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August 21, 2019

More Airbag Problems

by Mike –

Many things we do everyday involve some amount of risk and driving cars, riding motorcycles or flying in airplanes are no exceptions. Engineers invent products to reduce the risk and sometimes those products do not function properly. This may be the case with car airbags, at least some airbags and hopefully temporarily.

Wallace Wyss wrote about defective air bags recently. Now the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating a new air bag problem that is unrelated to the Takata situation and may impact more than 12 million vehicles in the USA.

From the NHTSA – April 19, 2019 (click here to see the report)

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Problem Description: Certain FCA, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi and Toyota vehicles are equipped with an air bag control unit produced by TRW (ZF), which could fail during a crash event resulting in non-deployment of air bags and seat belt pretensioners. These control units may suffer electrical overstress due to harmful signals (electrical transients) produced by the crash event, causing the unit to stop working during the crash.

Manufacturer: Kia Motors America, Chrysler (FCA US LLC), Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., Hyundai Motor America, TRW Automotive Inc, Honda (American Honda Motor Co.), Toyota Motor Corporation

Products: Various MY 2010 to 2019 vehicles w/ZF air bag control unit

Population: 12,300,000 (Estimated)

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More Airbag Problems
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More Airbag Problems
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On April 23, 2019 the NHTSA posted documents to its website stating that it will investigate airbag control units made by automotive supplier ZF-TRW.
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