Takata To Double Airbag Replacement Production To 900,000 Kits By September

Takata To Double Airbag Replacement Production To 900,000 Kits By September

After facing increased scrutiny by federal regulators in recent weeks regarding an investigation into the massive airbag recall and lack of new safety devices, Japanese auto parts maker Takata announced it will double production of replacement airbags in the next six months. [More]

NHTSA Increases Intensity Of Takata Airbag Investigation, Orders Company To Preserve Safety Devices

NHTSA Increases Intensity Of Takata Airbag Investigation, Orders Company To Preserve Safety Devices

Federal regulators continue to put pressure on Takata Corporation to cooperate with a defective airbag investigation started last year. A week after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began fining the company $14,000 per day for failing to turn over documents and answer questions, the agency upgraded the investigation and ordered the company to preserve evidence. [More]

Takata To Be Fined $14K Per Day Until It Cooperates With Airbag Defect Investigation

Takata To Be Fined $14K Per Day Until It Cooperates With Airbag Defect Investigation

Officials with Japanese auto parts manufacturer Takata Corp. have continuously said they would assist U.S. regulators in their investigation regarding millions of potentially defective airbags that can spew pieces of shrapnel at passengers upon deployment. But the company doesn’t appear to be keeping its word and now faces a $14,000 per day fine until it hands over documents and other data pertinent to the investigation into airbags that have been linked to at least five deaths. [More]

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Jeep Recalls 228,000 Cherokees For Inadvertent Airbag Deployment

Less than a week after Chrysler recalled some 750,000 older model Jeep Grand Cherokees and Liberty SUVs for airbag issues, the car manufacturer is at it again, this time recalling 228,000 newer model vehicles for similar problems. [More]

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2.12 Million Honda, Toyota & Chrysler Vehicles Recalled Because Airbags Should Only Deploy In Crashes

Car manufacturers’ troubles with airbags have followed them into the new year, with three manufactures recalling approximately 2.12 million vehicles because the safety devices may deploy at the wrong time. [More]

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Toyota Recalls 57,000 Avalon, Prius Vehicles For Fire Risk, Airbag Deployment Issues

For the third time this week an automaker has recalled tens of thousands of vehicles because of a potential fire risk. In addition to recalling 52,000 sedans for wiring issues that could lead to a vehicle fire, Toyota is recalling 5,000 cars whose airbags may not deploy properly. [More]

Takata President, COO Steps Down To “Unify” Response To Massive Airbag Issues

Takata President, COO Steps Down To “Unify” Response To Massive Airbag Issues

Takata Corp., the auto parts supplier behind the airbags responsible for more than 20 million vehicle recalls, is apparently taking steps to “unify” its response to the massive safety issue by replacing its president and COO. [More]

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BMW Doesn’t Like Being The Last One Standing, Issues Nationwide Recall Of Cars With Defective Takata Airbags

Being the last one in line isn’t always the best feeling. That may have been the case for BMW after it was the last automaker to not issue a nationwide recall of vehicles equipped with Takata-produced airbags that may spew shrapnel at passengers upon deployment. Now, bowing to pressure from federal regulators, the manufacturer plans to recall some 140,000 cars from across the United States. [More]

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Fiat Chrysler Expands Takata Airbag Recall To 3.3M Across The United States

After months of pushing back, Fiat Chrysler is finally following the lead of other major automakers. Bowing to pressure from federal regulators, the company is massively expanding their recall of vehicles with potentially defective Takata airbags that have been linked to at least five deaths so far.

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Who Should Foot The Bill For Millions Of Repairs Because Of Defective Takata Airbags?

Who Should Foot The Bill For Millions Of Repairs Because Of Defective Takata Airbags?

So far this year, 10 automakers have recalled more than 19 million vehicles for potentially defective Takata airbags. While there’s no doubt that those vehicles must be repaired, a raging debate is beginning to form regarding just who should foot the bill for the millions of replacement airbags and loaner cars provided to affected customers. [More]

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Chrysler Expands Takata Airbag Recall By Nearly 209,000 Vehicles In Five Additional States, U.S. Territories

Hot off the heels of several automakers heeding regulators’ suggestion to initiate nationwide recalls of vehicles with Takata-produced airbags that may spew shrapnel at passengers upon deployment, Chrysler is following suit – kind of. [More]

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Honda, Mazda Move For National Recall Of Vehicles With Defective Takata Airbags

Nearly a month after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged automakers and parts manufacturer Takata to expand recalls of vehicles with airbags that may spew shrapnel at passengers upon deployment, Honda and Mazda have agreed to national recalls – although many specifics regarding the new recalls remain undetermined. [More]

Ford And Chrysler Expand Recalls Of Vehicles With Takata Airbags

Ford And Chrysler Expand Recalls Of Vehicles With Takata Airbags

Yesterday, airbag-maker Takata made a terrifying admission: the company has no idea exactly why its products have been spraying metal shards into motorists’ bodies when they deploy. The good news is that two more automakers have, with the encouragement of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, expanded their recall of vehicles containing Takata parts to those registered in more states. [More]

Takata First Investigated Reports Of Exploding Air Bags In 2003

Takata First Investigated Reports Of Exploding Air Bags In 2003

Airbag-maker Takata still will not issue a nationwide recall of all of its exploding, shrapnel-hurling car airbags, but the company has admitted (ahead of a Congressional investigation) that it has known about the issue and investigated possible problems with the airbag inflator since 2003. [More]

Hiroshi Shimizu, enior Vice President, Global Quality Assurance Takata Corporation, answered questions during a Senate committee hearing regarding defective airbags.

Takata “Deeply Sorry” To Those Affected By Defective Airbags, Still Reluctant On Nationwide Recall

In September 2013, Stephanie Erdman’s life changed forever when her 2002 Honda Civic collided with another vehicle on the way to a local grocery store in Florida. While Erdman’s passenger suffered only scrapes and bruises, she’s undergone a number of surgeries – with more to come – after being struck by shrapnel from her vehicle’s ruptured Takata airbag. Erdman’s story, and the graphic photos of her accident and injuries, took center stage Thursday morning during a Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation hearing addressing the airbag defects that have now been linked to at least five deaths. [More]

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NHTSA Pushes For National Recall Of Takata Airbags

In the past year, nearly 10 million vehicles have been recalled in areas of high humidity – generally the southern United States – related to defective Takata-produced airbags. That number could increase significantly now that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has urged the Japanese auto parts maker and car manufacturers to expand the recall to cover the entire United States. [More]

Takata Officials Say Company Is Subject Of Criminal Investigation Over Defective Airbags

Takata Officials Say Company Is Subject Of Criminal Investigation Over Defective Airbags

Japanese auto parts maker Takata, which already faces several lawsuits and investigations by U.S. regulators regarding its production of potentially defective airbags that have been linked to five deaths, is now the subject of a U.S. criminal investigation. [More]

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Takata, Honda Subjects Of Class-Action Lawsuit Over Alleged Secret Airbag Tests, Destroyed Documents

It was only a matter of time before Takata, the company responsible for the deadly airbag defect that resulted in nearly 16 million vehicles being recalled, faced a lawsuit regarding the company’s allegedly hidden tests of defective airbags and the years-long coverup that ensued. [More]