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Seven Automakers Add 4.4 Mil Vehicles to Takata Recall

Figure likely to grow by millions more.

by on Jun.02, 2016

A 2007 Chevrolet Suburban, one of the GM sport-ute models targeted by the latest recall.

Already the largest safety campaign in automotive history, seven automakers have added another 4.4 million vehicles to the list of cars, trucks and crossovers recalled due to defective Takata airbags.

Since mid-May, the figure has grown by more than 16 million vehicles, and that’s on top of the 24 million covered by a recall ordered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last autumn. And since NHTSA plans a phased campaign, millions more Takata airbags are expected to be recalled over the next two years.

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The latest move impacts BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen. But virtually every major automaker, and even smaller ones like Ferrari, have been touched by the ongoing crisis caused by airbags that can explode with deadly force. Of the makers involved in the latest action, GM has the largest numbers of vehicles impacted, about 1.9 million.


Automakers Continue to Install Defective Takata Airbags on New Vehicles

And 2.1 mil defective inflators have been installed as replacements in older vehicles.

by on Jun.01, 2016

A Takata airbag after a crash.

(This story has been revised to include comments by FCA and Toyota.)

Even as federal safety regulators expand the ongoing recall of defective Takata airbags, four major automakers continue to install some of the potentially deadly devices on their newest vehicles, according to a new Senate report.

A number of manufacturers also are using defective Takata inflators as replacements for older airbags in about 2.1 million recalled vehicles. Federal regulators have approved that move as a temporary measure due to a shortage of replacements parts using newer, safer designs.

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The four manufacturers that acknowledge they are continuing to use defective Takata bags in new products are Fiat Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Volkswagen, according to the report released today by U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee.


Increasingly Desperate Takata Seeking Financial Bailout

Japanese airbag supplier planning to restructure, find new investors.

by on May.26, 2016

NHTSA recently added 40 million airbags to the recall.

Blamed for the largest safety recall in automotive history and facing potentially billions of dollars in legal and repair costs, embattled Japanese supplier Takata is reportedly exploring ways to restructure and bring in new investors.

Industry sources say that without new funding, Takata may no longer be viable. That could leave customers ranging such as General Motors, Daimler and Toyota stuck with the entire bill for replacing tens of millions of faulty airbags. It could also force nearly 20 manufacturers who have used Takata’s suspect airbag inflators to go searching for new sources of replacement parts.

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“The committee strongly believes that it is in the best interests of all Takata stakeholders for Takata and its automotive customers to reach a consensual resolution that addresses the costs of the inflator issues while enabling Takata to remain a viable and valued global supplier to the automotive industry,” Hideaki Sudo, a lawyer in Tokyo heading Takata’s new steering committee, said in a statement.


Feds May Recall Up to 85 Million More Takata Airbags

Cost could balloon to $3.5 billion.

by on Apr.14, 2016

17-year-old Huma Hanif was killed when the Takata airbag in her Honda malfunctioned. Courtesy: WHOU.

The number of vehicles facing recall due to potentially defective Takata airbags continues to grow – as does the possible bill for replacing the faulty safety systems.

So far, about 24 million vehicles sold in the U.S. have been recalled as a result of the problem which has been linked to 11 deaths, including a 17-year Texas girl killed in a March 31 crash. But an analysis by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns that as many as 85 million additional airbag inflators might be defective.

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Because many vehicles use multiple Takata inflators, the exact number of cars, trucks and crossovers that would be affected is not clear. But it is likely to be significantly larger than the number of vehicles already affected by the current Takata recall.


Teen Killed by Exploding Takata Airbag

Family hadn't responded to recall of older Honda.

by on Apr.07, 2016

So far, about 24 million vehicles using Takata airbags have been recalled in the U.S.

A 17-year-old girl driving a car near Houston was killed when the airbag in her 2002 Honda Civic malfunctioned during a crash, the latest in a series of 11 deaths now linked to faulty airbag inflators provided by Japanese supplier Takata.

The defect, which has also been linked to more than 100 injuries, has triggered the largest recall in U.S. automotive history, 14 automakers now calling back 24 million vehicles to replace Takata inflators. There has been growing pressure to expand that recall to cover millions more vehicles considered potentially at risk.

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The Richmond, Texas girl’s vehicle had already been subject to recall, though repairs had been made. That is likely to escalate pressure on both Takata and the carmakers that have used its airbag systems to increase efforts to reach owners of the affected vehicles. Federal data show that only about 27% of the vehicles covered by the Takata recall have so far been fixed.


New Report Faults American Auto Recall Process

Millions of motorists routinely ignore potentially deadly defects.

by on Jun.16, 2011

Toyota claims a successful recall for models like the Camry involved in the sudden acceleration campaign - but perhaps a million vehicles will still never be repaired.

Perhaps a million or more Toyota owners have ignored a series of recalls due to potential defects that could lead their vehicles to unexpectedly accelerate out of control.

And that’s the good news.  Officials with the Japanese automaker brag that they have had one of the most successful recall campaigns ever to repair potentially sticky accelerator pedals and carpets that can become trapped beneath the throttle, convincing upwards of 80% of their owners to bring in vehicles covered by the unintended acceleration recall campaigns.  Most of the time, the response rate is significantly lower, often under 50%, according to industry officials.

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And that’s a major problem cited by a new Government Accountability Office report that finds serious fault with the way recalls are conducted in the United States.  It reveals that many American motorists routinely ignore warnings of safety defects and as a result there are millions of vehicles on the road that have never undergone necessary repairs for problems that can, in many instances, be extremely serious.

Notices of safety campaigns are routinely ignored, said the report, so that, “Many recalled vehicles are never fixed, posing a risk to vehicle operators, other drivers, and pedestrians.”