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Continental Automotive Systems is recalling 5 million cars with potentially defective airbag control units built over a five-year period, announced the US NHTSA.

Yet another recall over airbags issues, as the unit of Germany-based Continental AG told the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that certain airbag control units (ABCU) manufactured between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2010 might have a power supply component that may corrode, leading to a failure of the electronic system. The documents made public by the NHTSA reveal that 5 million vehicles could be affected by the defective airbags, but the safety agency did not provide a complete list of the automakers included in the recall. However, Reuters reported the campaign affects models from Daimler, Fiat Chrysler and Honda, according to a spokesman at Continental’s Chassis & Safety division. “If the air bag control unit fails, safety systems such as seat belt pretensioners and air bags may not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of occupant injury. Additionally, in some vehicles, the air bags may inadvertently deploy, increasing the risk of a crash,” said NHTSA.

On Thursday, Fiat Chrysler said it was recalling 112,000 vehicles for the same issue, including the 2009 Dodge Journey, 2008-2009 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country and 2009 Volkswagen Routan that it had assembled for the German automaker. Furthermore, Honda also said this week it would call back to dealers 341,000 model years 2008-2010 Accord sedans in the United States. The intention is to replace an electric control unit used in its restraint system, after confirming two injuries linked to the units. This is the latest massive US recall related to airbag problems, after Honda issued again this week another recall linked to Takata’s inflators, adding 2.23 million more vehicles to its already massive safety campaign.