MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – More than two million vehicles are being recalled to once again fix faulty airbags.
The recall covers nine different Acura, Dodge, Jeep, Honda, Pontiac, and Toyota models, made from 2002 to 2004.
All of the vehicles covered in the recall were previously under recall for the same problem – faulty air bags.
Officials say a problem with an electronic component can cause the airbags to deploy when they shouldn’t.
In several cases, investigators say the airbags have deployed with such force that they’ve sent metal fragments flying, severely injuring drivers and passengers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the carmakers’ original attempt to fix the problem only worked about 85-percent of the time.
Instead of replacing part of the air bag, the new recall will fully replace the bad electronic control unit.
About a million of the Toyota and Honda vehicles involved in this recall are also part of a separate recall related to defective Takata air bags.
At least five people died, and dozens more, including a woman from Minnesota, were hurt in incidents linked to its faulty air bags worldwide.
The company is trying to determine the cause of the problem.