The US federal safety regulators said that three big carmakers will recall around 2.1 million cars to rectify an airbag issue in the US.
Mark Rosekind, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that there have been 400 cases already reported of airbags being deployed at the wrong time and there have been accidents where people have suffered minor injuries. No fatalities have yet been reported.
Airbags deploying at the wrong time is due to a defective chip, and to fix the problem, the entire airbag module, including the circuits have to be replaced. The parts are manufactured by TRW Automotive Holdings.
The vehicles that will be recalled are:
- 2002-2003 Jeep Liberty
- 2002-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
- 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey
- 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe & Dodge Viper
- Toyota Corolla
- Toyota Matrix
- Toyota Avalon