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Takata Airbag Update: NHTSA Adds 1.7 Million Vehicles to Recall

The U.S. government added an additional 1.7 million vehicles from seven different automakers to the Takata airbag recall as part of its continuing push to repair volatile airbags that can deploy with lethal force. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is managing the monstrous recall, added vehicles made by BMW, Daimler Vans, Ferrari, Mercedes, Subaru, Tesla, and Volkswagen. In its year-end report on the recall, NHTSA said that automakers have recalled 50.36 million Takata airbag units to date. Of those, 27.2 million were replaced, leaving more than 23 million unrepaired. The Takata airbag recalls collectively form the largest ... Read More

Texas Woman Suffers Eye Injury When Takata Airbag Deploys In Honda Fender Bender

A South Texas woman says she suffered eye damage when a minor low-speed fender bender caused the Takata airbag inside her 2012 Honda Civic to deploy with violent force. Mary Lou Rodriguez, a resident of the Rio Grande Valley city of Harlingen, Texas, told LawyersAndSettlements.com that she was driving her Honda in her neighborhood no more than 15 mph when she clipped a parked truck. Although the impact was slight, it triggered the airbags in her Honda. Ms. Rodriguez said there was a loud bang and she was forcefully thrust backward into her seat when the airbag deployed. “I was ... Read More

30,000-Plus Floridians At Serious Risk Of Takata Airbag Injury, Officials Warn

Florida and Honda officials sent out a special warning to motorists last week urging owners of certain 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles to immediately refrain from driving the cars unless it’s to a Honda dealership to have the Takata airbags replaced. “It is extremely important that Floridians know that certain 2001-2003 model Honda and Acura vehicles equipped with Takata airbag inflators are causing serious injuries or death as a result of an inflator rupture. These need to be replaced ASAP,” said Honda in a news release on Monday. The warning echoes an earlier notice the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ... Read More

Hundreds of Takata’s Recalled Airbag Inflators Explode During Testing

Hundreds of airbag inflators made by Takata and taken out of recalled airbag units ruptured during laboratory testing, further demonstrating the threat to motorists posed by the faulty devices. According to Bloomberg, documents released Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that during testing, 660 of the 245,000 recalled airbag inflators exploded during testing. A consent decree Takata signed last year with NHTSA officials required the Tokyo-based supplier to disclose test findings. The faulty airbag inflators have been blamed for at least 15 deaths worldwide, most of which were in the U.S., and more than 100 injuries. The ... Read More

NYT Report: Automakers Helped Takata Create Airbag Crisis

Automakers facing costly recalls and lawsuits stemming from Takata airbags are not victims of the Japanese auto supplier’s engineering blunders as much as they are co-conspirators in a push to boost profits at the expense of safety, according to a New York Times report. On Friday, the New York Times published a story investigating how the road to Takata’s deadly airbag crisis was forged nearly 20 years ago, and it’s a story that would not have been possible if it weren’t for auto industry executives who chose to ignore safety risks associated with the new, cheaper airbags being made by ... Read More

Takata Expands Airbag Recall to Include 35-40 Million additional Vehicles

Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata expanded its recall of defective airbags by at least 35 million additional units Wednesday, turning what was the largest automotive recall in U.S. history into the largest U.S. recall period. The expanded recall more than doubles the number of potentially deadly airbags that were previously recalled over fears that their ammonium nitrate-based inflators could cause the airbags to deploy in circumstances where they shouldn’t and with deadly force. The defective airbags have been linked to 11 deaths in the U.S. and one in Malaysia in addition to hundreds of injuries, caused by fragments of the airbag’s ... Read More

Woman Paralyzed By Takata Airbag Injuries In 2014 Dies

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. — A Jacksonville, Fla., woman who sued Japanese auto supplier Takata after her airbag exploded with excessive force and left her paralyzed has died from her injuries. Patricia Mincey is now believed to be the 11th person in the U.S. to die from injuries caused by defective Takata-made airbags, which may have hypersensitive inflators that deploy the airbags too forcefully, often exploding and spraying car occupants with metal shrapnel. Ms. Mincey was driving her 2001 Honda Civic in Jacksonville in June 2014 when she ran a red light and collided with another vehicle. What should have been a ... Read More

Texas Teen Becomes Tenth Takata Airbag Victim; Family Says No Recall Notices Received

The family of a Texas teenager whose death became the 10th in the U.S. linked to defective Takata airbags, said they never received a recall notice from Honda and did not know that the airbags in the victims’ 2002 Honda Civic could explode with deadly force. Huma Hanif, 17, of Fort Bend, Texas, died  on the afternoon of March 31 after she rear-ended the car in front of her at the intersection of FM 762 and Gonyo Lane in Richmond, Texas. What should have been a minor fender-bender turned deadly when the minor impact caused the Takata airbag in her 2002 ... Read More

BMW, Fiat Chrysler join automakers expanding Takata airbag recalls

BMW and Fiat Chrylser Automobiles announced this week they are expanding Takata airbag recalls to include more of their vehicles. The automakers join Ford, Nissan and Honda in widening the scope of the recall, which involves a potentially deadly airbag defect. The inflator in the Takata airbags may malfunction, causing the airbag to inflate with excessive force, literally exploding and sending bits of shrapnel into the automobile cabin. The defect has been linked to at least five deaths and multiple injuries. Tokyo-based Takata is one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers. It manufactures airbags, safety belts, steering wheels and other ... Read More

Feds order Takata to hand over exploding airbag communications, documents

The National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) ordered Japanese automotive supplier Takata Corp. to hand over internal documents by December 1 and answer questions under oath about the defective airbags it made for installation in millions of vehicles. Takata’s airbags, which 10 auto manufacturers have installed in more than 17 million vehicles worldwide, are prone to deploy with excessive force, blasting metal fragments into the car’s interior. The defective devices have been linked to at least four deaths and several injuries. NHTSA regulators have been investigating Takata’s defective airbags since June, focusing on the inflator mechanisms in airbags made from 2000 to ... Read More