Auto parts suppliers, the maker of airbags, and the manufacturer of the airbag are facing questions over a recall in which a car manufacturer said it was unable to produce airbags that worked correctly.
The California-based auto parts supplier was unable Monday to produce a recall for its airbag-equipped Jeep Grand Cherokee because the airbags weren’t certified by the federal government, said a spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The National Highway Safety Administration said it had ordered the recall and was working with the company to determine if it could be repaired.
The recall includes an air bag in the passenger side door.
The airbags have to be manually activated by the driver to prevent a crash.
The airbag recall involves more than 30,000 vehicles manufactured by Chrysler Group Inc. and Jeep, as well as Chrysler, Ford Motor Co., Honda Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp.
The automaker said in a statement that the air bag works by absorbing a shock when a car hits a hard surface.
It says the air bags were manufactured and distributed by a third-party supplier.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, which oversees auto parts suppliers and recalls, declined to comment.
In a statement Monday, Jeep said the company’s manufacturing partners, which include a leading automotive supplier, were not able to supply the required airbag.
It said it would contact them as soon as possible.
The recall is one of several that the National Transportation Safety Board has ordered in recent years in which parts suppliers are unable to meet safety requirements.
In 2015, a recall involving more than 3 million Jeep Wrangler pickups ended in failure, and in 2018, the recall of more than 1.5 million Toyota Corolla SUVs in California was canceled.