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Toyota Recalling 5.8 Mil Vehicles After Latest Takata Airbag Death

Some Toyota vehicles being recalled for second time.

by on Oct.26, 2016

Among the many Toyota models affected by the latest recall, the Corolla is its best-seller.

The already record recall of faulty Takata airbags has grown even larger, Toyota Motor Corp. announcing today it will target nearly 6 million more of the devices, including some used in an earlier recall.

The announcement comes just days after it was revealed that an 11th American was killed in a crash due to faulty Takata airbag inflators that can rupture and spew shrapnel into the passenger compartment following a crash. At least four more people are known to have been killed in similar crashes overseas.

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U.S. safety regulators have so far ordered recalls covering an estimated 60 million or more vehicles using Takata airbags. The figure has now grown to about 100 million worldwide, according to transportation authorities.


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

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.


Toyota Recalling 3.4 Mil Prius Hybrids, Other Models

Worldwide effort targets airbags, faulty emissions systems.

by on Jun.29, 2016

A 2012 Toyota Prius. Some versions of the popular hybrid suffer from both of the defects.

Toyota Motor Co. will recall 3.37 million vehicles due to a series of safety and emissions problems, the world’s largest automaker announced on Wednesday.

The global service action includes 2.87 million vehicles with faulty emissions control units. A faulty airbag inflator was installed in 1.43 million cars. Some of the popular Toyota Prius hybrids suffer from both problems which is why the actual total number of vehicles affected by the recall comes in at 3.37 million.

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The airbag problem involves a faulty system that may partially inflate without a crash, creating the risk of injury. Toyota noted that the defective system was provided Autoliv, and not by Takata Corp., the Japanese airbag supplier now responsible for the largest recall in automotive history.


FCA to Stop Using Recall-Targeted Takata Airbags

Jeep Wranglers will switch to newer airbags “by next week.”

by on Jun.21, 2016

New Jeep Wranglers will now use an updated version of the Takata airbags, at least for North America.

(This story has been updated.)

The last Jeep Wrangler to use potentially defective Takata airbags will roll down the assembly line next week – for the North American market, anyway.

Jeep parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was recently identified as one of four manufacturers still using airbags produced by Japanese supplier Takata in new vehicles due to a shortage of safer replacement parts. The other manufacturers identified by the Senate Commerce Committee include Mitsubishi, Toyota and Volkswagen.

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FCA said it will switch to a new airbag design, “by next week,” for vehicles sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. It will, however, continue to use the older Takata airbags in Jeep Wranglers shipped to other markets.

The suspect airbags currently are not on the list of active recalls ordered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – but they will be over the next several years.


Toyota Tells Dealers Not to Hide Future Takata Recalls

Several makers continue using defective airbags due to shortage of new inflators.

by on Jun.13, 2016

The Toyota 4Runner is one of the models the maker builds still using the suspect Takata airbags.

Stung by critics who revealed it is still using potentially defective Takata airbags in some of its new products, Toyota has told U.S. dealers they must disclose to buyers which vehicles will be subject to recall by 2018.

At least four automakers have continued using Takata inflators in some of their vehicles because of a shortage of new airbags using a safer design. The shortage has created a major problem for the industry, delaying repairs and forcing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to announce a phased recall of additional Takata airbags.

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Senator Bill Nelson, the Florida Democrat who disclosed the problem last month, has been urging automakers, at the least, to disclose when they sell vehicles that will ultimately be subject to a known recall over the next two years.


Increasingly Desperate Takata Seeking Financial Bailout

Japanese airbag supplier planning to restructure, find new investors.

by on May.26, 2016

NHTSA recently added 40 million airbags to the recall.

Blamed for the largest safety recall in automotive history and facing potentially billions of dollars in legal and repair costs, embattled Japanese supplier Takata is reportedly exploring ways to restructure and bring in new investors.

Industry sources say that without new funding, Takata may no longer be viable. That could leave customers ranging such as General Motors, Daimler and Toyota stuck with the entire bill for replacing tens of millions of faulty airbags. It could also force nearly 20 manufacturers who have used Takata’s suspect airbag inflators to go searching for new sources of replacement parts.

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“The committee strongly believes that it is in the best interests of all Takata stakeholders for Takata and its automotive customers to reach a consensual resolution that addresses the costs of the inflator issues while enabling Takata to remain a viable and valued global supplier to the automotive industry,” Hideaki Sudo, a lawyer in Tokyo heading Takata’s new steering committee, said in a statement.


Toyota, FCA Recall About 2 Mil Vehicles for Faulty Airbags

Takata defect not the only problem.

by on May.24, 2016

The 2010 Lexus GX is part of the most recent airbag-related recall for Toyota.

Nearly 2 million more vehicles are being recalled by Toyota and Fiat Chrysler due to a series of airbag problems, the vast majority of them involving defective Takata airbag inflators.

Designed to enhance crash safety, airbags have become a major headache for automakers around the world due to design and manufacturing issues. The Takata problem alone has already become the largest recall in U.S. automotive history, impacting as many as 20 different automakers.

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The largest of the two new recalls involves 1.6 million Toyota vehicles equipped with Takata airbags. The service action affects both the driver and passenger front airbags on vehicles as much as a decade old and sold through the Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. (more…)

Toyota Recalls 1.6 Mil Vehicles With Takata Airbags a Second Time

Affected vehicles may still be unsafe.

by on Nov.25, 2015

The latest recall covers, among its 22 models, an older version of the Toyota Corolla.

Concluding the vehicles may still be unsafe, Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 1.6 million vehicles equipped with Takata airbags that had been involved in an earlier recall.

The move echoes what happened at Nissan Motor Co. where a passenger was injured when a Takata airbag deployed improperly in a crash. That vehicle had also been involved in an earlier recall. There have been no reports of injuries involving the Toyota vehicles.

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The new Toyota recall covers 22 different models, including the popular Corolla, sold in Japan, as well as several European markets. No vehicles in the U.S. are involved in the new service action, though Takata airbags have so far led to the recall of nearly 20 million vehicles sold in the States.


Toyota Turns to Alternative Supplier for Takata Airbag Replacements

Move could reduce risk, ensure supply as demand surges for inflators.

by on Aug.21, 2015

Toyota has had more than 10 million vehicles impacted by the Takata recall so far.

With more than 33 million vehicles already subject to recall and mounting calls to recall millions more due to faulty Takata airbags, there is growing concern about getting replacements for defective airbag inflators.

That has prompted Toyota to turn to an alternative supplier for as many as 13 million of the explosive devices, according to a report by the Reuters news service which described it as “the most proactive yet” to ensure it can make necessary repairs.

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Takata airbag inflators have been linked to at least eight deaths and over 100 injuries in older vehicles produced by at least 11 manufacturers, including Toyota, Honda, General Motors and BMW. The explosive squibs are used to inflate an airbag when triggered by a crash, but some used in older vehicles have been over-inflating, sending plastic and metal shrapnel into the passenger compartment.


Toyota Adds 1.37 Mil to Takata Recall Roll

Maker now has 2.9 million vehicles affected.

by on Jun.17, 2015

Toyota recently added 1.37 million more vehicles to its list of vehicles recalled for faulty Takata airbags.

Automakers have been poring over their records in the last few weeks to ascertain which of their vehicles have faulty Takata airbags. Most have found and publicized which ones, but Toyota added another 1.37 million vehicles to its list.

The total number of Toyota vehicles in the U.S. with the potentially deadly airbags is now 2.9 million, the company said.

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On Monday, Honda announced it was recalling 1.39 million in the U.S. with faulty front passenger-side Takata airbags. The vehicles had previously been recalled for front driver-side airbags. (more…)