicles are subject to inadvertent airbag deployment. According to the NHTSA, there have been no deaths linked to the malfunction.
NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekund says, “This is unfortunately a complicated issue for consumers, who may have to return to their dealer more than once. But this is an urgent safety issue, and all consumers with vehicles covered by the previous recalls should have that remedy installed. Even though it’s a temporary solution until the new remedy is available, they and their families will be safer if they take the time to learn if their vehicle is covered and follow their manufacturers’ instructions. A hassle is much better than a family tragedy.”
Vehicles included in this round of recalls includes:
- The 2002-2003 Jeep Liberty
- The 2002-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees
- 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 Acura MDX
- 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix, and Toyota Avalon
- 2003-2004 Dodge Viper
Over the past year, the NHTSA has cracked down on all malfunctions, holding companies to a higher level of accountability for their products. Of course, this has upped the numbers of recalls, and in many cases, forced certain vehicles into being recalled numerous times.
Rosekund says, “The NHTSA is committed to using every tool available to make our roads safer, and that includes using our authority and influence to make sure companies are doing what they should do to protect safety.”
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