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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 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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Subaru Recall Pushes Total Past 40 Million Vehicles

GM recalls aside, industry may have reached new record anyway.

by on Jul.03, 2014

Subaru recalled 660,000 vehicles, including the 2008-2014 Impreza, for brake line issues.

The recall of more than 660,000 Subarus for brake lines that may rust and leak fluid, pushed the total for this year to more than 40 million vehicles.

The Japanese maker recalled 2005-2009 Legacys and Outbacks, 2008-2014 Imprezas and 2009-2013 Foresters. If the brake lines rust and leak, it can reduce the ability to brake quickly.

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In some cases, it’s the second time for the recall: about 274,000 Legacy and Outback vehicles were recalled for the same problem in March 2013. (more…)

Koreans Hyundai, Kia Recalling 1.9 Mil Vehicles

Koreans Hyundai, Kia Recalling 1.9 Mil Vehicles

by on Apr.03, 2013

The Hyundai Elantra is one of the many Korean vehicles covered by three new recalls.

Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia are initiating one of their largest recalls ever – or more precisely, three separate service actions announced today that involve 1.9 million vehicles sold in the U.S. market since late 2006.

The majority of the vehicles involved were subject to earlier recalls designed to address the same issue – electronic gremlins that could impact a wide variety of systems, from stop lamps to stability control, and even prevent the use of the push-button stop feature.

Meanwhile, the small Japanese automaker Subaru is recalling 200,000 vehicles of its own due to brake line corrosion issues.

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The larger recalls involving Hyundai and Kia present some serious headaches for the Korean makers after repeated efforts to deal with the electronic control issues. The two makers operate in the U.S. as separate companies but share much of the same technology under the skin of their vehicles.

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Subaru Starts 2013 with Major Recall

Electrical problem, fire risk impacts 634,000 vehicles.

by on Jan.03, 2013

The 2012 Subaru Legacy is one of the models impacted by Subaru's new recall.

This story has been revised to clarify that only a select group of Subaru vehicles will actually need repairs. The automaker, however, needs owner help in identifying which ones.

The New Year has gotten off to a bad start – for Subaru, anyway. The maker is being forced to recall nearly 634,000 sedans, wagons and crossovers due to an electrical problem that could lead to a vehicle fire.

More precisely, says Subaru, it will notify owners of 633,842 relatively late-model vehicles they may be subject to a recall, though only about 54,000 of those Subaru products will actually need to undergo repairs.

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Subaru is just the latest in a string of makers, including Toyota, Ford and General Motors, who have had to recall millions of vehicles over the last 12 months due to defects that could lead to fires.  In this case, the problem is located in a faulty puddle lamp where wiring could short out if exposed to moisture, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Subaru Recalls Impreza WRX Models for Fuel Leaks

Regional recall covers cold weather states, and 6,000 cars.

by on Dec.15, 2009

Subaru of America is recalling 2002-2003 Impreza WRX sedan and wagon models originally sold in or currently registered in 16 cold weather states.

Subaru says the problem involves seepage of fuel around connections between a metal line and a rubber hose located beneath the intake manifold in the engine compartment. This seepage occurs during cold starts, typically under extremely cold temperatures. Customers complain of a fuel odor.

No fires, crashes, injuries or deaths attributed to this defect have been reported. Based on its investigations, Subaru has concluded that the affected vehicles do not contain a safety related defect.

An engineering analysis by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration remains open.

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Vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the states of South Dakota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Colorado, Wisconsin, New York, Wyoming, Michigan, Alaska, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are affected.

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