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Thirteen Automakers Issue New Round of Takata Airbag Recalls

More than 652,000 vehicles involved in latest action.

by on Jan.19, 2017

Thirteen automakers issued recalls for 652,000 more vehicles with defective Takata airbags.

More than a dozen automakers are engaging in another round of recalls involving faulty Takata airbag inflators impacting more than 652,000 vehicles in the U.S.

The largest recall in U.S. history continued when Audi, Nissan, Jaguar-Land Rover, Subaru, Daimler Vans, Tesla, Mitsubishi, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes, Mazda, McLaren and Fisker issued recalls for front passenger inflators.

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Takata’s inflators degrade over time and can explode with too much force sending pieces of metal shrapnel flying into the vehicle cabin. More than a dozen people have been killed as a result with hundreds more injured. (more…)

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 Expected to Pay $1B as Part of Faulty Airbag Settlement

Ford recalls 816K vehicles just one day after Honda's action on 1.29 million.

by on Jan.12, 2017

The 2012 Ford Mustang is part of the latest recall of vehicles equipped with faulty Takata airbags.

Takata Corp. is going to pay $1 billion and plead guilty to fraud as part of a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, according to reports.

The deal completes the government’s criminal investigation into the Japanese auto supplier’s faulty airbags, which under certain conditions will explode spraying shrapnel into the cabin of the vehicle.

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More than 15 people globally – 11 in the U.S. – have died as a result of the airbags and hundreds have been injured. It is the largest automotive recall in history. (more…)

Honda’s Takata Problems Continue with Recall of 1.29M Vehicles

Automaker has now recalled 11.4 million vehicles with faulty Takata airbags.

by on Jan.11, 2017

The 2012 Honda Accord is just one of 1.29 million vehicles the automaker is recalling due to Takata airbags.

Honda announced it is recalling 1.29 million vehicles equipped with faulty Takata passenger front airbag inflators. The total includes 772,000 additional Honda and Acura vehicles not previously recalled.

As usual, the repairs will be made at no cost to the owner. Additionally, no new driver front airbag inflators in Honda or Acura automobiles will be subject to recall in this action, as all potentially affected driver inflators are already subject to prior recalls.

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However, some vehicles previously repaired under earlier driver front inflator recalls will now require replacement of those vehicles’ passenger front inflators under this new action. Notices for this action will be mailed out in late February. (more…)

Justice Department Set to Smack Takata With $1B Fine

New fine was impact recall efforts.

by on Dec.29, 2016

Takata appears to be ready to accept a $1 billion settlement on criminal charges from the Department of Justice.

Takata may be moving to close another chapter in its troubled history with defective airbags by agreeing to a $1 billion criminal settlement.

The deal with the Justice Department, according to the Wall Street Journal, would not halt the ongoing recall efforts. The Japanese supplier is expected to plead guilty to a variety of charges as part of the deal.

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It is part of the largest automotive recall in history, involving about 42 million vehicles and more than 64 million faulty airbags. (more…)

GM Allowed to Delay Takata Airbag Recall

Feds give time to Detroit maker to prove its bags used safer design.

by on Nov.22, 2016

General Motors received a reprieve from recalling 2.5 million vehicles with Takata airbags.

Federal regulators have given General Motors a temporary reprieve, allowing it time to prove that the Takata airbags used in 2.5 million vehicles, including the popular Chevrolet Silverado pickup, use a unique and safe design and thus don’t need to be recalled.

Ultimately, GM could be allowed to halt several other recalls involving Takata airbags, a move that could affect 6.8 million vehicles, in the process saving the automaker about $870 million, according to documents it filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Faulty Takata airbags have so far been linked to at least 11 deaths in the U.S. and 16 worldwide. That has led to the recall of about 100 million vehicles globally, according to industry estimates, half of them in the United States. (more…)

Troubled Airbag Supplier May Soon File for Bankruptcy

More than 15 dead, as many as 100 million vehicles recalled due to faulty airbags.

by on Nov.03, 2016

With skyrocketing costs and declining revenues, Takata appears to be headed for a bankruptcy filing.

Facing major costs and declining revenues as a result of its ongoing airbag problems, Japanese auto supplier Takata is reportedly getting ready to file for bankruptcy.

The parts maker is still looking for alternatives, but has been stymied, so far, in efforts to find a white knight buyer and may have no alternatives, especially as major customers press Takata to take the bankruptcy route, according to a report by the Japanese business newspaper Nikkei.

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“The primary collective goal is assessing all bids and reaching a resolution that is in the best interests of all our stakeholders while promoting public safety and enabling Takata to remain a viable and valued global supplier to the automotive industry,” the supplier said in a statement Thursday. (more…)

Takata Airbag Death Toll Rises to 11

California woman is latest victim.

by on Oct.21, 2016

An 11th fatality due to Takata's faulty airbag inflators was confirmed by NHTSA and Honda.

The number of deaths in the U.S. tied directly to defective Takata airbag inflators has risen to 11 after a California woman’s driver-side airbag ruptured in her 2001 Honda Civic.

At least 16 deaths are now linked to the defect, which trigged the largest recall in automotive history: Nearly 100 million airbag inflators worldwide by more than a dozen automakers.

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The most recent U.S. fatality was confirmed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Honda. The 50-year-old woman died after sustaining severe injuries during a Sept. 30 crash. The car was one of more than 300,000 model year 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles recalled due to the inflator issue. (more…)

NHTSA Reports Show Hundreds of Takata Airbags Ruptured

Testing shows more than 650 airbag inflators ruptured.

by on Sep.26, 2016

More than 650 Takata airbags exploded during tests after they were pulled from vehicles that were part of the recall.

New testing results revealed that more than 650 Takata-produced airbag inflators ruptured after being pulled from vehicles as part of the largest recall in automotive history.

According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week, 660 inflators pulled from 245,000 vehicles ruptured when undergoing additional testing. The inflators have been linked to as many as 15 deaths globally and more than 100 serious injuries.

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The recalls are being performed in waves with the oldest vehicles involved being part of the first round of replacements. The inflators degrade over time so older vehicles get priority in the recall. (more…)

Truck Carrying Takata Airbags Explodes, Killing One, Injuring Four

Supplier’s inflators already blamed for 14 deaths.

by on Aug.29, 2016

A drone image shows the scene of a Takata truck explosion. Photo courtesy Jalopnik.com.

A 69-year-old woman was killed as the result of a crash and subsequent explosion involving a truck carrying airbag inflators and the explosive ammonium nitrate used in those devices that was bound for a Takata Corp. warehouse in Eagle Pass, Texas.

Takata is the Japanese airbag supplier whose faulty inflators have so far been blamed for at least 14 deaths worldwide. That has triggered the recall of about 50 million inflators in the U.S. and more than 100 million worldwide.

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The incident occurred last week on U.S. Highway 277 not far from the Southern Texas Takata plant when the truck, operated by a contractor, was involved in a crash. The driver, 20-year-old Mario Alberto Rodriguez, and a passenger were able to escape before the vehicle caught fire and exploded. But the inferno that touched off damaged or destroyed a number of nearby homes, including one in which victim Lucila Robles was living.

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