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Takata Victims Pursuing Legal Action Against Five Automakers

Honda, Nissan, Toyota, BMW and Ford all named in lawsuits.

by on Feb.28, 2017

Takata victims file claiming five automakers knew about airbag defect, but used them anyway.

As Takata pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a $1 billion in restitution, compensation and fines, one issue remains in doubt: What role did the automakers play?

If you listen to the car companies, they are victims as well. In fact, the settlement agreement shows them receiving $825 million due to Takata’s carelessness.

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The airbag inflators can explode with too much force in certain conditions, hurling shrapnel into the vehicle cabin. The result is 16 deaths and nearly 200 injuries worldwide. It forced the largest recall in U.S. history: 42 million vehicles. (more…)

Thirteen Automakers Issue New Round of Takata Airbag Recalls

More than 652,000 vehicles involved in latest action.

by on Jan.19, 2017

Thirteen automakers issued recalls for 652,000 more vehicles with defective Takata airbags.

More than a dozen automakers are engaging in another round of recalls involving faulty Takata airbag inflators impacting more than 652,000 vehicles in the U.S.

The largest recall in U.S. history continued when Audi, Nissan, Jaguar-Land Rover, Subaru, Daimler Vans, Tesla, Mitsubishi, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes, Mazda, McLaren and Fisker issued recalls for front passenger inflators.

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Takata’s inflators degrade over time and can explode with too much force sending pieces of metal shrapnel flying into the vehicle cabin. More than a dozen people have been killed as a result with hundreds more injured. (more…)

Takata Expected to Pay $1B as Part of Faulty Airbag Settlement

Ford recalls 816K vehicles just one day after Honda's action on 1.29 million.

by on Jan.12, 2017

The 2012 Ford Mustang is part of the latest recall of vehicles equipped with faulty Takata airbags.

Takata Corp. is going to pay $1 billion and plead guilty to fraud as part of a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, according to reports.

The deal completes the government’s criminal investigation into the Japanese auto supplier’s faulty airbags, which under certain conditions will explode spraying shrapnel into the cabin of the vehicle.

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More than 15 people globally – 11 in the U.S. – have died as a result of the airbags and hundreds have been injured. It is the largest automotive recall in history. (more…)

Justice Department Set to Smack Takata With $1B Fine

New fine was impact recall efforts.

by on Dec.29, 2016

Takata appears to be ready to accept a $1 billion settlement on criminal charges from the Department of Justice.

Takata may be moving to close another chapter in its troubled history with defective airbags by agreeing to a $1 billion criminal settlement.

The deal with the Justice Department, according to the Wall Street Journal, would not halt the ongoing recall efforts. The Japanese supplier is expected to plead guilty to a variety of charges as part of the deal.

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It is part of the largest automotive recall in history, involving about 42 million vehicles and more than 64 million faulty airbags. (more…)

GM Recalling 4.3 Million Vehicles for Airbag Problem

Software glitch prevents airbags from deploying in crash.

by on Sep.09, 2016

General Motors announced it was recalling 4.3 million vehicles due to an airbag defect.

General Motors is recalling almost 4.3 million cars, trucks and sport-utility vehicles built in the last three years due to a software defect that could prevent airbags from deploying in a collision. The problem has been linked to one death and three injuries.

The company said the sensing and diagnostic module that controls airbag deployment has a software defect that may prevent the deployment of frontal airbags in certain “rare circumstances when a crash is preceded by a specific event impacting vehicle dynamics.”

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GM discovered the problem after a report was filed in its Speak Up for Safety system relating to a crash involving a 2014 model year Chevrolet Silverado truck in which the driver’s frontal airbag and seatbelt pretensioners were alleged not to have deployed. (more…)

Feds Urge Honda Owners to Park Some Models

NHTSA, automaker telling some owners to drive straight to dealers.

by on Jul.01, 2016

NHTSA and Honda are telling owner of several Honda-produced vehicles, including the 2001-2003 Civic, to drive straight to dealers to repair faulty airbags.

Federal safety officials and Honda executives are imploring owners of several older Hondas to park their vehicles until they can get into a dealership to replace potentially deadly airbag inflators in the vehicles. The units are part of the larger Takata airbag recall, but due to their age and location they are considered more dangerous than other faulty airbags.

“We want to get them off the road,” said Honda spokesman Marcos Frommer.”We want them to drive them right to the dealer and get them repaired,”

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued the warning covering about 313,000 vehicles from model years 2001 to 2003 that have airbag inflators made by Takata, which is subject of the largest recall in history. (more…)

Takata CEO Outlines Plans to Resign

“I want to pass the baton.”

by on Jun.28, 2016

Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada has apologized for the airbag scandal but will soon step down.

The CEO of safety systems supplier Takata plans to resign, a move that could help the tarnished Japanese manufacturer raise the capital necessary for its survival.

Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada has come under intense fire in the wake of revelations about the company’s airbag systems, which have been linked to the deaths of at least 14 people worldwide, with more than 100 other injured. That has triggered the largest recall in U.S. automotive history, so far affecting more than 40 million vehicles.

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Takata has been struggling to supply enough new airbag inflators to replace those under recall, and its cash crunch has made it difficult to ramp up production. The company has been looking at restructuring opportunities that might include finding a buyer. (more…)

Toyota, FCA Recall About 2 Mil Vehicles for Faulty Airbags

Takata defect not the only problem.

by on May.24, 2016

The 2010 Lexus GX is part of the most recent airbag-related recall for Toyota.

Nearly 2 million more vehicles are being recalled by Toyota and Fiat Chrysler due to a series of airbag problems, the vast majority of them involving defective Takata airbag inflators.

Designed to enhance crash safety, airbags have become a major headache for automakers around the world due to design and manufacturing issues. The Takata problem alone has already become the largest recall in U.S. automotive history, impacting as many as 20 different automakers.

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The largest of the two new recalls involves 1.6 million Toyota vehicles equipped with Takata airbags. The service action affects both the driver and passenger front airbags on vehicles as much as a decade old and sold through the Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. (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…)

Latest Honda Airbag Recall Lengthens Shadow of Product Doubt

Industry tracking to beat last year record-setting recall year of 64 million.

by on Oct.30, 2015

The 2008 Honda Accord is part of another recall for faulty airbags. The maker is recalling 300,000 of the vehicles from 2008 and 2009.

If you own a Honda Accord, don’t slam that door too hard. The Japanese automaker is recalling 300,000 of the cars from 2008 and 2009 because the side-impact airbags may deploy if the door is “forcefully slammed.”

There have been 19 complaints about the issue, which the maker blamed on an incorrect sensor calibration. The problem affects both the air curtains, which are in the roof above the side windows and provide head protection, and airbags in the side of the seat that protect the torso.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration started investigating the problem last year due to the complaints, which included several instances of the automaker refusing to pay for the repair. (more…)