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AutoNation responds to Takata air bag recall by refusing to sell affected vehicles

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After reports of Takata Corp’s exploding air bags wreaking havoc on more than 16 million vehicles around the world, AutoNation Inc. has opted not to sell the vehicles affected by the recent Takata air bag recall. “We as a company have made the decision not to retail any vehicle that is involved in this recall until it is repaired and the vehicles that do come in for service,” said AutoNation Chief Executive Mike Jackson in an interview with Reuters. “We are advising the customer not to put a passenger in front of that air bag until it’s repaired.” Although AutoNation is currently ... Read More

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

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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

NHTSA updates air bag defect warning to include another three million vehicles

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Shortly following the U.S. government’s plea to nearly five million car owners to learn more about a life-threatening air bag defect, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has updated its warning to include three million more car owners believed to be driving under dangerous circumstances. According to the safety alert, the NHTSA is making the public aware of inflator mechanisms within the affected vehicles’ airbag systems that may rupture upon impact, triggering an arsenal of metal fragments to violently fly out as the bags are being deployed. Takata Corp., one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers in the world, manufacturing air ... Read More

More deaths and injuries due to dangerous Takata airbags lead to rare urgent plea from U.S. government

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In order to try and prevent further deaths and injuries to drivers or passengers on the road, the U.S. government has issued a shocking plea to the almost five million people currently driving vehicles with potentially deadly Takata airbags. Drivers of the affected vehicles are being urged to visit their dealership immediately to have the airbags inspected and possibly repaired or replaced. According to Takata Corp., the Tokyo-based supplier of the airbags in question, the inflating mechanisms within the airbags may rupture violently, causing multiple metal fragments to disperse rapidly into whatever may be in front of them. Safety advocates have confirmed ... Read More

NHTSA warns consumers about exploding airbags, urges vehicle owners to have cars inspected

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Following an investigation into possible exploding airbags it began in June, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued an urgent warning to motorists. The agency notes more than 4.7 million vehicles may contain defective airbags manufactured by Takeda, which can explode in even a minor collision, sending shrapnel flying at drivers and passengers. Automakers worldwide already have recalled 12 million vehicles for the problem. Takata airbags are used in a variety of automobiles produced by different manufacturers. The NHTSA alert includes cars made by Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, General Motors (GM), and Ford. The problem appears to be ... Read More

Michigan Police Officer Promotes Child Car Seat Safety Through Act of Kindness

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When Michigan’s Emmett Township Public Safety Officer Ben Hall pulled over a car for a traffic violation near downtown Battle Creek, he noticed the driver’s young daughter in the backseat restrained by a seat belt, but not riding in a booster seat. Officer Hall immediately questioned the driver, Lexi DeLorenzo, about why her child was not properly restrained in the backseat and discussed with her the importance of child seat safety. DeLorenzo’s response to Officer Hall’s concerns motivated him to go beyond his duties as an officer. “She was telling me that she hit a rough patch,” Hall recalled. “I ... Read More

GM announces more safety recalls over weekend, 57,000 vehicles affected

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General Motors (GM) announced two more safety recalls over the weekend affecting more than 57,000 vehicles in the United States for problems involving overheating fuel pumps, loose electrical connections, and yet more potentially deadly ignition switch defects. The new recalls came just one day after the Detroit automaker recalled more than half a million cars and SUVs for loose joint and hood latch defects. On Saturday, GM said that it’s recalling about 47,000 2008-09 Pontiac G8 cars and about 7,600 model-year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice police cars because drivers may bump the ignition key with their knee, inadvertently switching the key ... Read More

GM launching two new safety recalls of more than half a million cars, SUVs

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General Motors (GM) announced two new safety recalls on Friday for loose joints and a hood latch problem that together affect more than 524,000 cars and SUVs. The first recall encompasses 430,550 Cadillac SRX and Saab 9-4X SUVs for possible loose joints and worn threads in the rear toe link assembly, which could cause the toe adjuster link to separate and in turn cause the vehicle to veer off the intended course at highway speeds and potentially crash. GM said it knows of three crashes and two injuries linked to the rear toe link defect. The recall affects 2010-2015 model-year ... Read More

Department of Transportation announces new plan for pedestrian and bicyclist safety

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced a new initiative by the DOT to reduce the growing number of pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities. This comprehensive approach will address infrastructure safety, education, vehicle safety and data collection. In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed and around 76,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States. The 2012 fatalities represent an increase of 6 percent from 2011 and were the highest number of fatalities in the last five years. Also in 2012, 736 pedalcyclists were killed and around 49,000 were injured due to traffic crashes. This number ... Read More

General Motors ignition switch death toll rises to 23

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The number of deaths linked to the ignition switch defect in more than a decade of General Motors (GM) vehicles continues to climb, with the latest toll hitting 23, according to a report by Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer overseeing a fund established to compensate crash victims and their families. After it finally began recalling vehicles affected by the potentially deadly ignition flaw last February, GM said that it had linked the defect to 13 deaths and 54 crashes. Underscoring the seriousness of the problem, safety advocates and plaintiffs’ lawyers, however, said the real toll was likely to be much higher. ... Read More