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Honda Driver Dead After Another Takata Airbag Explosion In Malaysia

Honda Motor Co. said a driver died last week after a Takata airbag exploded during a crash in Malaysia, potentially raising the number of deaths directly caused by the faulty airbags to 16 worldwide. The latest incident occurred Sept. 24 in the southern Malaysian state of Johor and involved a 2009 Honda City. That particular model was part of a Takata airbag recall Honda initiated in Malaysia last year, but the recall repairs had not been performed on the vehicle. The passenger-side airbag did not rupture, Honda said. The Tokyo-based airbag manufacturer has recalled about 100 million airbag units around ... 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

Clint Eastwood’s Son Says Former Girlfriend Was Killed By Exploding Airbag

Scott Eastwood, the 30-year-old son of Clint Eastwood, opened up to GQ Australia about the accidental death of a girlfriend, who died from injuries caused by an exploding airbag. The accident and injuries sound eerily similar to many of those linked to Takata airbags. When GQ asked about the last time he cried, Eastwood replied: “I dated a girl a couple of years ago who died in a car accident. “The f***ed up thing is, it was a fender bender, and there was a recall on airbags. Her airbag exploded. It shot a projectile through her body. It split her ... Read More

Consumer Group Urges Takata Airbag Repairs With Video of Injured Driver

A public service announcement by watchdog group ConsumerWatch.com urging drivers to have the defective Takata airbags in their vehicles repaired features a man who lost an eye when the Takata airbag in his Honda Civic exploded in his face. The video focuses on 2001 and 2002 Honda vehicles with Takata airbags. Federal regulators issued an urgent advisory to consumers warning them not to drive their Hondas until they have taken them to a dealership for repairs. Corey Burdick, a Florida man who lost an eye when his Takata airbag exploded, blasting metal shrapnel at him, is seen on the video ... Read More

Honda Class Action Claims Rabbits, Rodents Have Appetite For Soy-Based Wiring

A federal class action lawsuit representing vehicle owners in three states claims soy-based electrical wire coatings have caused rats, mice, rabbits, and squirrels to munch on Honda engines like snacks, causing severe and costly damage. Lead plaintiff Daniel Dobbs, a Wyoming resident, and owners of Honda vehicles in Texas and Arizona sued Honda earlier this year for breach of warranty, alleging the biodegradable, food-based wire coatings Honda used in 2012-2015 model-year vehicles are defective in their design. The plaintiffs say Honda refuses to cover the repairs. Another plaintiff, Arizona resident Greg Delaney, took his ’14 Honda CrossTour to have wires ... Read More

Soy-Based Wire Coatings Turn Car Engines Into Rodent B&Bs

A growing number of consumer reports and complaints are raising concerns that automotive wiring made from soy and other biodegradable food-based materials is transforming car engines into the ultimate bed and breakfasts for rodents, usually causing extensive and costly damage. One Arizona resident told Phoenix’s KTVK that rats chowing down on the wires in her Toyota Prius have made life a nightmare. When her car stopped functioning, she discovered that rats had crawled through the engine compartment and gnawed through the car’s electronic wiring system. She had the Prius repaired to the tune of more than $8,000 out of pocket ... Read More

Takata airbag recall expands by another 12 million U.S. vehicles deemed to be high risk

More than 12 million U.S. vehicles have now been added to the infamous Takata airbag recall, further impacting eight automakers already overwhelmed by the company’s chaos. Takata’s defective airbag inflators contain a sensitive propellant known as ammonium nitrate that may degrade over time, especially in climates with high humidity. The ammonium nitrate can then force the airbag to inflate with deadly force, blasting metal shrapnel at the vehicle’s occupants. According to Reuters, Honda will be suffering the brunt of the latest recall expansion, putting another 4.5 million U.S. vehicles on its list. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling an additional 4.3 ... Read More

Two Deaths In Malaysia Likely Linked To Takata Airbags, Honda Announces

Honda Motor Company said Wednesday that two people in Malaysia have died in crashes involving faulty Takata airbags that deployed with excessive force. If medical authorities confirm the deaths to be the result of airbag injuries, they would raise the global death toll to 13. The deaths would also be the second and third linked to Takata airbags in Malaysia, following the death of a pregnant woman there on July 27, 2014. The other 10 deaths have occurred in the United States, and all but one of those have occurred in Honda cars. One of the recent Malaysia crashes occurred on ... 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