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Fiat Chrysler Adds 1.6 Million Vehicles to Takata Airbag Recall

Fiat Chrysler has added another 1.6 million vehicles worldwide to its Takata airbag recall list, becoming the third major automaker to expand its recall of airbag inflators that can trigger deadly explosions. Most of the vehicles included in this latest recall – 1.4 million – are in the U.S., the automaker said.  They cover the front passenger-side airbags in the following models: 2010-2016 Jeep Wrangler SUV 2010 Ram 3500 pickup and 4500/5500 Chassis Cab trucks 2010 and 2011 Dodge Dakota pickup 2010-2014 Dodge Challenger muscle car 2011-2015 Dodge Charger sedan 2010-2015 Chrysler 300 sedan According to the Associated Press, U.S. ... Read More

Canadians sue Takata over exploding airbags; giant class-action likely

Canadian motorists with vehicles affected by a global airbag recall are taking legal action against Japan-based automotive supplier Takata, seeking billions of dollars in general and punitive damages over airbags that allegedly contain faulty inflator mechanisms that can cause them to deploy with excessive force or explode, spraying vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel. Three separate class-action lawsuits potentially representing hundreds of thousands of Canadian drivers have been filed in Canadian courts. A fourth Canadian law firm will reportedly file an additional class action in the coming weeks. All of the lawsuits must be certified by a judge, after which they ... Read More

Lawmakers target Takata, NHTSA, automakers with scathing inquiries into exploding airbags

Federal auto safety regulators have again fallen under sharp criticism for their handling of exploding air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata. The defective airbags, which have been installed in millions of U.S. vehicles, are prone to deploying with excessive force, blasting metal shrapnel through the vehicle’s interior, sometimes with deadly consequences. On Thursday Senators Richard Blumental (D-CT) and Edward Markey (D-Mass) planned to send “a sternly worded letter,” The New York Times reported, scolding the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for its lackadaisical handling of the Takata airbag recalls. Specifically, the lawmakers want to know why NHTSA is ... Read More

Honda stripping customers of legal recourse in event of ‘exploding airbag’ injury

Anyone who wants to buy certain used 2001-2011 Honda and Acura vehicles at a Honda dealership will now be required to sign a document agreeing to let Honda off the hook in the event the vehicle’s airbag explodes, maiming or killing the vehicle’s occupants. Honda is one of several carmakers recalling vehicles over faulty airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata. These airbags have the potential to explode even in very low-impact bumps, such as a fender bender, due to a faulty moisture-sensitive inflator that can cause the airbag to burst into the vehicle cabin with excessive force. And the word ... Read More