Nearly 7K BMW SUVs, small cars recalled to fix airbag issues

12 Jun
2019 BMW 4-SeriesA handful of new BMW crossover SUVs and small cars will be recalled next month to fix one of two airbag issues, according to documents filed by BMW with the NHTSA that were released Tuesday. The first recall covers the 2019 BMW X7 SUV, which may have been built with improperly head-protecting airbags that were improperly installed. According to...

German firm tests external airbag for side-impact crashes

7 Jun
ZF external airbag systemGerman automotive supplier ZF revealed its external airbag system Wednesday and said that the experimental safety feature has the ability to shield passengers and protect them to a greater extent in a side-impact crash. The system operates exactly like how it sounds. External airbags deploy on the exterior of the car should the system determine a...

Airbag fault prompts recall of 26k Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedans

30 May
2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4Mitsubishi will recall thousands of Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedans in the U.S. over airbags that may not deploy because of a sensor that misreads rough road conditions. The Japanese brand filed documents with the NHTSA last month, which the agency published this week. The recall documents state that 26,016 Mirage G4 models are subject to the recall...

2019 Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X crossover SUVs recalled for airbag issue

30 Apr
2019 Jeep RenegadeFiat Chrysler Automobiles has recalled about 25,000 2019 Fiat 500X and 2019 Jeep Renegade sub-compact SUV to fix an issue that could prevent their airbags from deploying correctly. According to the information filed with the NHTSA and published last week, the 500X and Renegade could house bad software for the occupant restraint controller (ORC). A...

Toyota Yaris hatchback, Sienna minivan recalled over airbags that may not deploy

25 Apr
2017 Toyota YarisToyota will recall about 43,000 Yaris models to replace defective sensors that may prevent the cars' side-impact airbags from activating in a crash. The recall affects 2015 through 2017 Toyota Yaris hatchbacks. The Yaris iA sedan built by Mazda for Toyota is not affected. At fault is a wiring harness is the cars' doors that may degrade and fail to...

NHTSA probe to investigate airbag failures in 12.3M cars

23 Apr
2018 Toyota CorollaFederal regulators have expanded an investigation into airbags that may not inflate in the event of a crash to include 12.3 million vehicles in the U.S. The NHTSA on Tuesday posted documents to its website stating that it will investigate airbag control units made by automotive supplier ZF-TRW. The airbag control units were fitted to certain 2010...

Hyundai’s new airbag system aims to protect in secondary collisions

23 Jan
Hyundai multi-collision airbag systemHyundai on Monday revealed its new multi-collision airbag system, which aims to keep drivers and passengers safe in the event of a secondary impact. Secondary crashes are collisions that occur after the initial impact. For instance, if a driver sideswipes another vehicle and the impact is not great enough to deploy the airbags, the multi-collision...

Toyota’s knocking on your door for your defective airbag

15 Jan
2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e XLEToyota is eager to reach owners of vehicles with defective Takata airbag inflators to alert them about free replacement, so much so that the automaker confirmed Monday that it will start knocking on doors. In an e-mail to The Car Connection, a Toyota spokesperson confirmed that the automaker's representatives will visit some owners to schedule...

FCA adds 1.6M vehicles to Takata airbag recall

11 Jan
2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Yellow JacketFiat-Chrysler Automobiles on Thursday added 1.6 million more vehicles to the recall of defective Takata airbag inflators. FCA said this is the fourth and final phase of scheduled recalls for the faulty inflators. In the latest round of recalls, FCA will replace the passenger side airbag inflators sourced from Takata. Like all other Takata...