DETROIT (AP) — Another problem has developed with automotive air bags, this one resulting in recalls of up to 5 million vehicles worldwide.
Continental Automotive Systems says in documents filed with the U.S. government that moisture can get inside its air bag control computers, causing the power supplies to corrode and fail. If that happens, air bags may not inflate in a crash or they could deploy without a crash.
The documents, posted Thursday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, said Continental will notify automakers, which will recall cars dating as far back as 2006.
Already Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen and Mercedes have issued recalls, and some Mazda and Volvo Truck vehicles are included. Continental said fewer than 2 million of the affected vehicles are in the U.S.
Honda reported two injuries from the problem.
Automakers will replace the computers at no cost to owners, according to documents.
On Wednesday night, Honda said it would recall 364,787 2008 to 2010 Accord sedans worldwide because of the problem.
Fiat Chrysler announced Thursday that it's recalling 112,000 2009 Dodge Journeys and 2008 and 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans. The recall includes the 2009 Volkswagen Routan minivan, which was made by Fiat Chrysler.
Last year Mercedes recalled 126,260 C-Series cars from 2008 and 2009 and 2010 GLK 350.