Jeremy Thurman on February 3, 2015
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on Saturday that over two million vehicles are being recalled because of faulty crash sensors that might cause an airbag to deploy for no reason.
These same vehicles were previously recalled for this problem, but the manufacturers’ repairs have apparently not succeeded in remedying the danger. The recall was handled by manufacturers’ installing a device in each vehicle that would protect the airbag sensor module from electrical surges. While this did help the problem, some unnecessary deployments are still happening, even in the corrected vehicles. If your vehicle is subject to this recall, the manufacturer will now replace the sensor with an entirely new unit.
Unfortunately, because the demand is so great for the new sensor units, it will take some time to have enough units available for all affected vehicles. That’s why the NHTSA is advising that if your vehicle didn’t have the original fix, you should do that immediately, and then have the sensor replaced as soon as one becomes available.
According to NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind:
“Even though it’s a temporary solution until the new remedy is available, they and their families will be safer if they take the time to learn if their vehicle is covered and follow their manufacturers’ instructions… a hassle is much better than a family tragedy.”
The current recalled vehicles are: Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Liberty, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix and Toyota Avalon. All are model years 2002 through 2004. This makes it even more important that we get the word out – because they are older-model vehicles, it can be hard to track down the current owners because the vehicles could be with second or third owners.
If you’re not sure whether your vehicle is subject to the recall, you can enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) into the database at https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/. You will get the full history of your vehicle’s recalls. Even if you don’t think that your vehicle is affected by this particular recall, knowing your vehicle’s recall history is important.
If you determine that your vehicle is subject to this (or any) recall, contact the dealership where you purchased the vehicle. If you did not purchase through a dealer, visit the manufacturer’s website for information about how to have the recall addressed.
If you have been injured as a result of a vehicle or other product defect, call us at 877-917-5250. We’ll help get you the compensation you deserve.