Five Million Vehicles Recalled for Defective Continental Airbags
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Feb 24, 2016 in Product Liability
In a separate airbag recall reminiscent of the Takata scandal, Continental Automotive Systems is recalling defective airbag control units in nearly five million vehicles worldwide. Less than two million vehicles are affected in the United States.
According to Continental, an important part of the power supply for the airbag control unit, which controls the functions of airbags, can corrode when exposed to moisture. This can prevent the airbags from deploying or cause them to deploy without an accident.
Nine known injuries have been linked to the defective airbags.
Vehicles Included in the Recall
Honda, Mercedes and Fiat Chrysler, including Dodge and Chrysler, have already issued some recalls.
Continental has stated that it is still notifying manufacturers that purchased the faulty airbags. Volkswagen, Mazda and Volvo are reported to have purchased affected products.
The recalled vehicles include:
- 2008-2009 Mercedes C-class (C300, C350 and C63)
- 2010 Mercedes GLK350
- 2008-20010 Honda Accord
- 2009 Dodge Journey
- 2008-2009 Dodge Grand Caravan
- 2008-2009 Chrysler Town and Country
- 2009 Volkswagen Routan
Additional vehicles are expected to be added to this list.
Problems Since 2008
The German auto parts manufacturer stated in documents to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it first discovered the problem in 2008. An internal investigation into a defective airbag unit in a Mercedes vehicle led to a design change in that same year.
The NHTSA opened an investigation last year after a complaint of an accident involving a Honda Accord in which the airbags did not deploy. Mercedes was the first to issue a recall in October.
If you have been injured by a defective product, the experienced product liability lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan can help you get the justice you deserve.