Federal regulators stated Saturday that more than two million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda automobiles made in the early 2000s are being recalled due to a malfunction that causes seat belts to tighten and airbags to unintentionally deploy.
This recall includes Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix, and Toyota Avalon models made in the early 2000s. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges people who think their vehicle may be affected to check the vehicle identification number. According to the NHTSA, owners of recalled vehicles should bring them in for a temporary fix that, although “…has not been 100 percent effective, will significantly reduce the chances of an inadvertent airbag deployment that could cause injuries or a crash.”
Additionally, about half of the vehicles with this airbag defect are also recalled under a Takata Corporation air bag issue which causes passenger side air bags to deploy with too much force. Three people in such incidents have reportedly had eye injuries, scratches and burns. There have been no other reported injures or fatalities related to the wider recall affecting all 2.1 million vehicles.
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