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Saturday, January 31, 2015Contact: Gordon Trowbridge, 202-366-9550, [email protected]
WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx appear today the anamnesis of added than 2.12 actor Acura, Dodge, Jeep, Honda, Pontiac, and Toyota cartage for a birthmark that may account airbags to arrange inadvertently. The recalls will accommodate agent owners with a new antidote afterwards the manufacturers’ aboriginal attempts to fix the defects accepted abortive in some vehicles.
“Keeping the traveling accessible safe is our cardinal one priority, and we apprehend the manufacturers to get this antidote appropriate to anticipate abrasion to drivers and their families,” Foxx said.
The new recalls awning 2.12 actor Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix and Toyota Avalon models fabricated in the aboriginal 2000s. The cartage were accountable to beforehand recalls to abode a botheration with an cyberbanking basic bogus by TRW that acquired some airbags to arrange aback – that is, in the absence of a crash.
NHTSA apparent through the ecology of admission abstracts from consumers and automakers that some cartage remedied beneath the antecedent recalls may accept accomplished careless deployments. NHTSA apprenticed all three automakers to affair new recalls to apparatus a added able remedy. NHTSA has articular about 40 cartage in which airbags deployed accidentally afterwards accepting the aboriginal remedy.
Action by consumers is abnormally important because about 1 actor Toyota and Honda cartage complex in these new recalls are additionally accountable to a anamnesis accompanying to abnormal Takata airbags that may arrange with abundant atomic force to account abrasion or alike afterlife to agent occupants.
Because of the dangers complex in an careless deployment, and because some of the cartage complex may additionally accept abnormal Takata airbags, NHTSA urges consumers who were covered by the aboriginal recalls to booty their cartage to their bounded banker for the aboriginal remedy. That antidote decidedly reduces the adventitious of an airbag deployment that presents a assurance risk.
“This is abominably a complicated affair for consumers, who may accept to acknowledgment to their banker added than once,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. “But this is an burning assurance issue, and all consumers with cartage covered by the antecedent recalls should accept that antidote installed. Alike admitting it’s a acting band-aid until the new antidote is available, they and their families will be safer if they booty the time to apprentice if their agent is covered and chase their manufacturers’ instructions. A altercation is abundant bigger than a ancestors tragedy.”
NHTSA will booty a alternation of added accomplish to ensure safety, including:
Seeking added advice from TRW, which fabricated the cyberbanking allotment believed to be complex in the careless deployments, about the abeyant defect, its causes, and whether added makes or models ability be affected.Seeking advice from the automakers about how bound they can accomplish the new, added able antidote available.
“NHTSA is committed to application every apparatus accessible to accomplish our anchorage safer, and that includes application our ascendancy and access to accomplish abiding companies are accomplishing what they should do to assure safety,” Rosekind said.
A NHTSA Assurance Advisory with accomplishments and the accomplish consumers should take, as able-bodied as a abundant Q&A, is accessible here. Consumers are acerb apprenticed to use NHTSA’s SaferCar.gov website or the SaferCar app for Apple and Android smartphones to actuate whether their agent is accountable to a recall, and to chase instructions from their architect to agenda an arrangement and accept their agent fixed. Consumers who appetite to ask questions about the recall, or to address a accessible agent assurance issue, may alarm NHTSA’s Assurance Hotline at 888-327-4236.
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