Toyota and Honda are recalling 6 million vehicles with Airbag issues
Around 3.4 million vehicles worldwide are affected by the Toyota recall and are being done because airbags may not inflate in a crash. The cars are equipped with ZF TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. airbag control computers which are vulnerable to electrical interference and may not signal the bags to inflate.
The issue could impact as many as six companies making 12.3 million cars in the U.S. It is possible that there were as many as eight people killed when airbags did not inflate. Safety regulators in the United States are investigating.
Honda’s recall covers with Takata airbag inflators about 2.7 million vehicles in the U.S. and Canada. But they are a different version from those responsible for 25 deaths around the globe. Still, the airbags might be able to blow a metal canister apart and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers.
Tuesday, both recollections were announced.
Toyota said in a statement that the computer might not have adequate protection against electrical noise that could occur in crashes, such as when the vehicle is running under a different vehicle. The issue can trigger the airbags to deploy incompletely, or may not open at all. Also, devices which prepare seat belts for a collision may not work.
In most cases, a noise filter between the airbag control computer and a wiring harness will be installed by Toyota dealers, but some cars will have dealers testing the device to decide if it wants the filter. Owners are to be told by mid-March.
The recall covers some 2011-2019 Corollas, the 2011-2013 Matrix, the 2012-2018 Avalon and the 2013-2018 Avalon Hybrid in the U.S. Toyota wouldn’t say if it would offer loaner cars to people who might not protect them from fearing their airbags. A spokeswoman recommended owners contact their consumer hotline to address their issue.
The U.S. In March 2017 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has started to investigate problems with the ZF TRW airbags. In April of last year, the probe expanded to 12.3 million vehicles produced by Toyota, Honda, Kia Motors Corp., Hyundai Motor Group, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. Model years 2010 to 2019.
In issuing recalls for the problem, Toyota joins Hyundai, Kia and Fiat Chrysler. Four deaths in Hyundai-Kia vehicles and three in Fiat Chrysler cars that may have been triggered by the issue were registered. The inquiry was expanded when investigators found two serious accidents involving Toyota Corollas in 2018 and 2019, in which the airbags did not inflate. One man was killed. Toyota said it is going to participate in the investigation.
NHTSA tests how sensitive the airbag control units are to electrical signals as well as other conditions that might interrupt inflating airbags. In records, the department said that in Honda, Kia or Fiat Chrysler cars it did not find any other incidents of electrical interference that used the ZF TRW device but were not recalled.
The Honda Recall includes some Honda and Acura cars from the model years of 1996 to 2003. The models included are the Accord Coupe and Sedan from 1998 to 2000, the Civic Coupe and Sedan from 1996 to 2000, the CR-V from 1997 to 2001, the Explorer from 1998 to 2001 and the EV Plus from 1997 to 1998.
The Acura vehicles covered are 2.2CL for 1997 and 1998, 3.0CL for 1997 to 1999, 2.3CL for 1998 and 1999, 3.2CL for 2001 and 2002, MDX for 2001 and 2002, 3.5RL for 1998 and 3.2TL for 1999.
Recalling front-driver inflators are part of a recall announced in November by Takata covering at least 1.4 million vehicles from five automakers. Honda said that to make sure it gets all the faulty inflators, it recalls a higher number of vehicles.
In this case, the inflators do not contain ammonium nitrate, which is blamed for past Takata problems that killed 25 people worldwide and injured hundreds of them.
But three of the newly recalled inflators exploded and shrapnel hurled, two in Japan and one in Texas injuring a driver, said Honda in a statement. The manufacturer has announced the inflators were subject to undue moisture in all three situations. In Texas, the car had a salvage title with a date that coincided with a major flood, while in Japan, the two cases were in salvage yards where the windows are usually left open, the company said.
“Honda believes that at this time the risk of improper airbag deployment in its vehicles remains very low, but we can not guarantee the performance of any recalled part absolutely,” the company said in a statement.
Owners will be contacted in mid-March but parts to repair will not be eligible for another year, Honda added.
Asked concerning loaner vehicles, a spokeswoman for Honda said consumer complaints are being handled on a case-by-case basis.