Jon Swartz, USA TODAY 3:04 p.m. EST January 31, 2015
Under Saturday's announced recall, automakers will fully replace the faulty electronic control unit, which is made by TRW Automotive Holdings of Livonia, Mich. In the previous recall, the unit was only partially replaced. The new remedy will be available to all affected vehicles by the end of the year.
The agency says about 1 million Toyota and Honda vehicles involved in the new recalls are subject to separate recalls related to defective air bags made by Takata of Japan. Those air bags can deploy and rupture with enough force to cause injury or death.
In nine cases, cars had problems that included both the inadvertent deployment and the Takata rupture. Three of those cases resulted in injuries, including eye injuries, scratches and burns.
The announcement comes days after the family of Carlos Solis filed a lawsuit against Takata. Solis, 35, died on Jan. 18 in a minor crash in a Houston suburb. The lawsuit alleges that as an air bag in his 2002 Honda Accord inflated, it sent a piece of metal into his neck. Solis died at the scene. His death has not officially been linked to the air bag.