Panel: Takata Lacks Quality Control Processes, Policies For Addressing Defects

Panel: Takata Lacks Quality Control Processes, Policies For Addressing Defects

An independent review panel hired by Takata — the company behind the ongoing recall of millions of defective, potentially dangerous, airbags — found that the parts maker lacks processes to improve the quality of its products, or to adequately address problems in its devices once they are installed in vehicles.
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More Cars Could Be Added To Massive Takata Airbag Recall

More Cars Could Be Added To Massive Takata Airbag Recall

Five months after lowering the number of vehicles recalled due to shrapnel-shooting Takata airbags, federal regulators are bracing to once again revise that figure upward, adding more vehicles to the years-long airbag defect list.  [More]

Trial Starts In First GM Ignition Switch Defect Civil Lawsuit

Trial Starts In First GM Ignition Switch Defect Civil Lawsuit

The first of six planned civil trials involving General Motors’ faulty ignition switches that resulted in at least 124 deaths is slated to start today in a federal court in New York City. [More]

Mazda Adds 374,000 Vehicles To Takata Airbag Recall List

Mazda Adds 374,000 Vehicles To Takata Airbag Recall List

Weeks after federal regulators announced that additional vehicles would be added to the long list of those affected by Takata’s airbag defect, Mazda recalled 374,000 automobiles in the U.S.  [More]

Senators Question Takata’s Ability To Complete Recall Replacement Amid Fines, Lost Customers

Senators Question Takata’s Ability To Complete Recall Replacement Amid Fines, Lost Customers

With Japanese auto parts maker Takata facing a $70 million fine from federal regulators, and car manufacturers ditching the company’s airbags, lawmakers urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to ensure the company is able to complete the repairs to millions of vehicles in the event it files for bankruptcy.  [More]

Nissan Joins List Of Automakers Dumping Takata’s Ammonium Nitrate Airbags

Nissan Joins List Of Automakers Dumping Takata’s Ammonium Nitrate Airbags

Takata lost yet another customer over the weekend, as Nissan announced it would no longer use ammonium nitrate filled airbags produced by the Japanese parts maker.  [More]

Toyota Will Stop Using Takata’s Ammonium Nitrate Airbags

Toyota Will Stop Using Takata’s Ammonium Nitrate Airbags

The hits just keep coming for Japanese auto parts maker Takata. After being fined $70 million by regulators over the company’s failure to report airbag defects and losing its largest customer in Honda, Takata now has to say goodbye to some of Toyota’s business. [More]

Honda Discontinues Use Of Takata Airbags In New Models

Honda Discontinues Use Of Takata Airbags In New Models

After bearing the burnt of the Takata airbag defect, including the recall of millions of vehicles and having its models be responsible for all eight deaths linked to the safety devices, Honda says it will no longer use the company’s front-seat airbags.  [More]

Mazda Recalls 1.2M Vehicles Because Grease In The Ignition Can Cause A Fire

Mazda Recalls 1.2M Vehicles Because Grease In The Ignition Can Cause A Fire

If you have an older Mazda that still runs like a champ, listen up: the car company is recalling nearly 1.2 million vehicles made in the 1990s because of defective ignition switches.  [More]

Honda, Takata Sat On Commissioned Study Showing Chemical Could Cause Airbag Ruptures

Honda, Takata Sat On Commissioned Study Showing Chemical Could Cause Airbag Ruptures

While Takata’s shrapnel-shooting airbags have affected millions of vehicles from 11 automakers, Honda is perhaps the one car manufacturer that has felt the brunt of the deadly defect: not only has the company recalled millions of cars, its models have also been responsible for all eight deaths linked to the defect. And now, a new report suggests Honda and Takata kept quiet on a study that questioned the propellent used in the airbags for years.  [More]

Takata Recall Likely To Expand Beyond 11 Automakers Currently Affected

Takata Recall Likely To Expand Beyond 11 Automakers Currently Affected

Just two days before regulators are set to hold yet another public meeting regarding options to speed up replacement of defective shrapnel-shooting, Takata-produced airbags linked to eight deaths and hundreds of injuries, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed it would likely expand the recall beyond the 11 automakers already involved.  [More]

Small Number Of 2015 GM Vehicles Added To Massive Airbag Recall

Small Number Of 2015 GM Vehicles Added To Massive Airbag Recall

With some 19 million vehicles already recalled for airbags that could explode and shoot deadly shrapnel at passengers, a few hundred more might seem inconsequential.  But the latest General Motors cars added to the massive ongoing recall of vehicles with Takata airbags are the first from model year 2015. [More]

Toyota Reportedly Set To Buy 13 Million Airbag Inflators From Takata’s Rival

Toyota Reportedly Set To Buy 13 Million Airbag Inflators From Takata’s Rival

Automakers have struggled in recent months to get their hands on enough new parts to replace millions of defective Takata airbags. To make matters worse, the Japanese auto parts maker at the center of the massive safety issue has re-recalled hundreds of thousands of replacement parts in recent months because the devices could still harm drivers and their passengers upon deployment. To reduce these risks, Toyota is reportedly looking to purchase millions of new airbag inflators from a rival of Takata.  [More]

At Least 124 People Died Because Of General Motors Ignition Defect

At Least 124 People Died Because Of General Motors Ignition Defect

One year after General Motors’ victim compensation fund began accepting death and injury claims related to its massive ignition switch issue and six months after the submission deadline, the carmaker announced it had completed its review. Now, instead of acknowledging just 13 deaths tied to the deadly defect, the car manufacture is admitting that 124 deaths – nearly 10 times the original tally – resulted from its failure to address the problematic switches in more than 2.59 millions of vehicles. [More]

Fiat Chrysler Recalls More Than 88,000 Challengers For Takata Airbag Defect

Fiat Chrysler Recalls More Than 88,000 Challengers For Takata Airbag Defect

Nearly a month after regulators announced they had identified all 33.8 million vehicles equipped with potential shrapnel-shooting Takata airbags, one auto maker says it’s not quite done, recalling about 88,000 more cars to the massive recall. [More]

Takata Nixes Idea Of Airbag Victim Compensation Fund, For Now

Takata Nixes Idea Of Airbag Victim Compensation Fund, For Now

Last month, in his first public address of the massive airbag defect linked to eight deaths and more than a hundred injuries, Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada announced the Japanese auto parts maker would consider the possibility of creating a victim compensation fund. Now, the company says such a fund is a no-go. [More]

Takata CEO Says Company Will Consider A Victim Compensation Fund

Takata CEO Says Company Will Consider A Victim Compensation Fund

Just days after Honda confirmed the eighth death linked to the ongoing recall of defective Takata airbags in millions of vehicles from nearly a dozen manufactures, the Japanese parts maker says it is considering the possibility of creating a victim compensation fund. [More]

Takata Confirms It Will Replace About 400,000 Previously “Fixed” Airbags

Takata Confirms It Will Replace About 400,000 Previously “Fixed” Airbags

Earlier this week Japanese auto part maker Takata announced it may have to call back some of the millions of airbags already replaced because they may still have a tendency to shoot shrapnel upon deployment. Today, the company released an estimated number of re-recalled airbags, to the tune of 400,000. [More]