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South Floridians Urged to Address Unrepaired Takata Airbags Immediately

Concerned about the number of unrepaired Takata airbags in high-risk cars, federal auto regulators have issued an urgent plea to South Florida motorists, some of whom remain at an exceptionally high risk of injury or death. Defective Takata airbags have inflator mechanisms that rely on ammonium nitrate to create a chemical reaction that fills airbags in a crash. The chemical compound, however, is extremely volatile and grows increasingly unstable as it ages, especially in areas with a humid climate. As a result, the Takata airbags may deploy with deadly force, blasting car occupants with metal shrapnel in much the same ... Read More

Takata Airbags Claim Another Life In Malaysia, Honda Confirms

Honda confirmed on Friday, June 1, that a faulty Takata airbag killed another person in Malaysia last week, bringing the number of Malaysians killed by exploding Takata airbags to seven and the global toll to at least 23. According to Reuters, the Japanese automaker said the latest death occurred in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, May 27, when a Takata airbag exploded inside a 2004 Honda City vehicle. Few more details were given about the case, which comes exactly five months since the last Takata airbag-related death was confirmed in Malaysia Jan. 1. All of the remaining ... Read More

Automakers Miss Takata Airbag Repair Deadline

The deadline for automakers to replace recalled Takata airbags has long passed, yet millions of cars with the potentially deadly devices remain on the road. In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) set a target date for recalled Takata airbags to be replaced by the end of 2017, yet 42 percent of the recalled repairs haven’t been made. The missed deadline prompted NHTSA acting director Heidi King to send a letter to all automakers affected by the recall. “I am deeply concerned that, despite this progress, millions more vehicles with defective Takata airbag inflators remain on the roads,” ... Read More

Honda, Feds Investigating Teen’s Honda Entrapment Death

Honda Motor Co. is working with federal and local authorities in probing the accidental death of a Cincinnati teen who suffocated after becoming pinned by a bench seat in his Odyssey minivan April 10. Kyle Plush, 16, was initially well enough to call 911 after he became stuck in the third-row bench seats of the 2004 Honda minivan. He warned the emergency dispatcher that he felt he would die unless someone found him soon. Kyle had kneeled on the third-row seat so he could reach into the very back of the vehicle to retrieve his tennis gear. The bench seat ... Read More

Honda Confirms Takata Airbag Kills Sixth Person in Malaysia

A defective Takata airbag has been blamed for the death of another driver in Malaysia, Honda Malaysia said in a statement Jan. 30. The latest fatality brings the Takata airbag death toll in the Southeast Asian nation to six and the global toll to 22. Honda said the driver-side Takata airbag inflator ruptured inside a 2004 Honda City vehicle. The passenger-side airbag also deployed in the collision and functioned properly. The crash occurred on New Year’s Day in the central part of Sengalor state, the Japanese automaker said. All of the Takata deaths in Malaysia have occurred in 2003-2009 Honda ... Read More

Florida Woman Killed By Takata Airbag Should Have Survived Crash

A Takata airbag that deployed with lethal force killed a Florida woman in a July 19 collision that she should have survived, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a report released Jan. 17 and obtained by the Associated Press. Nichol Barker, 34, of Holiday, Florida, died July 19 when her 2002 Honda Accord collided with a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am driven by a 19-year-old male who had made a left turn in front of Ms. Barker’s vehicle. Ms. Barker was driving about 30 mph when her Honda Accord struck the Trans Am. Her 10-year-old son, 5-year-old daughter, and mother were ... Read More

Takata Airbag Recall Expanded By 3.3 Million U.S. Vehicles

Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata is adding 3.3 million airbag inflators to its already mammoth recall over concerns the devices are prone to explode and blast metal fragments at vehicle occupants. Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) does not specify what vehicles are affected by the latest Takata airbag recall, owners can see if their vehicle is subject to the recall by entering the 17-character vehicle identification number (VIN) into the NHTSA’s recall portal. According to Consumer Reports, this latest Takata airbag recall actually encompasses three separate recalls affecting vehicles made in a specific model year by particular automakers and ... Read More

Honda Confirms 20th Takata Airbag Death

Honda has confirmed that a Takata airbag in a 2004 Honda Civic exploded and killed a person in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, making it the 20th death worldwide linked to defective Takata airbag inflators. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) officials examined the Honda Civic on Tuesday, Dec. 19 and confirmed that the drivers-side Takata airbag blew apart and caused the person’s death. Neither Honda nor NHTSA released much specific information about the latest deadly Takata airbag explosion. The details they did provide are that the crash occurred on July 10, 2017 and that the airbag at fault had been salvaged ... Read More

Vehicles With Soy-Based Wiring May Attract Hungry Rodents

As the weather turns cooler, some car owners are finding that their Honda and Toyota vehicles have become a bed and breakfast for mice and other rodents, thanks to the use of soy-based wiring. Rodent damage in the electrical systems of Honda and Toyota vehicles containing soy-based wiring – wires with an environmentally friendly soy-based outer coating, that is – is not a new problem, but it is a persistent one. Some owners of vehicles with the specially coated wiring say it attracts rodents to nest in their vehicles and feed on the soy wiring. Lisa Barrett told Raleigh-Durham’s WRAL ... Read More

Takata Airbag Class Settlements Get Final Approval

A $741-million settlement resolving consumer class actions against BMW, Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota for dangerously defective Takata airbag the automakers used in their vehicles has been granted final approval. U.S. District Court Judge Federico A. Moreno in Florida approved the settlements on Nov. 1. The four automakers are the first to exit sweeping multidistrict litigation (MDL) over consumer economic-loss claims stemming from Takata airbags, which prompted the largest auto safety recall in U.S. history. The settlements were initially announced in May, with Toyota agreeing to pay $278.5 million. BMW of North America agreed to pay $131 million to resolve the ... Read More