It’s a fact: airbags save your life. The strong, but yet carefully soft idea of them is to reduce the force at impact and transform it into security. But what if an airbag does the opposite? Certain problems have been found at Toyota, Chrysler and Honda airbags: the activate without reason, while the driver is normally placed behind the wheel. the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that this is an issue of safety and has brought the case into serious light, taking into consideration that such a problem could even endanger someone’s life, and certainly physical health.
The auto vehicle models that were found to have this unusual problem are: Acura: 2003 MDX, Chrysler 2002-2003 Jeep Liberty; 2002-2004 Grand Cherokee, Dodge: 2003-2004 Viper, Pontiac: 2003-2004 Vibe, Honda: 2003-2004 Odyssey, Toyota: 2003-2004 Corolla, 2003-2004 Corolla Matrix, 2003-2004 Avalon.
The number of cars that have been recalled over the airbag problem is of 2.1 million, so the market is seriously under pressure for the three big automakers that are under discussion. Honda and Acura have gathered alone 374.000 vehicles that have this issue. The company stated in the press that after the first complains have been resolved, a “small number” of similar cases were found on the second run.
Desperately searching what could the reason of this problem be, scientists have confirmed through their officials that the issue is a defensive chip in the airbag system, and the solution to fix it would be the replacement of the bag module entirely. NHTSA
Administrator Mark Rosekind said, according to a report named the Reuters Report that 400 cases of inadequate airbag distribution have been announced, and every single one of them have left the drivers with minor injuries, but did not lead to death in any of the cases.
Karl Brauer, a senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book believes that
“If you own an affected vehicle, this means driving around with the knowledge your airbag might still randomly deploy. And just to keep it interesting, some of these vehicles are equipped with Takata airbags, meaning the random deployment could include metal shrapnel. What a mess.”
John Wilkerson, a spokesman for TRW, said in an e-mailed statement that the TRW Automotive Holdings Crop is supporting its customers in these recalls completely, the next step being to cooperate with NHTSA and to provide information to the agency, if it is needed and asked for.
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