New Recall in Effect for Vehicles with Prior Takata Airbag Issues

A new round of airbag recalls is in effect for more than 2 million vehicles already recalled for spontaneous airbag deployment. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it received 39 reports of accidental airbag deployment in vehicles previously repaired under the initial recall.

The following vehicle makes and models are affected:

  • 2003 Acura MDX

  • 2003-2004 Dodge Viper

  • 2002-2003 Jeep Liberty

  • 2002-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • 2004-2004 Honda Odyssey

  • 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe

  • 2003-2004 Toyota Corolla

  • 2003-2004 Toyota Matrix

  • 2003-2004 Toyota Avalon

The new recall concerns an issue in the airbag’s electronics system, a product of major automotive parts supplier TRW. The control module in question is subject to electrical interference from other components in the car that can cause it to trigger one or more airbags spontaneously.

This latest recall is separate from the previous Takata Corp. airbag recall, where defective airbag inflators could rupture and send metal shrapnel throughout the vehicle.