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Are Your Car’s Airbags Ready for Retirement?

Growing signs that airbags can begin to fail -- to possibly deadly consequences -- as they age.

by on Aug.12, 2016

Airbags are intended to protect you in a crash, but as the Takata case shows, they can be deadly if they don't work right.

Following the recent death of a Canadian motorist, federal safety regulators in the U.S. have expanded a probe that could lead to the recall of 8 million or more vehicles to replace faulty airbags.

If that scenario sounds familiar, it echoes the situation touched off by more than a dozen deaths in vehicles using defective airbags provided by Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp. Ultimately, as many as 50 million vehicles using Takata airbags could face recall. But the latest probe involves a different supplier, American-based ARC Automotive.

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Both the Takata and ARC airbags may over-inflate during a crash, sending deadly shrapnel spewing into the passenger compartment. But a series pf separate recalls announced just since April of this year, targeted more than 4.5 million other vehicles whose airbags may not function at all during a crash. And that could be just hint of an even bigger issue that could eventually pose a safety risk for virtually every vehicle on the road.


Second Airbag Supplier Faces Upgraded Probe Over Fatality

ARC Automotive inflator linked to fatality in Canadian crash.

by on Aug.05, 2016

The fatal Canadian crash involved a 2009 Hyundai Elantra like this one.

Federal safety regulators have stepped up probe following the death of a Canadian motorist killed when the airbag in his Hyundai Elantra misfired during a crash in Canada last month.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has already recalled tens of millions of vehicles using airbag inflators produced by troubled Japanese supplier Takata Corp., but this probe focuses on a different airbag manufacturer, ARC Automotive Inc.

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The move steps up a preliminary investigation targeting the Tennessee-based ARC following several earlier incidents. NHTSA has been taking a closer look at airbags, in general, due to a series of problems that have led to numerous injuries and fatalities.


Takata Declares Another 14 Million Airbags “Defective”

Acting “out of an abundance of caution.”

by on May.17, 2016

Takata expanded its recall of defective airbags by another 14 million vehicles.

What is already the largest safety recall in automotive history continues to get bigger, Takata announcing it will recall another 14 million airbags that could be prone to inflate improperly in a crash, a potentially life-threatening problem.

The move is actually the first in what will likely be a series of new recalls by the embattled Japanese supplier, Takata previously indicating it will ultimately add as many as 40 million inflators to the list. Prior to a May 4 agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28.5 million airbag inflators had already been targeted.

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The precise number of vehicles that will be impacted by the new series of recalls has yet to be determined, as some models use several of the defective airbag systems. But earlier recalls had targeted about 24 million cars, trucks and crossovers sold in the U.S. (more…)

Takata May Recall Another 35 Million Airbags

Japanese supplier facing growing pressure to replace most or all of its airbag inflators.

by on May.04, 2016

A new report suggests that Takata may be forced to recall millions more airbags. The company's already recalled 24 million units.

The embattled Japanese supplier Takata may soon order the recall of tens of millions more vehicles due to potentially defective airbag inflators, according to a new report.

The move comes as pressure mounts on Takata to recall all of its airbag systems using ammonium nitrate inflators. A recent study warned that the explosive chemical may grow unstable over time, one of the apparent reasons why hundreds of Takata airbags have misfired, a problem now linked to at least 11 deaths.

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But whether such a move by Takata would satisfy the company’s critics is unclear. Some have called on the supplier to recall nearly 80 million airbag systems. Takata has already recalled more than 24 million cars, making it the largest safety-related recall in automotive history. (more…)

Nissan Recalling 3.5 Million Vehicles to Fix Faulty Airbag Sensors

Most models sold in the US.

by on May.02, 2016

The Nissan Leaf is among the vehicles affected by the new airbag recall.

Nissan plans to recall 3.5 million vehicles sold around the world to fix sensors that could cause a car’s airbags to fail to deploy in the event of a crash.

The recall covers a number of Nissan and Infiniti cars, trucks and crossover vehicles, including the Altima sedan, Leaf battery car and NV200 commercial van.

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The recall is the fourth to attempt to address the problem with so-called “smart” airbag sensors. It is separate from recalls triggered by faulty Takata airbag inflators, an issue that has so far plagued 14 different automotive manufacturers.


Automakers Seek Insurance Industry Help Boosting Recall Repair Rate

47 million vehicles have unrepaired safety problems.

by on Apr.15, 2016

Recalled vehicles can turn deadly when defects - like this Takata airbag - aren't repaired.

With millions of American motorists routinely ignoring recall notices despite the potentially deadly risks, automakers are looking for ways to increase repair rates, and turning to an unexpected ally.

An auto industry trade group is asking the insurance industry to remind motorists to check to see if their cars are subject to recalls whenever it’s time to renew their policies. Under pressure from regulators and safety advocates, automakers have also been trying other strategies that have, in some instances, included offering owners gift cards if they respond to outstanding recalls.

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The problem is considered serious and only growing worse – highlighted by the March 31st death of a Texas high school senior whose 2002 Honda was fitted with a defective Takata airbag. She was killed by flying shrapnel in what authorities said was an otherwise modest collision. The vehicle had not been repaired despite Honda’s claim that it had previously sent out six recall notices.


Airbag Recalls Could Cost Takata $24 Bil

Report sends Japanese supplier’s shares crashing.

by on Mar.31, 2016

A new report suggests that it could cost Takata as much as $24 billion to resolve its airbag recall.

With safety regulators considering whether to order the recall of all Takata airbags using ammonium nitrate, a new report suggests the Japanese supplier could be on the hook for as much as $24 billion in repair costs.

That astronomical bill has investors running for the exits and, some observers warn, could finally break Takata financially.

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More than 50 million Takata airbags have already been recalled, the majority of them in the United States, due to a defect that can cause them to explode with too much force when triggered by a crash. At least 10 deaths have so far been linked to the problem. But the number could grow to more than 287 million airbags, according to the Bloomberg news service. (more…)

Airbag Control Module Defect Forcing Seven Makers to Recall 5 Mil Vehicles

Problem could prevent airbag deployment in crash – or trigger inflation accidentally.

by on Feb.04, 2016

The 2008 Honda Accord is one of the vehicles affected by a recall due to faulty airbag controllers.

A total of 5 million vehicles will be recalled due to a defective airbag control module that could accidentally trigger one of the devices – or prevent an airbag from deploying in the event of a crash.

The announcement by German supplier Continental comes less than a day after one of its customers, Honda Motor Co., issued a recall covering 341,000 Accord sedans. Separately, the Japanese maker also announced it was recalling 2.23 million Honda and Acura vehicles due to faulty Takata airbags.

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Widely hailed as one of the most significant safety devices since the introduction of the seatbelt, airbags have become the source of some of the biggest recalls in recent years. The Takata problem alone is now affecting more than 20 million vehicles in the U.S.


Safety Remain Big Issue as 2015 Draws to Close with Flurry of Recalls

Total likely to near new record.

by on Dec.28, 2015

Faulty Takata airbags were a major reason why recall numbers have run so high this year.

From Ferrari to Subaru, the auto industry is ending 2015 with a flurry of safety-related recalls, more than 1 million in the last week alone.

Final figures for 2015 haven’t been released yet, but they’re expected to come in as a close second to the record 64 million vehicles recalled in the U.S. in 2014. And they cover a wide variety of issues and an even wider range of vehicles from faulty transmissions to fire hazards and exploding airbags.


The huge number of recalls over the last two years is not a surprise to Joan Claybrook, a former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “The companies are more likely to behave and do a recall when they know the law is going to be enforced.”


Takata Loses $46 Mil as Toyota Calls it Quits

Future uncertain for supplier linked to fatal airbag issue.

by on Nov.06, 2015

Toyota's CEO Akio Toyoda cuts the cord and sets Takata even further adrift.

Things appear to be getting worse by the day for embattled Japanese supplier Takata Corp., the company that produced faulty airbag inflators linked to at least eight deaths and 98 injuries.

The company began the week by accepting a consent agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that included a $70 million fine. It has since watched its stock go into a tailspin as a steady stream of customers has headed for the door.

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Now, Toyota has joined the exodus just as Takata announces it lose 5.6 billion yen, or $45.8 million for the first half of its fiscal year – with analysts predicting the company’s financial situation is likely only to grow worse.