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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.

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Toyota, Nissan Recall Another 6.5 Mil Vehicles for Faulty Airbags

Total Takata recalls now approaching 30 mil worldwide.

by on May.13, 2015

A Takata airbag after a crash.

Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co., Japan’s two largest automakers, have announced another major recall to fix potentially faulty Takata airbags, a move affecting a total of 6.5 million vehicles, about 1 million of them sold in the U.S.

All told, nearly 30 million vehicles have been recalled as a result of the problem, which can cause airbags to inflate over-aggressively in a crash, sending shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment. The problem has so far been linked to a half-dozen deaths, most of them in the United States.

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The latest actions may not spell the end of the Takata problem, however, as some safety advocates are calling for the recall of as many as 30 million vehicles equipped with suspect Takata airbags in the U.S. alone. (more…)

Honda Confirms New Takata Fatality

NHTSA orders recall of 2.1 million vehicles for airbag problems.

by on Feb.02, 2015

Honda is investigating a fatality that occurred last month related to a Takata airbag.

Honda is investigating a fatality in Houston that it believes is attributable to Takata’s faulty airbags. It would be the fifth death in the U.S. due to the airbags.

The driver of a 2002 Honda Accord died last month in Houston when the airbag ruptured in a crash, killing the driver.

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The airbags, which are currently subject to a recall, can explode when inflating sending shrapnel into the vehicle’s cabin. In addition to the driver-side airbag in this case, passenger-side airbags manufactured by Takata have been recalled as well. In all, 10 automakers have recalled several million airbags. (more…)

Takata Airbag Problem Engulfs Toyota

Latest recall pushes maker’s total over 2 million vehicles.

by on Oct.20, 2014

Toyota recalled the 2003-2005 Sequoia as part of an action involving 247,000 vehicles using Takata airbags.

Takata’s defective airbags forced another automaker to recall additional vehicles today as Toyota announced it is recalling 247,000 vehicles with airbags that may rupture. The Japanese maker has already recalled more than 2.2 million vehicles for faulty Takata inflators.

This action follows a series of recalls by several automakers that used Takata’s airbags in their vehicles, including Chrysler, General Motors, Ford, Honda, BMW and others. In all, more than 16.5 million vehicles have been recalled since 2008 due to the faulty airbags, according to Bloomberg News.

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Toyota is recalling the 2002-05 Lexus SC, 2002-05 Toyota Sequoia, 2003-05 Toyota Tundra and 2003-05 Corolla and Corolla Matrix. (more…)

Airbag Issues Force Recalls at GM, Chrysler

New GM midsize pickups among those impacted.

by on Oct.15, 2014

They’ve been called one of the industry’s most important safety breakthroughs, but manufacturers might also call airbags a major headache lately, as a growing list of problems have led to the recall of millions of vehicles over the last year.

The latest on the list are Chrysler and General Motors, both announcing service actions due to wiring defects that could cause airbags in some vehicles to fail when needed. The issue at Chrysler is similar to one that forced a major recall by cross-town rival Ford last month.

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Among the vehicles covered by the latest pair of recalls are the all-new General Motors midsize pickups just coming to market. GM initially ordered a stop-sale in hopes of making repairs before the vehicles got into consumers’ hands, and it now says only 138 of the 2,432 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks covered by the service action have actually been delivered to buyers.

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Takata Airbags Force Yet Another GM Recall

Maker also has safety issue in China; GM to announce victims’ fund.

by on Jun.27, 2014

Some 2013 and 2014 Chevy Cruze sedans are targeted by GM's latest recall.

Barely a day after ordering the stop-sale of its popular Chevrolet Cruze model, General Motors has announced it will recall nearly 30,000 of the compact sedans because of the risk posed by improperly manufactured airbags.

It’s the latest in a string of nearly 40 recalls GM has announced in the U.S. since the beginning of the year impacting almost 18 million vehicles in its home market, and more than 20 million worldwide. In fact, the automaker’s safety woes extend well beyond North America, GM announcing it will recall nearly 200,000 Buick Excelle models sold in China due to faulty headlights.

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The airbag issue at home is a serious blow to a company that has continued to insist it is struggling to put its safety issues behind it. But it also raises new concerns about the capabilities of one of the world’s largest suppliers of the supplemental inflatable restraints, Takata Corp., which has been responsible for a number of other recent recalls – even as it deals with issues related to bid-rigging and price-fixing.

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U.S. Makers Tracking to Decimate Recall Record in Just Six Months

GM leads the pack with 17.7 million vehicles called back.

by on Jun.24, 2014

Ford President Joe Hinrichs said the automaker hasn't changed its approach toward vehicle recalls this year.

It is the record no one wants to see broken, but everyone expects it will be. With yesterday’s recall of 3 million vehicles, automakers in the U.S. have recalled 31.4 million vehicles this year, easily surpassing last year’s total of 27.96 million in just under six months and within an eyelash of the record total of 33.01 million from 2004.

Automakers are certainly aware of dubious distinction they’re facing. Joe Hinrichs, president of the Americas, Ford Motor Co., notes there are “unique circumstances going on in the industry” right now. That said, Hinrichs insists Ford has not changed its corporate approach to recalls.

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While General Motors is playing a central role in encroaching on the previous high-water mark with 17.7 million vehicles recalled this year, including 6 million recalled for faulty ignition switches, Ford may have a unique perspective on the current flurry of recalls. It wasn’t that long ago it was the poster child for automotive recalls due to the Firestone and Explorer debacle at the beginning of the decade. (more…)

Is Your Car Concealing a Deadly Defect?

A quarter of all owners never get recall repairs completed.

by on Jun.23, 2014

Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, notes there is no such thing as a small or minor recall.

The numbers have been adding up fast. Just since the beginning of this month, Japan’s five largest automakers have recalled nearly 6 million vehicles due to airbag problems. General Motors has staged more than three dozen recalls since the beginning of the year for all manner of issues impacting 20 million vehicles worldwide, nearly 18 million in the U.S. alone.

At the current pace, industry analysts anticipate the industry will soon exceed not only last year’s total of 27.96 million vehicles covered by safety-related recalls, but also the 33.01 million peak set in 2004.

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Yet – or perhaps because of – the fast clip of announcements, there’s concern that millions of those vehicles will never be repaired. According to data tracked by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an average one of every four vehicles covered by a safety recall will never be fixed. (more…)

When Airbags Kill

Designed as lifesavers, problems and recalls mount.

by on Feb.12, 2013

Honda has recalled millions of vehicles due to airbag defects, including the 2011 Odyssey.

They’re designed to save lives and reduce potential serious injuries, but a search of federal records reveals that a surprising number of Americans have been killed or injured due to problems with vehicle airbag systems.

In fact, defects involving the devices have been among the most common factor in the surge in safety-related recalls over the last several years. A total of 1.5 million vehicles have already been targeted by airbag recalls ordered by Honda and Toyota this year, with 22 separate recalls involving 18 different brands in 2012 involving airbag defects.

“It’s a complex system and that complexity implies more components, Honda spokesman Chris Martin told USA Today.

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The maker has had some of the most serious problems with airbag defects in recent years, including a recall in January that involved nearly 750,000 Pilot and Odyssey models. Missing rivets on an airbag cover could cause the devices to fail to inflate properly, noted the maker, “increasing the risk of injury in a crash.”

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NHTSA Investigating Airbag Supplier Behind Four Recalls

Probe follows news of expanded Honda recall.

by on Feb.22, 2012

The 2012 Honda Civic is one of the vehicles covered by the recent spate of airbag recalls.

Federal safety regulators have launched an investigation of a major Swedish-based airbag supplier linked to recent recalls by four separate Japanese automakers.

That list includes Toyota, Nissan, Subaru and Honda – the latter maker announcing a recall early this month that was then doubled in size last week, though the total number of vehicles covered by the two announcements is still less than 1,000.  In all, the four automakers have now recalled about 2,700 vehicles.

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The NHTSA probe has centered on the U.S. arm of supplier Autoliv, which told the federal safety agency it shipped about 10,500 potentially defective airbag inflators to those four makers and two other airbag manufacturers.

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