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228,000 vehicles under recall for faulty airbags

228,000 vehicles under recall for faulty airbags
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You trust your car, and the company that made it, to keep you and your family safe on the road. So when there's a problem, you need to know about it right away.

One automaker has placed 228,000 vehicles under recall after learning that a software glitch can cause the air bags to deploy without warning. This is a very dangerous safety issue. You could be driving an affected model, and inadvertently putting your family at risk.

The vehicles in question are 2014 and 2015 model Jeep Grand Cherokees. The trouble is that the air bags are deploying and inflating without an actual accident, and these air bags are deploying with such an explosive force that they are literally throwing shrapnel.

Canadian safety regulars say that a handful of these accidents have occurred because the vehicle suddenly changes orientation, like in an off-roading situation, which caused the air bags to deploy. If you have a Jeep that falls into the recall category, your dealer will recalibrate the air bag software to keep these accidents from occurring.

There are also 2 million vehicles that are under recall from Chrysler, Honda and Toyota about air bag deficiencies, namely that the air bags randomly deploy while the vehicle is running. This is actually the second round of fixes that has been needed.

If you have any of the following vehicles you should have received a notice to take your car to your dealer to get the air bag problem solved: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Viper, Acura MDX, Pontiac Vibe, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Avalon and Toyota Corolla models that were made between 2002 and 2004 are under recall.

You need to know about consumer product recalls as soon as possible. You never know when you could be the victim of a design flaw. But when it's your car or motorcycle, your whole family is in deadly danger. Use this site to stay on top of every vehicle recall.

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Source: Phys.org
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