Two different air bag glitches have forced Toyota and Honda to recall over 6 million vehicles worldwide, and both problems present different dangers to motorists. The Toyota recall affects about 3.4 million vehicles globally and is being done because the air bags may not inflate in a crash. The cars have air bag control computers made by ZF-TRW that are vulnerable to electrical interference and may not signal the bags to inflate, the AP reports. The problem could affect as many as 12.3 million vehicles in the US made by six companies. It’s possible that as many as eight people were killed when air bags didn’t inflate. US safety regulators are investigating. Honda’s recall covers about 2.7 million Honda and Acura vehicles from the 1996 to 2003 model years in the US and Canada with Takata air bag inflators that could explode, throwing shrapnel at drivers and passengers.
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. The problem can cause incomplete opening of the air bags, or they may not open at all. In most cases Toyota dealers will install a noise filter between the air bag control computer and a wiring harness. But in some vehicles, dealers will inspect the computer to determine if it needs the filter. Owners will be notified by mid-March. The problem can cause incomplete opening of the air bags, or they may not open at all. The recall covers certain 2011-2019 Corollas, the 2011 to 2013 Matrix, the 2012 through 2018 Avalon, and the 2013 to 2018 Avalon Hybrid in the US. A full list can be found here.
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