It’s the air bags again. Federal regulators said on Saturday that around 2.12 million vehicles have been recalled to fix a problem that could make air bags deploy while driving. “The new recalls cover 2.12 million Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix and Toyota Avalon models made in the early 2000s,” details the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Toyota, Fiat, and Honda had already recalled some of the vehicles. But “a small number of vehicles” that had already been recalled experienced this problem with the air bags, so they must be recalled again. “The latest recall highlights the difficulty automakers and regulators have with increasingly complex electronic systems,” notes Reuters. In addition, around 1 million Toyota and Honda cars are also subject to a separate recall, because the air bags could deploy with such force that they could cause injury or death.
“This is unfortunately a complicated issue for consumers, who may have to return to their dealer more than once,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. “But this is an urgent safety issue, and all consumers with vehicles covered by the previous recalls should have that remedy installed.”