Detroit Bureau on Twitter

Posts Tagged ‘Takata news’

Ford, Mazda Expand ‘Do Not Drive’ Takata Recall

Automakers broaden small pickup recall after additional testing.

by on Feb.12, 2018

Owners of certain 2006 Ford Rangers are being told to park their trucks immediately as part of a recall to repair faulty Takata airbags.

This story has been updated with additional information.

Ford and Mazda issued a warning to about 35,000 Ranger and B-Series small pickups to stop driving the trucks immediately due to potential problems with Takata-made airbags. The action is essentially an extension of a smaller recall Ford issued last month.

In January, Ford issued the same order for 2,900 Ranger pickups for the 2006 model year because of the faulty inflators from Takata. The company became aware of a second death that occurred in a truck from the same “production run” of vehicles causing Ford to send out the urgent warning to owners.

Subscribe Now!

Mazda Motor Corp. followed suit for about 1,800 2006 Mazda B-series trucks that were built by Ford after it had issued a warning for 160 trucks last month. NHTSA said the vehicles pose “an immediate risk to safety” and asked owners to immediately schedule a free repair. (more…)

Ford Orders 2,900 Rangers With Takata Airbags Parked

Automaker will fix trucks in owners' driveways, tow them to dealerships.

by on Jan.12, 2018

Owners of certain 2006 Ford Rangers are being told to park their trucks immediately as part of a recall to repair faulty Takata airbags.

The 21st victim of exploding Takata airbags is causing Ford to warn owners of about 2,900 Ranger pickup trucks to park them immediately.

The victim, Steve Mollohan of Hedgesville, West Virginia, was killed July 1, when the airbag exploded in his 2006 Ford Ranger. Ford received notification of the fatality in mid-December and conducted an inspection of the truck on Dec. 27.

Safety News!

After looking into the incident, it was determined the inflator for the airbag was made on the same day as one that caused the death of a South Carolina man in 2015. This prompted the automaker to issue an urgent new recall in the U.S. and Canada for Rangers made on that day. (more…)

Faulty Takata Airbag Claims 20th Victim

Louisiana death highlights new problem: salvaged airbags.

by on Dec.21, 2017

Now 20 people are known to have died due to faulty Takata airbag inflators.

The number of deaths worldwide associated with Takata’s faulty airbags has risen to 20 after a fatality was reported in an accident in Louisiana in July.

Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed that a Takata airbag inflator explosion was to blame for a fatality in a July 10 crash in Baton Rouge, the company said. Additionally, the incident has brought to light a new problem: salvaged airbags.

News You Can Trust!

Unsurprisingly, the 2004 Honda Civic never received the required recall repair, but the ruptured Takata inflator discovered by investigators wasn’t the original inflator in the bag: it was one from different vehicle. (more…)

Key Safety Systems Agrees to $1.6B Purchase of Takata

Deal expected to be completed next year.

by on Nov.21, 2017

Key Safety Systems agreed to a $1.6 billion acquisition of Takata, except its airbag replacement business.

The final chapter for Takata is being written as Key Safety Systems will purchase most of the assets of the Japanese suppliers for $1.6 billion.

The Detroit-area supplier gets everything, including the company’s 45,000 employees, but not the operations producing replacement airbag kits for Takata’s faulty airbag recall. Takata will run that until the operations are complete.

Safety News!

Most of the proceeds will go to pay the $1 billion penalty levied against Takata from a U.S. criminal fraud judgement.  (more…)

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.

News You Can Trust!

On average, 75% of vehicles with recalls are repaired within 18 months of the action being issued.  (more…)

Bad Week for Those Suing Takata, GM

Courts side with airbag maker; GM derails $1b settlement over faulty ignition switches.

by on Aug.18, 2017

As many as 18 people are known to have died due to faulty Takata airbag inflators.

Motorists looking for settlements related to two of the biggest safety scandals in recent years were in for some unpleasant surprises this week.

General Motors derailed a deal that could have forced it to provide $1 billion in stock to thousands of plaintiffs suing over the company’s faulty ignition switches which were linked to more than 100 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

The Last Word!

Separately, a Delaware bankruptcy court halted a collection of lawsuits filed against the Japanese auto partsmaker seeking damages related to faulty airbags now linked to as many as 18 deaths and about 180 injuries worldwide – though the suits may continue after a 90-day ordered by Judge Brendan Shannon.

(more…)

Nissan Agrees to Pay $97.7M in Takata Settlement

Less than 30% of Nissan vehicles have been repaired.

by on Aug.08, 2017

Nissan is paying $97.7 million to owners of vehicles equipped with Takata airbags.

Nissan agreed to pay $97.7 million to owners of its vehicles equipped with deadly Takata Corp. airbags to offset economic losses on the 4.4 million cars in the U.S. The move is part of a settlement with those owners.

The automaker said in a statement that it was not admitting fault under the settlement, which is similar to that of other companies that used the potentially lethal airbags.

News Now!

In June, a federal judge in Miami granted preliminary approval to settlements with Toyota Motor Corp., Subaru Corp., BMW AG and Mazda Motor Corp. totaling $553 million and affecting 15.8 million vehicles with Takata inflators, according to Reuters. (more…)

Takata’s Faulty Airbags Kill 18th Victim

Australian man dies driving Honda CRV.

by on Jul.25, 2017

Takata's faulty airbags claimed their 18th victim recently, the first fatality in Australia.

The recent death of an Australian man due to faulty Takata airbags brings the global total of deaths attributable to them to 18, although it was the first fatality in Australia.

Investigators told Reuters the man was struck in the neck by a small fragment of an airbag that was subject to recall. Takata’s airbag inflators can degrade over time, spraying metal shards around a vehicle when the airbag is deployed.

Safety News!

Honda officials said the accident was still under investigation and were not able to determine whether the airbag in question was an original model or a replacement. Takata did not respond to a request for comment. (more…)

Another 2.7 Million Defective Takata Airbags Recalled

Announcement comes a day after another death reported.

by on Jul.11, 2017

NHTSA forced Takata to recall 2.7 million vehicles due to faulty airbags.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has ordered Takata Corp. to order the recall of another 2.7 million potentially defective airbag inflators, a move that will cover vehicles sold by Ford, Mazda and Nissan.

Earlier this week, Honda reported the death of a 11th American caused by faulty Takata airbags. Worldwide, at least 18 have been killed, with another 180 known to have been injured. About 70 million airbags have been covered by recalls in the U.S., a figure that grows to more than 100 million worldwide.

News Now!

Takata declared bankruptcy last month, its assets sold to Detroit-based supplier Key Safety Systems. The move is expected to help speed up the production of replacement airbag inflators. A shortage of parts has meant extended wait times for many owners looking to get their vehicles repaired. (more…)

Honda Confirms 12th Takata Airbag Related Death in US

Japanese supplier’s airbags injured 180 globally.

by on Jul.10, 2017

Honda confirmed an 11th fatality in the U.S. related to Takata's faulty airbag inflators.

Even as it is tied up in bankruptcy, Takata’s legacy continues after Honda Motor Co. reported another death related to Takata’s faulty airbag inflators. It was the 12th fatality in the U.S. attributed to the airbags.

The latest death occurred in Flordia, according to Reuters, when a person was performing a repair on a 2001 Honda Accord when the airbag exploded. In all, 17 deaths and 180 injuries around the world have been reported as being tied to Takata’s airbags.

Safety News!

The airbags, which have inflators that exploded with too much force sending shrapnel into the cabin of the vehicle, have become the largest recall in U.S. history with more than 60 million vehicles subject to recall. Globally, the recall number is closer to 125 million. (more…)