Toyota and Honda recall more than 6 million cars due to airbag faults

Mail Online | 1/22/2020 | Rob Hull For Thisismoney.co.uk
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Toyota and Honda has issued safety recalls for more than six million cars worldwide after both Japanese auto makers identified separate airbag faults that could have lethal consequences for drivers.

Toyota is recalled around 3.4 million cars globally - though the majority are in the US - because of a glitch that could prevent an airbag inflating in a crash.

Honda - Issue - Vehicles - US - Canada

Honda's issue impacts some 2.7 million vehicles in the US and Canada with Takata air bag inflators, which could explode on deployment, sending shrapnel into the face and body of the car's occupants.

Both Japanese car brands issued their recalls on Tuesday, with Toyota's affecting the greatest volume of machines across the globe.

Models - Airbag - Computers - ZF-TRW

All models impacted are those with airbag control computers manufactured by ZF-TRW.

This includes particular Corolla models built between 2011 and 2019, 2011 to 2013 Matrix, 2012 to 2018 Avalon and 2013 to 2018 Avalon Hybrid models - none of which are models that are available in the UK.

Computers - Vehicles - US - Chrysler - Fiat

However, the same computers are also used in as many as 12.3 million vehicles in the US manufactured by Chrysler, Fiat, Honda, Hyundai, Kia and Mitsubishi.

The fault is linked to the airbag systems being vulnerable to electrical interference. If this takes place during a collision, it could prevent the airbags inflating.

Statement - Toyota - Computer - Protection - Noise

In a statement, Toyota said the computer 'may not have adequate protection against electrical noise that can happen in crashes, such as when the vehicle runs under a different vehicle'.

It added: 'The problem can cause incomplete opening of the airbags, or they may not open at all.'

Problem - Functionality - Pre-tensions - Car - Motorist

The same problem may also be linked to the functionality of the seatbelt pre-tensions in the car, which are designed to pull a motorist into their seat during an accident.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) claims it is possible that as...
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