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Takata airbag recall could rise another 85M units in U.S. by 2019, NHTSA reports

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The Takata airbag recall may be edging closer to 30 million defective airbag inflators each month, but U.S. auto safety regulators claim that nearly 85 million more unrecalled inflators may eventually be recalled if Takata can’t prove they’re safe. The defective airbag inflators installed in the recalled vehicles can cause even the most minor impacts to escalate into fatal events due to the sensitive nature of the inflators. When a defective inflator is triggered by a collision, it can cause the airbag itself to explode and blast metal shrapnel into those sitting in the cabin. The results of this defect ... Read More

Tire Industry Association Proposes New Rules To Improve Tire Safety Recalls

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How to efficiently identify and recall defective tires is a problem manufacturers and government regulators alike have struggled with for decades. The Tire Industry Association, however, recently gave federal safety regulators some feedback on the issue, calling for an electronic identification system. Endowed with new authorities to improve safety recall completion rates, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on tire recall regulations, seeking public comment on how to better notify the public and improve the effectiveness of recalling defective tires over safety concerns. In response to NHTSA’s call for input, the ... Read More

Nissan Leaf recall announced due to braking malfunction

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Japanese automaker Nissan has announced plans to fully recall nearly 47,000 of its Leaf electric cars from model years 2013 through 2015 in the U.S. and Canada. The recalled Nissan Leafs are believed to suffer from a braking malfunction that only occurs during certain weather conditions. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recalled Nissan Leaf’s electronic brake booster relay may fail during extremely cold temperatures, thus causing drivers to experience difficulty braking. Originally, the automaker planned to just notify customers through a service campaign; however, upon realizing the severity of this issue, Nissan opted to upgrade ... Read More

Toyota expands its Takata airbag recall to include more models of Corolla and Lexus vehicles

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The Takata airbag recall continues to grow at an expedient rate with Toyota announcing that it will recall almost 200,000 more vehicles worldwide. The recalled Toyota vehicles are believed to feature defective Takata airbag inflators, which may cause the vehicle’s front passenger airbags to explode upon impact. The Toyota recall will expand on previous recalls to include more of its vehicles, including the 2008 Corolla, 2008 Corolla Matrix, as well as the Lexus SC430 from model years 2008 through 2010. Although there have been no reports of the vehicles’ airbags rupturing, the automaker is recalling the cars equipped with the ... Read More

Every U.S. vehicle has nearly 1 in 5 chance of being under recall, CarFax reports

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Any American unaware of the importance of vehicle recalls is in for a rude awakening when they realize how likely it is that they’re affected by one. For example, it was recently announced the Takata airbag recall could include another 90 million vehicles due to airbags that may explode in an accident. The issue has been linked to multiple deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide. Not all recalls are as well-publicized as Takata’s, but that doesn’t make them any less relevant to consumers. According to CarFax, more than 47 million U.S. vehicles have at least one unfixed issue addressed in a safety ... Read More

Rocket science company confirms three factors responsible for inflator failure in Takata airbag recall

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The Takata airbag recall has been center stage around the world as deaths and injuries continue to be attributed to the airbag’s instability in the event of an accident. While Takata’s excuses as to why the airbag inflator malfunctions have grown alongside the actual number of vehicle airbags recalled, the answer may actually be a combination of vital factors. Automaker representatives from Toyota, Honda, Fiat Chrysler, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Subaru formed a group in early 2015 with a common goal in mind: to learn what exactly was causing the Takata airbags to rupture violently. Dubbed the “Independent ... Read More

Takata airbag recall may quadruple before it ends; former Takata manager says “no way of knowing”

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The Takata airbag recall has grown by leaps and bounds since its first announcement back in 2013; however, the Japanese manufacturer may end up recalling another 70 to 90 million airbag inflators before the recall is entirely finished. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been investigating the Takata inflator defect for years now, but with almost 30 million Takata inflators already under recall, what’s next? Well, if NHTSA continues to find the dangerous inflators, Reuters reports the current number of recalled vehicles could nearly quadruple in size. The Takata airbag recall has encompassed 14 automakers and nearly 24.4 vehicles ... Read More

NHTSA announces Jeep rollaway probe expansion to include more Chrysler vehicles

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Jeep Cherokee rollaway incidents have been a major concern of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for some time, with more than 100 incidents reported thus far. In order to protect other drivers from similar experiences, the NHTSA has expanded its probe to include several other Chrysler vehicles. The following Chrysler vehicles are now included in the NHTSA’s rollaway probe: 2012-14 Dodge Chargers and Chrysler 300s with 3.6L engines, as well as the 2014-15 Grand Cherokees already under investigation. The NHTSA’s announcement leaves the agency with approximately 856,000 vehicles to inspect and ensure they are safe for public roadways. The rollaway ... Read More

Dodge Charger recall announced due to danger when using jack; reported injuries

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After reports of injuries from the vehicles falling off the jack, Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has announced a Dodge Charger recall spanning more than 440,000 vehicles. Law360 reports that while there may not be anything wrong with the vehicles themselves, the sedans may become unstable when jacked up, as in changing a tire, posing an injury hazard to those nearby. Vehicle owners affected by this recall will be provided tire chocks. Tire chocks are used regularly by mechanics and vehicle owners to immobilize the vehicle’s wheels as they are being changed; however, if the vehicle is jacked without tire chocks or ... Read More

Unknown number of 2016 Honda Civics now under ‘stop sale’ recall due to possible engine failure

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The 2016 Honda Civics have not been on the roadways long, but Honda already issued a stop sale and safety recall notice for the vehicles equipped with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. According to Autoblog, the recalled Civics can apparently suffer from engine failure early on in their use. The 1.5-liter turbocharged version of the Civic is unaffected by the recall notice. “While the specific details of this action are still being determined, American Honda has provided preliminary information to the [National Highway Traffic Administration] NHTSA and intends to provide more details in a formal notification to NHTSA on Friday, February 5,” ... Read More