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As 9th Takata Death Reported, Honda Again Expands Airbag Recall

Teen driver suffers fatal injuries from faulty airbag inflator.

by on Dec.23, 2015

2003 Honda CR-V crossovers are covered by the latest expansion of the Takata recall.

Federal regulators say a faulty airbag inflator appears to have caused the death of a young driver, the ninth fatality so far linked to a system provided by Japanese supplier Takata.

The announcement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came as Honda announced the latest in a series of recalls involving vehicles equipped with Takata airbags. So far, close to 20 million vehicles sold in the U.S. have been targeted for safety repairs due to the use of suspect airbag inflators.

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All eight of the Takata airbag deaths identified as occurring in the U.S. involved Honda vehicles. Another death was reported outside the States.


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.

(This story has been updated.)

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.


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.”


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.


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.