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Continental Automotive Systems announces 5M global airbag recall impacting many automakers

Continental Automotive Systems has announced a massive airbag recall encompassing approximately 5 million airbags across the globe. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recalled airbags feature inefficient electrical systems that may become corroded over time, thus causing them to either deploy unexpectedly or not deploy at all. From 2006 through 2010, the recalled Continental airbags were manufactured for a number of automakers’ vehicles, including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Honda, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Trucks (unrelated to the Volvo car company), Mazda, Kia and Mercedes-Benz. Honda has suffered the brunt of the recall damage, similar to its experience ... Read More

Four more car models added to Takata airbag recall list potentially adding “a few hundred thousand vehicles”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), four new models are being added to the Takata airbag recall. Compromised vehicles put occupants at risk from defective Takata airbag systems that are hypersensitive and may explode during a light collision, causing metal shrapnel to violently burst into the car’s interior. The following vehicles and model years are now added to the Takata recall list: 2005-2008 Mazda6 2002-2004 Honda CR-V 2005-2008 Subaru Legacy 2005-2008 Subaru Outback NHTSA spokesman Gordon Trowbridge believes the new additions to the recall list will increase the total by “a few hundred thousand;” however, “the math here is fairly ... Read More

Eighth U.S. Death Blamed on Exploding Takata Airbag

A 13-year-old boy from Pennsylvania who was killed in a July crash near Pittsburgh, Penn., is the eighth U.S. fatality linked to defective airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata, which have been recalled in millions of vehicles worldwide for their potential to explode with deadly force. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the boy was killed in an early morning crash that occurred in a 2001 Honda Accord coupe, one of the vehicles that had been recalled for Takata airbags that contain a faulty inflator. A Pennsylvania State Police report of the crash indicates the minor was ... Read More

Senate report finds Takata paused quality checks at its airbag plants

Takata Corporation refutes the findings of a Senate report that found the Japanese company suspended its quality control audits for two years to keep its costs down, a year after Honda announced its first safety recall of vehicles equipped with Takata’s defective airbags that were prone to explode. Senator Bill Nelson, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee, released his staff report ahead of a panel hearing that called together officials from the Japanese supplier, Honda, Fiat and Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to testify on the defective airbags. Takata, a major airbag ... Read More

Takata airbag recall expands to include another 1.4M Toyota vehicles

Another Takata airbag recall expansion was just announced by Toyota, confirming an additional 1.4 million vehicles may feature deadly airbags that could explode on impact. According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Toyota is expanding its recall after Takata agreed to double the size of its airbag recall to 33.8 million last month, making it the largest auto recall in United States history. The Toyota vehicles included in the latest Takata airbag recall expansion include the following:  2003-07 Corolla and Matrix, 2006 Tundra, 2005-07 Sequoia and 2003-07 Lexus SC430 convertible. The suspected issue with the Takata airbags continues to be ... Read More

Takata airbag defect claims seventh victim

An airbag made by Japanese supplier Takata caused the death of a Louisiana woman whose 2005 Honda Civic crashed in April, Honda America has confirmed, bringing to seven the number of fatalities linked to Takata’s defective airbags. Twenty-two-year-old Kylan Rae Langlinais of Lafayette, La., died on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at Lafayette General Medical Center from injuries she received from the Takata airbag, which exploded when her vehicle crashed April 5. The airbag rupture “resulted in the death of the driver,” Honda said in a statement. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the Langlinais family during this difficult time.” Ms. ... Read More

Honda opts to expand Takata airbag recall in Japan

Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s order, Honda has expanded its Takata airbag recall to include more than a quarter million vehicles sold in the Japanese domestic market. Honda appears to be experiencing the most turmoil from the Takata airbag recalls considering how the automaker had the most cars affected. In the latest Japanese recall, Honda must now add 259,479 brand-new vehicles equipped with defective airbag inflators, not including the previously known 79,249 Honda vehicles still in line to be fixed. The recall notice states that the affected Honda vehicles, ranging from 2002 through 2008 model years, include ... Read More

Takata to double airbag recall to 34 million affected vehicles – largest auto recall in history

Japan-based automotive parts supplier Takata is about to reach new heights of infamy as the company nearly doubles the size of its already multimillion airbag recall to a whopping total of nearly 34 million recalled cars – the largest automobile recall in history. The recall continues to claim that the faulty airbags have the potential to explode, bursting sharp metal shrapnel into the face and body of those in the front seats. The recalled airbags have been linked to five deaths thus far and took place primarily in Honda vehicles, likely due to the high number of Honda cars equipped ... Read More

Honda urges consumers to fix Takata airbags immediately

Honda plans to launch a multi-million dollar ad campaign to urge owners of Honda and Acura automobiles with possibly defective Takata airbags to have them fixed as soon as possible. Honda and nine other automakers have recalled millions of affected vehicles. The airbags, manufactured by Takata, a Japanese manufacturer, are at risk of tearing loose from their mountings and blasting shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Five deaths have been tied to the faulty airbags, specifically within Honda vehicles. Honda’s ad campaign will urge “Honda and Acura owners to immediately check for open recalls and safety improvement campaigns, and to take ... Read More

Honda president resigns; profits hurt by Takata air bags

Honda Motor Co. suffered another devastating blow from the Takata air bag controversy as President Takanobu Ito announced his resignation. Honda, the automaker experiencing the most fallout as a result of the dangerous Takata air bag inflators, has been forced to soak up recall costs related to the air bags, causing inferior earnings lower than the company anticipated. Following Ito’s resignation, Honda executive Takahiro Hachigo will take on the role of president in April and continue his 33-year career with the automaker. The situation with the Takata air bags was not mentioned during the news conference in Tokyo. Other managerial changes ... Read More