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GM Settles Two Ignition Switch Injury Lawsuits

Nearly two years after General Motors’ decades-long ignition switch defect came to light, the automaker continues to face hundreds of lawsuits. However, the company recently settled a pair of complaints that could set the tone for future litigation. [More]

Flaw In iPhone 6 Can Reportedly Render Some Devices Unusable

Flaw In iPhone 6 Can Reportedly Render Some Devices Unusable

If you’ve ever owned, borrowed, or simply looked at an iPhone, then you know the device works by responding to the user’s touch. Except when it doesn’t. And that’s apparently happening more and more for some iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners thanks in part to a flaw that can render the devices useless — or simply a $300 flat brick.  [More]

Mike Mozart

Class-Action Suit Accuses Honda Of Selling Acura Vehicles With Battery-Draining Defect

Connecting your phone to your vehicle via a Bluetooth link can make driving safer. But for thousands of Acura owners, they claim this convenience — a HandsFreeLink Bluetooth phone-pairing system — contains a defect, that results in dead car batteries and the need for frequent battery replacements. Today, those owners came together to file a class-action lawsuit against Honda, the maker of the vehicles. [More]

I Am Rob

84 Million Airbags Could Be Added To Recall If Takata Can’t Prove Inflators Are Safe

More than 28 million Takata airbags have already been recalled after they were found to deploy with such force that pieces of shrapnel shoot at drivers and passengers. Regulators now say that figure could increase by 84 million airbags if the Japanese auto parts maker can’t prove other inflators are safe.  [More]

Investigators: Deadly Takata Airbag Explosions Caused By Mix Of 3 Factors

Investigators: Deadly Takata Airbag Explosions Caused By Mix Of 3 Factors

For nearly a year, federal regulators and researchers have pointed the finger at the volatile chemical ammonium nitrate found in Takata-produced airbags as the reason the safety devices can rupture with such violence that pieces of shrapnel are sent flying at drivers and passengers. Today, a consortium of 10 automakers are expected to announce that the chemical is just one factor in the deadly defect.  [More]

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Volkswagen Begrudgingly Complied With Regulators’ Request For Takata Airbag Recall

Earlier this week, Volkswagen announced the recall of 840,000 Audi and VW-branded vehicles equipped with shrapnel-shooting Takata airbags. But according to documents recently posted by regulators, the already embattled carmaker resisted the safety initiative.  [More]

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]