Continental Automotive Systems has announced a massive airbag recall encompassing approximately 5 million airbags across the globe. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recalled airbags feature inefficient electrical systems that may become corroded over time, thus causing them to either deploy unexpectedly or not deploy at all.
From 2006 through 2010, the recalled Continental airbags were manufactured for a number of automakers’ vehicles, including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Honda, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Trucks (unrelated to the Volvo car company), Mazda, Kia and Mercedes-Benz. Honda has suffered the brunt of the recall damage, similar to its experience with the Takata airbag recall, after receiving 1,575 warranty claims, 83 field reports and two confirmed injuries linked to the Continental airbag recall as of late October.
“As a supplier, we have provided all the pertinent information to all potentially impacted vehicle manufacturers,” Continental spokeswoman Mary Arraf told Cars.com. “Each manufacturer determines whether a safety-related defect exists in their vehicles.”
Honda, FCA and Mercedes-Benz have already issued recalls related to the defective electrical components in some of its vehicles. While the responsibility falls to the dealer, not Continental, to replace the faulty airbag control units, the parts needed to make these repairs won’t be available for some time.
“We are ramping up production of the service part and are working individually with each customer to determine time and volume,” Arraf said. NHTSA confirmed that the company has yet to provide a recall notification schedule to the affected automakers. Arraf also told Cars.com that the recall “potentially impacts less than 2 million vehicles” in the U.S.