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Less Than Half of Potentially Deadly Takata Airbags Replaced

Just 43% of the dangerous airbag units changed.

by on Nov.20, 2017

As many as 19 people are known to have died due to faulty Takata airbag inflators.

Despite a variety of efforts to inform owners of vehicles equipped with deadly Takata airbags to replace the defective components, only 43% of cars and trucks have been repaired.

According to a new report on the progress of the repairs, less than half of the more than 42 million vehicles and 69 million airbags subject to recalls have been fixed. The recalls began more than 15 years ago, but the most significant push began three years ago.

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On average, 75% of vehicles with recalls are repaired within 18 months of the action being issued.  (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 Ramping Up Replacement Airbag Production

Component maker aiming to increase production to 900k monthly.

by on Feb.11, 2015

Takata is pushing to double its current output of replacement inflators by September to 900,000 monthly at its plant in Mexico.

Takata recently ramped up its production of replacement inflators for its recalled airbags by 50 percent to 450,000 units a month. The company is now looking to double that number by this fall.

The Japanese airbag maker has been forced to recall tens of millions of airbags globally because they may inflators may explode upon activation sending shrapnel in to the cabin possibly injuring or killing passengers in the car.

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The airbags have been attributed to at least five deaths and dozens of injuries in the U.S. (more…)