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More Takata air bag replacement kits produced monthly

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In response to the growing concern of defective air bag inflators in vehicles across the globe, Takata has announced the company has ramped up production of air bag replacement kits by 100,000 units a month – an increase from 350,000 to 450,000. Takata also said that it should be able to increase production to more than 900,000 air bag replacement kits a month by September of this year. Takata’s announcement comes on the same day auto engineers met with the air bag manufacturer regarding the onslaught of recalls and tests being done to learn the root cause of the issue. Recalled ... Read More

Mercedes-Benz vehicles recalled for fire risk

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A total of 147,224 Mercedes-Benz vehicles have been recalled due to the discovery of a fire risk. The Mercedes-Benz vehicles included in this massive recall are as follows:  2013-’15 Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic sedan; E350 4Matic wagon; E400 Hybrid sedan; CLS550 CGI and CLS550 4Matic sedan; 2013-’14 E550 4Matic sedan; 2013 E63 AMG sedan, E63 AMG wagon and CLS63 AMG; 2014-’15 CLS63 AMG 4Matic, E63 AMG 4Matic, E63 AMG 4Matic S sedan and E63 AMG 4Matic wagon; 2015 CLS400; 2015 E400 sedan, E400 4Matic sedan, CLS400 4Matic and 2014 CLS63 S. The popular 2013-’15 E-Class and CLS-Class vehicles have also been ... Read More

Honda president resigns; profits hurt by Takata air bags

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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

NHTSA to fine Takata $14K a day until compliance

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A fine of $14,000-per-day has begun being levied against Takata Corp. by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after the auto parts supplier failed to “fully cooperate” with the safety agency’s probe of Takata’s exploding air bag inflators. The NHTSA also plans to discuss the situation with the Department of Justice if Takata continues to neglect its responsibility with dangerous air bag inflators, which have already been linked to at least six deaths. NHTSA issued “special orders” to Takata following the discovery of the air bag inflator defect, including requesting answers to questions while under oath and various documents. In essence, ... Read More

Honda fails to report deaths, injuries resulting in $70 million penalties

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Federal auto safety regulators have hit Honda with two penalties totaling $70 million for failing to report 1,729 deaths and injuries connected to exploding Takata airbags installed in its vehicles and for failing to comply with U.S. laws requiring it report all warranty claims, which can help regulators hone in on larger safety problems and trends. The two $35-million fines are the maximum allowable penalties under current U.S. law and largest amount in fines the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has ever levied against an auto manufacturer. Honda also agreed to a consent order requiring the company to take ... Read More

Defective Takata air bag inflators lead to second recall expansion by Chrysler amid safety worries

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There is more drama stirring in the defective Takata air bag inflators situation as Chrysler announces its second recall expansion, this time of 208,783 vehicles, in one week. The expansion comes likely as a reaction from regulators like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which are following the issue closely. Since June, Chrysler has recalled more than 600,000 vehicles featuring the infamous Takata air bags due to reports that the defective Takata air bag inflators may explode, firing tiny metal fragments into drivers and passengers within the vehicle. Honda vehicles in areas of high humidity, such as Florida, have experienced ... Read More

The Year of Recalls: What To Expect and How To Handle Your Vehicle Recall

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If you were previously unaware of the world of car recalls, 2014 was likely your wake-up call. Dubbed the Year of Recalls, 2014 is on record as the worst year for recalls in U.S. automobile history. More than 53 million cars have been recalled due to both minor and major safety problems. Even more shocking, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that nearly a quarter of these vehicles will go unrepaired – the equivalent of more than 13 million potentially dangerous cars. This fact leaves unsuspecting used-car buyers at the mercy of their pre-owned vehicle’s past owner, hoping ... Read More

U.S. safety probe leads to Honda recall expansion over dangerous Takata air bags

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Following reports of a U.S. safety probe being placed on the automaker, Honda has announced an expansion to its previous recall of vehicles containing potentially dangerous Takata Corp air bags. The air bags in question, which have been responsible for multiple deaths and injuries, are prone to deploy with excessive force, blasting metal fragments into the car’s interior. The amount of cars Honda has added to its recall is undisclosed; however, all the vehicles are from model years 2001-2006 and were sold/registered in areas with high humidity. According to Takata, humid areas are where the affected vehicles are the most ... Read More

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