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Honda Expanding Takata Recall, Reveals Separate Airbag Problem

Nearly 2.6 mil Honda, Acura models now facing recall.

by on Feb.04, 2016

The Honda CR-V from model years 2007 to 2011 is now part of the Takata airbag recall.

Honda now says it will recall more than 2.2 million vehicles due to faulty Takata airbags, about 500,000 more than was originally reported on Wednesday. And the maker says a separate airbag defect will force it to recall 341,000 more vehicles.

All told, the problem with Takata airbag inflators forced Honda and its Acura luxury brand to recall 8.51 million vehicles, more than any other manufacturer. But the defect – which can cause airbags to overinflate and spew shrapnel into the passenger compartment – has now forced the recall of more than 20 million vehicles by at least 10 manufacturers in the U.S. alone.

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The second recall involves the popular Honda Accord sedan. Older models can experience a failure of their airbag control units, which means the supplemental restraint system, or SRS, may not deploy in a crash. A number of other manufacturers are affected by this problem, as well. (more…)

As 10th Death Reported, Takata Expands Recall List by Millions

Another five million inflators to be replaced. Yet more recalls could follow.

by on Jan.22, 2016

A faulty Takata airbag has been blamed for another death, bringing the total to 10. NHTSA expanded the recall of the suppliers airbags as a result.

A 10th fatality has been linked to faulty Takata airbags, prompting the recall of millions of additional vehicle sold in the U.S., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced.

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind had signaled the likelihood of a further expansion of the Takata recall last week. The agency has since revealed that U.S. recalls, on the whole, hit a new record in 2015, with the problem with the Japanese supplier’s airbags a major reason why.

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Up to now, 23 million airbag inflators produced by Takata were targeted, impacting 19 million vehicles. The new recall involves another 5 million inflators, but NHTSA could not immediately say how many vehicles are affected. (more…)

Feds Demand Takata Push Airbag Recall Nationwide

NHTSA claims recent death outside recall area mandates enlarging action.

by on Nov.19, 2014

NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman said the regional recall of vehicles with faulty Takata airbags is no longer enough.

Federal safety regulators called on Takata Corp. and the 10 automakers using the supplier’s faulty airbags, which have been attributed to four deaths in the U.S., to voluntarily expand the scope of the recall of the affected vehicles from a regional recall to a nationwide action … or else.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the data shows that simply limiting the recall to just certain areas of the country is no longer a reasonable course of action.

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“We now know that millions of vehicles must be recalled to address defective Takata air bags and our aggressive investigation is far from over,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman. “We’re pushing Takata and all affected manufacturers to issue the recall and to ensure the recalls capture the full scope of the problems.” (more…)

Federal Regulators Turning up Heat on Takata

NHTSA pushes supplier to speed up replacement part production.

by on Oct.30, 2014

NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman is pushing Takata to speed up production of replacement airbag components.

Takata is feeling the heat from federal safety regulators who are pushing the Japanese supplier to speed up the production of components necessary to repair the 7.8 million vehicles recalled due to their faulty airbags.

David Friedman, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, sent a letter to the supplier telling it to expedite the production of replacement inflators as well as informing Takata that it is insisting automakers that used the airbags make every effort to get the repairs done as quickly as possible, including extending service hours at its dealerships.

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Letters were sent to Toyota, Honda, General Motors, Ford, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, BMW and Chrysler Group. Additionally, the agency wants to meet weekly with Takata executives weekly, according to a separate letter, Bloomberg reported. (more…)

Takata Hit With Major Lawsuit – Even as Airbag Recall Could Triple in Size

Potential class action suit alleges supplier covered up deadly airbag problems.

by on Oct.28, 2014

Takata's troubles are getting worse as Honda's global auto chief Tetsuo Iwamura said today it was rethinking its relationship with the supplier.

Takata’s problems with defective airbags – so far linked to at least four deaths – continue to worsen as a pair of New York law firms yesterday filed what they hope will be approved as a class action lawsuit against the troubled Japanese supplier.

Complicating matters, new reports suggest Takata first learned about potential airbag problems as early as 2001 and failed to take action, a breach that could create further legal issues – even as critics demand the current U.S. recall covering 7.8 million vehicles equipped with Takata airbags be greatly expanded.

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The new lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Florida, is the first attempt to gain class-action status. It also named Toyota, Honda, BMW and Ford as defendants. (more…)

NHTSA Set to Expand Unprecedented Airbag Recall Alert Covering Nearly 5 Mil Vehicles

Faulty Takata airbags linked to numerous accidents, fatalities.

by on Oct.21, 2014

More than 2.8 million Hondas, including the 2003-2011 model year Element, are part of a recall involving Takata airbags.

Federal regulators are set to expand on an already unprecedented recall alert issued Monday to owners of nearly 5 million vehicles equipped with faulty Takata airbags.

With evidence showing those safety devices could unexpectedly fail, especially in high-humidity regions of the country, regulators want to make sure owners don’t ignore recall warnings already issued by manufacturers including BMW, General Motors, Honda and Toyota, among others. Only about 70% of motorists typically fix vehicles that have been recalled, and that rate falls off on older models, such as those covered by the NHTSA announcement. The number of companies affected is expected to increase as well.

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NHTSA is engaged in an active investigation of the company’s airbags and Takata is cooperating, according to officials. (more…)