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Takata Pleads Guilty in Airbag Scandal

Justice Department plans to go after executives too.

by on Jan.13, 2017

The Justice Department reached a $1 billion settlement with Takata due to its faulty airbags that resulted in the largest recall in U.S. history.

Takata Corp., the Japanese supplier whose airbags have been linked to at least 11 U.S. deaths, has agreed to plead guilty and pay fines and restitution totaling about $1 billion, the Department of Justice announced Friday afternoon.

Reflecting what U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch this week called an effort to hold “flesh-and-blood individuals,” rather than just “faceless corporations” responsible for criminal activity, three Takata executives have been indicted in the scandal. Takata acknowledged it not only produced defective airbags but took steps to conceal that information from both its automaker customers and from the public.

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“Takata was supposed to be selling products that saved lives,” said Sandra Moser, principal deputy chief of the DOJ’s Fraud Section. Instead, for more than a decade … it put profits ahead of people’s safety.” (more…)

Takata Declares Another 14 Million Airbags “Defective”

Acting “out of an abundance of caution.”

by on May.17, 2016

Takata expanded its recall of defective airbags by another 14 million vehicles.

What is already the largest safety recall in automotive history continues to get bigger, Takata announcing it will recall another 14 million airbags that could be prone to inflate improperly in a crash, a potentially life-threatening problem.

The move is actually the first in what will likely be a series of new recalls by the embattled Japanese supplier, Takata previously indicating it will ultimately add as many as 40 million inflators to the list. Prior to a May 4 agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28.5 million airbag inflators had already been targeted.

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The precise number of vehicles that will be impacted by the new series of recalls has yet to be determined, as some models use several of the defective airbag systems. But earlier recalls had targeted about 24 million cars, trucks and crossovers sold in the U.S. (more…)

Takata May Recall Another 35 Million Airbags

Japanese supplier facing growing pressure to replace most or all of its airbag inflators.

by on May.04, 2016

A new report suggests that Takata may be forced to recall millions more airbags. The company's already recalled 24 million units.

The embattled Japanese supplier Takata may soon order the recall of tens of millions more vehicles due to potentially defective airbag inflators, according to a new report.

The move comes as pressure mounts on Takata to recall all of its airbag systems using ammonium nitrate inflators. A recent study warned that the explosive chemical may grow unstable over time, one of the apparent reasons why hundreds of Takata airbags have misfired, a problem now linked to at least 11 deaths.

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But whether such a move by Takata would satisfy the company’s critics is unclear. Some have called on the supplier to recall nearly 80 million airbag systems. Takata has already recalled more than 24 million cars, making it the largest safety-related recall in automotive history. (more…)

Airbag Recalls Could Cost Takata $24 Bil

Report sends Japanese supplier’s shares crashing.

by on Mar.31, 2016

A new report suggests that it could cost Takata as much as $24 billion to resolve its airbag recall.

With safety regulators considering whether to order the recall of all Takata airbags using ammonium nitrate, a new report suggests the Japanese supplier could be on the hook for as much as $24 billion in repair costs.

That astronomical bill has investors running for the exits and, some observers warn, could finally break Takata financially.

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More than 50 million Takata airbags have already been recalled, the majority of them in the United States, due to a defect that can cause them to explode with too much force when triggered by a crash. At least 10 deaths have so far been linked to the problem. But the number could grow to more than 287 million airbags, according to the Bloomberg news service. (more…)

As 10th Death Reported, Takata Expands Recall List by Millions

Another five million inflators to be replaced. Yet more recalls could follow.

by on Jan.22, 2016

A faulty Takata airbag has been blamed for another death, bringing the total to 10. NHTSA expanded the recall of the suppliers airbags as a result.

A 10th fatality has been linked to faulty Takata airbags, prompting the recall of millions of additional vehicle sold in the U.S., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced.

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind had signaled the likelihood of a further expansion of the Takata recall last week. The agency has since revealed that U.S. recalls, on the whole, hit a new record in 2015, with the problem with the Japanese supplier’s airbags a major reason why.

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Up to now, 23 million airbag inflators produced by Takata were targeted, impacting 19 million vehicles. The new recall involves another 5 million inflators, but NHTSA could not immediately say how many vehicles are affected. (more…)

Takata CEO Apologizes for Airbag Problems

Cause of inflator issue still being investigated.

by on Jun.25, 2015

Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada apologized for the problems associated with the company's faulty airbags during a press conference in Tokyo.

Just a day after a senior Takata North America official took his lumps from members of the Senate Commerce Committee for faulty airbags, the company’s CEO Shigehisa Takada made a brief apology at a news conference in Tokyo.

Takada expressed regret over the problems, saying the exact cause of the problem was still under investigation. While he issued a short apology and bowed along with two other senior executives, he said nothing else, leaving the other executives to handle the media briefing.

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He hasn’t appeared before the media since the problems with the company’s airbags came to light. The faulty airbags can explode hitting passengers with shrapnel. The bags have been blamed for seven deaths in the U.S. and hundreds of injuries. (more…)

Takata Ended Airbag Investigations Due to Costs

Engineers found problems, but company halted queries.

by on Jun.23, 2015

Takata's Kevin Kennedy will have to explain why the supplier ended two investigations of problems with airbags due to costs to a Senate committee today.

Takata allowed finances to trump safety starting in 2009, according to newly released report, as the supplier cut short investigations into airbag problems due to the costs associated with the testing.

Investigators looking into the Takata airbag recall discovered that the company stopped safety audits due to an email from a top executive at the company from April 2011.

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“Global safety audits had stopped for financial reasons for last 2 years,” a senior vice president wrote in an email. (more…)

NHTSA Fining Takata $14K a Day

Supplier fails to explain data in 2.4 million documents.

by on Feb.20, 2015

Takata's Hiroshi Shimizu testified before Congress, but the company hasn't been cooperative in a federal probe about its faulty airbags.

Takata’s refusal to fully cooperate in a federal investigation of its exploding airbags responsible for the recall of more than 18 million vehicles will now cost them more than bad publicity – the company’s going to pony up $14,000 a day.

“Safety is a shared responsibility, and Takata’s failure to fully cooperate with our investigation is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement.

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The faulty inflators can explode and spew shrapnel into passenger cabin. At least six people have been killed worldwide due to the problem. The inflators are in cars made by 10 auto companies, which have all issued recalls for the affected vehicles. (more…)