A major auto recall was recently issued due to the presence of defective airbags in the vehicles.
The car manufacturing companies affected by the recall include Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Mercedes-Benz. Vehicles manufactured by these companies contained airbag control units supplied by Continental Automotive Systems.
The investigation began in August 2015 after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received a complaint about the airbags in a 2008 Honda Accord failing to deploy during a car accident. A spokesperson for Continental Automotive, which is run by Continental AG and based out of Germany, recently indicated that the company came forward to the NHTSA to report the potential product defect.
According to authorities, the defective air bag control units were installed in five million vehicles built over a period of five years, from 2006 to 2010. As many as two million of these cars are driven on roads in the United States. Additionally, since many of the vehicles were also shipped worldwide, there are serious concerns about safety for consumers and drivers across the globe.
It is believed that the air bag units installed into the vehicles have the potential to fail to deploy at crucial moments, such as head-on collisions and other types of motor vehicle accidents. Beyond that, the NHTSA said that the airbags could potentially deploy at random times, even when no car crash has occurred.
To learn more about the defective airbag recall, access the Reuters.com article, “Continental Says Five Million Vehicles Worldwide May Have Faulty Air Bags.”
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