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NHTSA Calls Up Next Round Vehicles with Takata Airbags

New set includes 3.3 million airbags.

by on Jan.18, 2018

Now 21 people are known to have died due to faulty Takata airbag inflators.

The next round of vehicles needing to have faulty Takata airbags repaired have been released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is now overseeing the repair process.

The current set includes models from 14 different automakers that are being recalled. The automakers in this round include: Ford, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Daimler Vans, Toyota, Tesla, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Mazda, Subaru, Jaguar-Land Rover, McLaren and Volkswagen.

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Toyota, Ford and Honda released some of their models last week. (more…)

Less Than Half of Potentially Deadly Takata Airbags Replaced

Just 43% of the dangerous airbag units changed.

by on Nov.20, 2017

As many as 19 people are known to have died due to faulty Takata airbag inflators.

Despite a variety of efforts to inform owners of vehicles equipped with deadly Takata airbags to replace the defective components, only 43% of cars and trucks have been repaired.

According to a new report on the progress of the repairs, less than half of the more than 42 million vehicles and 69 million airbags subject to recalls have been fixed. The recalls began more than 15 years ago, but the most significant push began three years ago.

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On average, 75% of vehicles with recalls are repaired within 18 months of the action being issued.  (more…)

Takata Airbag Recall Effort Sputtering

Less than 35 percent of airbags replaced, politician says.

by on Jun.02, 2017

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) is prodding automakers to accelerate the pace of Takata airbag repairs.

Despite concerted efforts to double and production of replacements, less than 35% of vehicle owners with Takata’s potentially explosive airbag inflators have managed to completed the needed repairs on their vehicles.

Senator Bill Nelson of Florida said just 15.8 million inflators of 46.2 million recalled inflators were repaired through mid-May. Nelson said his figures came from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration independent monitor.

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The recall began in 2015 after it was determined that the ignition materials may degrade over time and in certain instances explode, sending pieces of plastic and metal debris into the vehicle cabin. More than 15 deaths and 150 injuries worldwide have been tied to the inflators. (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…)

Hidden Killers? What Happens When Airbags Age?

Federal regulators worried that safety systems could fail -- or worse -- on older vehicles.

by on Jul.21, 2015

A Takata airbag after a crash. The supplier hasn't been able to pinpoint the problem causing the airbags to explode.

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They’ve been called one of the most important safety technologies ever developed, but there’s growing concern that as airbags age they could become a major threat to the safety of millions of American motorists.

Nearly a dozen different automakers have so far recalled more than 40 million vehicles around the world due to faulty airbags produced by Japan’s Takata Corp. that have been blamed for at least eight deaths and 100s of injuries. But as NHTSA launches an investigation into the supplemental restraint system provided by a second supplier, the nation’s top automotive safety regulator told TheDetroitBureau.com that he’s worried the problem could be far more widespread.

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“Cars are lasting on the road a lot longer than ever before,” said Mark Rosekind, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during a visit to Detroit. “Is aging now an issue? That’s part of the investigation going on.”

And it’s taking on increased urgency as automotive regulators, safety advocates and industry officials begin to question whether a technology designed to save lives can, over time, become a threat to life and limb.

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Takata Officials Expected to be Grilled at Congressional Hearing

Lawmakers likely to demand answers to tough questions.

by on May.27, 2015

Takata's Hiroshi Shimizu is likely to face some hostile questions if he's called to testify before lawmakers next week in Washington D.C.

Takata’s recent acquiescence to federal regulators pushing the supplier to declare 33.8 million airbags defective likely won’t be enough to save the company’s executives from another appearance before U.S. lawmakers.

The hearing aims to provide officials with an update on how the problem with the airbags, which have caused largest single recall in U.S. history, is going to be resolved and when. It’s expected that officials from Takata, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other Transportation officials will make appearances.

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While who specifically will be called to testify before the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee, which is part of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, isn’t yet known, when the hearing convenes in Washington D.C. on Tuesday it’s a safe bet, Takata officials will face some harsh questioning. (more…)

Takata Ramping Up Replacement Airbag Production

Component maker aiming to increase production to 900k monthly.

by on Feb.11, 2015

Takata is pushing to double its current output of replacement inflators by September to 900,000 monthly at its plant in Mexico.

Takata recently ramped up its production of replacement inflators for its recalled airbags by 50 percent to 450,000 units a month. The company is now looking to double that number by this fall.

The Japanese airbag maker has been forced to recall tens of millions of airbags globally because they may inflators may explode upon activation sending shrapnel in to the cabin possibly injuring or killing passengers in the car.

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The airbags have been attributed to at least five deaths and dozens of injuries in the U.S. (more…)

Former Takata Exec Indicted in Seatbelt Price-Fixing Scam

Honda using new airbag supplier for next-gen Accord in the US

by on Jan.26, 2015

More turmoil at Takata.

Takata Corp. just received two belts of bad news: one of its former executives will face criminal charges in the U.S. and its biggest customer is cutting back on its business with the supplier.

Federal prosecutors obtained one-count indictment against Hiromu Usuda, charging him with conspiring to rig bids and fix the prices of seatbelts that Takata sold to Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Mazda Motor Corp., the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

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The indictment is a result of a four-year probe conducted by the U.S. and Japanese governments as well as the European Union. Takata executives have also pled guilty to other charges and paid hefty fines in connection with the price fixing investigation, which has also involved several other suppler companies that part to American and Japanese auto parts manufacturers operating in the U.S. (more…)

Shake-Up at Takata – But Supplier Still Resisting All-in Recall

President steps aside; chairman takes over. Execs take pay cuts

by on Dec.24, 2014

More turmoil at Takata.

Embattled Japanese airbag supplier Takata is shaking up its top management team – even as top managers take pay cuts of as much as 50%.

But the company is so far maintaining its position that there is no need to expand the recall of airbags linked to a potentially deadly problem that can result in the devices spewing shrapnel into the passenger compartment after a crash.

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As part of the shake-up, Takata Corp. President Stefan Stocker will step aside, his duties being assumed by Chairman Shigehisa Takada, heir to the founders of the company. Stocker will remain a member of the Takata board.

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Honda Admits Under-reporting Crash Deaths, Injuries

“We acknowledge the problem,” says senior executive.

by on Nov.25, 2014

Honda's safety problems mount.

The recall scandal continues to rock the auto industry with new and damaging revelations.

The latest company to have its reputation seriously smeared is Japanese automaker Honda, which admits it failed to file more than 1,700 accident reports with federal safety regulators as required by law.

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“At Honda, we acknowledge this problem as our management responsibility,” said Rick Schostek, executive vice president of Honda North America.

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