Continental Recalls 5 Million Vehicles Worldwide Over Faulty Airbags

Feb 05, 2016 12:33 PM EST | John Nassivera

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Takata is no longer alone in airbag drama, as Continental Automotive Systems said Thursday that it is recalling 5 million vehicles worldwide to fix an issue with their airbags.

The parts supplier said in documents filed with the U.S. government that the problem centers on moisture getting inside its airbag control computers, which can cause the power supplies to corrode and fail, presenting the possibility of the airbags not inflating in a crash or deploying when there isn't a crash, according to the Associated Press.

Several automakers have already issued recalls because of the issue, including Honda, which recalled 341,000 2008-2010 Accord sedans on Wednesday, Fiat Chrysler, which recalled 112,000 vehicles on Thursday, and Daimler, which recalled 126,000 vehicles back in October, CNET reported. Fiat's recall covers the 2009 Dodge Journey, 2009 Volkswagen Routan and 2008-2009 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country, and Daimler's recall covers C-Class and GLK-Class vehicles. Honda said that it also received 1.575 warranty claims involving airbags that didn't deploy.

"We are working closely with all potentially impacted vehicle manufacturers on this issue," Continental spokeswoman Mary Arraf said. "As a supplier, we have provided all the pertinent information to all potentially impacted vehicle manufacturers. Each manufacturer determines whether a safety related defect exists in their vehicles."

Arraf added that between 1.5 million and 2 million vehicles covered by the recall were made in the U.S., Reuters noted.

Continental told the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the faulty electronic parts were built between 2006 and 2010.

Fiat has received reports of as many as 25 inadvertent airbag deployments, while Honda claims to have received 83 field reports and two confirmed injuries related to the problem.

The recall comes a day after Honda announced that it will recall another 2.2 million vehicles with airbags made by Takata that explode with too much force and can send shrapnel flying at the people inside the car.

Continental said in the documents that automakers will replace the computers for free.

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