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Honda Launches National Ad Campaign Urging Drivers to Get Airbags Replaced

Program aims to increase repair rate for bags linked to five deaths.

by on Mar.12, 2015

A Takata airbag after a crash.

Honda is launching a major national advertising effort to convince buyers to repair millions of vehicles equipped with potentially deadly airbags produced by beleaguered Japanese supplier Takata.

So far, at least five deaths – all in Honda vehicles – have been linked to the problem in which the airbags may inflate too aggressively during a crash, sending shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment.

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The campaign is meant to “to save lives and prevent injuries,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of the automobile division of American Honda Motor Co.

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Steering, Other Problems Lead to New Toyota Recalls

Bigger issue could leave Camry sedan with “complete loss” of power steering.

by on Mar.12, 2015

The Toyota Camry got a major update for 2015.

Toyota has ordered up several new recalls for a variety of issues, the most serious potentially leading to a “complete loss” of power steering in several of its most popular models, including the recently redesigned Camry sedan.

Though it would still allow a driver to muscle through turns, the maker warned, the problem “increases the risk of a crash.”

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The second problem could cause some of Toyota’s RAV4 EV battery cars to unexpectedly shift into neutral making it impossible to move out of the way were the issue to occur while on a freeway or in a traffic jam.

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Honda Earnings Hammered By Recalls, Weak Japan Sales

Maker also cuts forecast for full fiscal year.

by on Jan.30, 2015

A 2002 Honda Civic. One of millions of Hondas equipped with suspect Takata airbags.

Honda earnings took a sharp tumble during the most recent quarter, hammered by a variety of problems including the maker’s airbag recalls, as well as sluggish sales in its home Japanese market.

The maker announced the 15% decrease in net income a day after it said it received reports of two more drivers, including one in Houston, who may have been killed by flying debris caused by the explosive malfunction of its airbags.

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Honda has been forced to recall millions of vehicles using the supplemental restraint systems produced by supplier Takata. It also had to fix problems with its new Fit subcompact. Analysts have estimated the recalls have cost Honda about $255 million, or 30 billion yen – though the maker did not break out details.

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Honda Trims List of Vehicles Targeted by Nationwide Airbag Recall

About 5.4 million vehicles sold between 2001 – 2011 now covered.

by on Dec.08, 2014

The 2002 Honda Civic EX is one of the models covered by the expanded Takata airbag recall.

Honda will voluntarily recall about 5.4 million vehicles nationwide to fix potentially defective Takata airbags – about 10% fewer cars and crossovers than the maker had originally signaled when it announced the safety campaign last week.

More than 2.8 million of those vehicles were already covered by a recall Honda announced last June, and the maker says many of them have already had their airbags replaced. They will not need additional repairs.

Honda is the single largest customer for airbags produced by embattled supplier Takata. The Japanese parts manufacturer last week told members of a Senate committee it would not expand an earlier, regional recall for faulty airbags. But Honda and several other automakers have decided to expand the safety campaign on their own.

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Honda Expanding Recall, Even as Takata Deems Move Unnecessary

Second vendor stepping in to help supply replacement parts.

by on Dec.03, 2014

Takata has a falling out with Honda over calls for an expanded recall of faulty airbags.

Even as its one of its key safety suppliers rejects a call for a nationwide recall of potentially defective airbags, Honda North America said it will expand the existing service action that originally focused on only select portions of the U.S.

The split between Honda and embattled Japanese partsmaker Takata Corp. came during a heated hearing before a Congressional subcommittee probing a problem now linked to at least five deaths in the U.S. alone.

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In October, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ordered the recall of 7.8 million older vehicles operating in Southern Florida and other high-humidity areas because of a propensity to misfire during collisions, potentially sending deadly shrapnel into the passenger compartment. NHTSA has since said the evidence calls for a broader recall of driver-side Takata airbags, though it is still studying potential problems with bags used on the passenger side of vehicles.

While a top Takata official told Congressmen the evidence “does not support” a broader recall,” its largest customer, Honda, said it would accept NHTSA’s demand for a nationwide recall.

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NHTSA Debates How Far to Expand Takata Airbag Recall

Agency still wants nationwide recall for faulty driver’s side bags, but hedging on passenger-side airbags.

by on Dec.02, 2014

A Takata airbag after a crash.

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Already under fire for its handling of several recent major safety issues, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration continues to debate how far to expand the recall of vehicles equipped with potentially faulty airbags produced by Japanese supplier Takata Corp.

With NHTSA officials set to testify before Congress on Wednesday, the agency confirmed it is still seeking a nationwide recall of driver-side airbags, but that it is not yet calling for a similar action for passenger-side airbags. The safety agency was sharply criticized following its initial decision in October to order a recall of 7.8 million vehicles in areas with high humidity where the risk of airbag failures was considered most serious.

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The big question is whether Takata will accept NHTSA’s midnight deadline and agree to go along with the expanded driver’s side airbag recall before tomorrow’s Capitol Hill hearing.

Takata Chairman Shigehisa Takada was expected to announce a decision on Tuesday but failed to reveal the company’s position.

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Honda Earnings Up, but Maker Lowers Full-Year Forecast

Takata and other problems loom for Japan’s third-largest maker.

by on Oct.28, 2014

Honda recently confirmed plans to add the HR-V - shown in concept form - to its line-up.

Honda profits surged during the July-to-September quarter, but the third-largest Japanese automaker nonetheless lowered its full-year forecast reflecting a variety of potential problems ahead.

Helped by a weak yen, Honda Motor Co. reported net earnings of 141.8 billion yen, or $1.3 billion, for the second quarter of the Japanese fiscal year. Sales, meanwhile, increased by 4%, to 3.015 trillion yen, or $27.9 billion.

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Honda is among the Japanese makers to benefit from a weak yen which it credited for boosting revenues by 123 billion yen, or $1.1 billion during the latest quarter. But that exchange rate enhancement isn’t expected to continue, industry analysts warn, while Honda warned it faces a “difficult business environment” that includes sluggish demand in Asia.

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NHTSA Increases Takata Airbag Warning to Cover 7.8 Million Vehicles

Agency failed to account for Ford, Subaru in first alert.

by on Oct.22, 2014

Three Subaru models, including this 2003 Outback, were added to the recall warning list.

Federal safety regulators bungled their first attempt to warn owners of 7.8 million recalled vehicles equipped with airbags produced by Takata Corp. that they should bring their vehicles to dealers for immediate repair.

In an unprecedented move, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an alert to vehicle owners that the airbags could explode causing injury and even death to vehicle occupants, particularly in areas with high humidity. Several phone calls to Takata by TheDetroitBureau were not returned.

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“Responding to these recalls, whether old or new, is essential to personal safety and it will help aid our ongoing investigation into Takata airbags and what appears to be a problem related to extended exposure to consistently high humidity and temperatures,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman in a statement. “However, we’re leaving no stone unturned in our aggressive pursuit to track down the full geographic scope of this issue.”

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Honda Adds Another 1 Mil Vehicle to Airbag Recall

Subaru also impacted by faulty Takata airbag problem.

by on Jul.09, 2014

Honda will recall as many as 1 million more vehicles due to airbag problems, including '03 Accords.

One of the largest safety-related problems in automotive history has become even bigger, faulty Takata-made airbags forcing Honda to recall as many as 1 million more vehicles, while Subaru has become the eighth automaker impacted by the problem.

More than 10 million vehicles have been affected by the defect which could cause airbags to improperly inflate in a crash, potentially sending shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment.

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The announcement comes a day after Honda announced a separate recall due to a separate problem involving the headlights on some of the vehicles sold by its Acura luxury brand. Ford, meanwhile, announced six separate recalls on Tuesday covering over 100,000 vehicles. All told, more than 41 million cars, trucks and crossovers have been recalled since January 1, already a record well ahead of the 34.1 million vehicles recalled in 2004.

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Airbag Problems Force Honda, Nissan, Mazda to Recall Nearly 3 Million Vehicles Worldwide

Chrysler announces limited recall.

by on Jun.23, 2014

The recall includes the 2002 Honda Civic.

Barely two weeks after a major airbag recall was announced by industry giant Toyota, three other Japanese manufacturers have taken similar steps that will impact nearly 3 million vehicles worldwide.

The latest recalls were announced by Honda, Nissan and Toyota, and aim to address faulty airbag systems supplied by Japanese partsmaker Takata Corp. An apparent manufacturing defect could cause the bags to improperly inflate, possibly blasting shrapnel into the passenger compartment.

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Separately, Chrysler also is recalling some 2006 Dodge Chargers equipped with potentially faulty Takata airbag inflators sold in high-humidity areas. Nissan also will have a regional recall.

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