airbag

More airbag-related news, and this time not about Takata, which was in the spotlight again today when Honda announced it will be recalling approximately 2.3 million vehicles in the US equipped with faulty PSDI-5 airbags from the supplier.

In the US, Continental Automotive Systems has joined the party with its own airbag recall – news reports indicate that the automotive components manufacturer has issued a recall for five million airbag control units globally.

The issue with the potentially defective units centres around a power supply component in the control unit – Continental explained in its regulatory filings that variations in the manufacturing process could cause a semiconductor material to corrode and eventually compromise electrical connections. As such, this could likely cause the airbags to inadvertently deploy or fail to activate in a crash.

Affected manufacturers include Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Mercedes-Benz and – yet again – Honda, though less than two million of the recalled vehicles are in the US. It wasn’t detailed where the remaining vehicles are located.

Fiat Chrysler said it will be recalling around 112,000 older model crossovers and minivans in North America. Meanwhile, Honda stated it was issuing a recall for more than 340,000 model year 2008-2010 Accords to address the problem. Mercedes-Benz had last October recalled more than 126,000 vehicles over the issue, with 2008-2009 C-Class and GLK-Class models being affected.