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Latest Honda Airbag Recall Lengthens Shadow of Product Doubt

Industry tracking to beat last year record-setting recall year of 64 million.

by on Oct.30, 2015

The 2008 Honda Accord is part of another recall for faulty airbags. The maker is recalling 300,000 of the vehicles from 2008 and 2009.

If you own a Honda Accord, don’t slam that door too hard. The Japanese automaker is recalling 300,000 of the cars from 2008 and 2009 because the side-impact airbags may deploy if the door is “forcefully slammed.”

There have been 19 complaints about the issue, which the maker blamed on an incorrect sensor calibration. The problem affects both the air curtains, which are in the roof above the side windows and provide head protection, and airbags in the side of the seat that protect the torso.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration started investigating the problem last year due to the complaints, which included several instances of the automaker refusing to pay for the repair. (more…)

Takata Troubles Could Grow Significantly

NHTSA reduces earlier recall total – but launches new investigation.

by on Sep.03, 2015

Until now, the focus has been on frontal airbags in older vehicles using Takata inflators. The new investigation could broaden the issue substantially.

For embattled Japanese supplier Takata, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has both good news and bad.

U.S. safety regulators earlier this week announced that the recall linked to potentially deadly frontal airbags will be smaller than originally predicted. But NHTSA now says it has begun an investigation that could yet add millions more vehicles using Takata’s airbags inflators due to new reports of dangerous malfunctions.

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What’s particularly worrisome to observers is that the latest investigation could expand a future recall to cover not just older vehicles but millions of newer models. And the new NHTSA probe is targeting a wider range of airbag types, including side-impact restraints, and not just the frontal devices covered by the original Takata recall.

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Takata’s Troubles Don’t End with Faulty Airbags

Japanese supplier investigated for price fixing.

by on Oct.24, 2014

Takata's problems are bigger than the 7.8 million vehicles recalled due to its faulty airbags.

The Japanese auto supplier at the center of a massive recall of due to potentially explosive airbags, Takata Corp., is also mired in a criminal price-fixing investigation by the Department of Justice.

Four Takata executives pleaded guilty to price-fixing charges brought by the Justice Department’s anti-trust division, which charged the company’s executives with colluding with other suppliers to rig bids for seat belts against Honda, Toyota and Mazda.

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In addition to the charges by the DOJ, the U.S. District Court in Eastern District of Michigan has levied fines against Takata totaling more than $71 million. All three Japanese carmakers also have been heavily impacted by the concerns over airbags supplied by Takata, which have exploded and in a number of cases injured motorists. (more…)