Continental Airbag Recall Affects 5 Million Vehicles
Continental Automotive Systems Inc. issued a recall affecting 5 million vehicles worldwide due to possibly faulty airbag control unit. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received word that a power supply component in the airbag might corrode and interfere with inflation.
Not only might these airbags underinflate, they might inflate inadvertently when there is no need for an airbag. The units being recalled were made from 2006 through 2010 and are in less than 2 million vehicles in the US. Continental is currently notify automakers who have the affected units installed in their vehicles. Once notified, automakers will then be responsible for notifying customers that the units need to be replaced in order to be safe. Honda, Fiat Chrysler, and Mercedes-Benz have already issued some of their recalls. Mazda, Volkswagen, and Volvo also have affected vehicles in the US. According to Los Angeles Times, this is a completely separate recall from the one issued last year by Takata. That one involves roughly 19 million vehicles in the US alone and has resulted in severe fines to the company by NHTSA.