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Australia Gets Tough About Unrepaired Takata Alpha Airbags

Australian officials are taking bold measures to deal with the deadly Takata airbag problem. Last weekend authorities in the State of South Australia announced that all vehicles equipped with “Alpha” Takata airbags – the name given to designate the airbags most at risk of a deadly explosion – will have their registration canceled. Although South Australia was the first jurisdiction to take the tough new measures, other Australian states and territories are following suit. The sheer scope and complexity of the Takata airbag recalls have allowed millions of vehicles worldwide to remain on the road, frustrating automakers and public officials ... Read More

Takata Airbag Explosion Damaged NC Woman’s Eye, Lawsuit Claims

A North Carolina woman has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Nissan North America, Takata Corporation, and related companies, alleging that a defective Takata airbag in her vehicle blasted metal fragments into her eye. In 2015, Kelijah Hall, then 19 years old, was driving her Nissan Sentra in Charlotte when she was involved in a collision on Lawyers Road. The driver-side Takata airbag in her vehicle deployed on impact, but instead of protecting her in the crash, it seriously damaged her eye, according to her lawsuit. Charlotte’s WSOCTV Channel 9 uncovered the lawsuit and noted in a recent report that ... Read More

NHTSA Investigating Ford-150 For Seat Belt Fire Hazard

Federal safety regulators are investigating Ford F-150 Supercrew pickup trucks after receiving driver complaints of a potentially defective seat-belt assembly that starts fires during or immediately after a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) said it received five reports from Ford F-150 owners that the seatbelt pretensioners, which regulate slack in the seatbelt and lock in place during a crash, stated fires in the “B pillar” that houses the belt. Although no injuries or deaths were reported, three of the Ford F-150 trucks were completely incinerated by the seatbelt fire. The other two trucks were extensively damaged. “The ... Read More

Audit Slams NHTSA For Poor Handling of Takata Airbags Recalls

Federal auto safety regulators have done a sloppy job handling the Takata airbag recalls, which may have left millions of motorists exposed to the potentially deadly airbags longer than necessary, a government audit has found. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) failed to follow its own procedures in addressing low recall repair completion rates, according to a report compiled by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General and released to Congress July 18. U.S. lawmakers asked Transportation Department officials in 2015 to investigate how effectively its own auto safety regulators were overseeing the sweeping Takata airbag recalls, which ... Read More

Automakers Miss Takata Airbag Repair Deadline

The deadline for automakers to replace recalled Takata airbags has long passed, yet millions of cars with the potentially deadly devices remain on the road. In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) set a target date for recalled Takata airbags to be replaced by the end of 2017, yet 42 percent of the recalled repairs haven’t been made. The missed deadline prompted NHTSA acting director Heidi King to send a letter to all automakers affected by the recall. “I am deeply concerned that, despite this progress, millions more vehicles with defective Takata airbag inflators remain on the roads,” ... Read More

Takata Whistleblowers Split $1.7 Million Award

Three whistleblowers who were instrumental in alerting U.S. authorities to the risks of Takata’s deadly airbag inflators will share an award of $1.7 million, a sum that could grow substantially larger once legislators determine the mechanics of a new auto whistleblower law passed in 2015. The whistleblowers were all former employees of Takata Corp., the Japan-based automotive supplier that manufactured tens of millions of airbags with highly unstable inflators. The dangerously defective airbags were installed in cars, trucks, and SUVs made by 19 automakers Lawyers for the three whistleblowers said the men provided extensive assistance and information that prompted the ... Read More

Takata Clears Exit from Bankruptcy With Airbag Settlement

Takata Corp.’s U.S. unit has reached a settlement with current and future airbag victims, creditors, and automakers that will clear a path out of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which was brought on last year amid the spiraling scope and costs of its airbag recall. Saddled by recall costs and faced with numerous airbag injury and death claims, Takata was pushed to sell its viable operations to Key Safety Systems, a U.S.-based Chinese company, for $1.6 billion. The proceeds of the sale will help fund restitution claims filed by automakers and injury and death claims filed by people injured by defective ... Read More

Takata Airbag Explosion Risk: Ford, Mazda Pickups Under Do-Not-Drive Warning

Ford Motor Co. has added 33,428 additional Ranger pickup trucks in the U.S. to its list of vehicles “that are an immediate risk to safety” because their defective Takata airbag inflators may explode and blast metal pieces at vehicle occupants with deadly force. In a related recall, Mazda has recalled an additional 1,955 Mazda B-Series pickup trucks from the 2006 model year. Ford, which made the B-Series for Mazda, said test results showed that the recalled trucks had Takata airbag inflators that ruptured or recorded high internal pressure readings. “Affected owners are urged not to drive these vehicles and to ... Read More

Air Force Officer Injured by Takata Airbag Raises Recall Awareness

A U.S. Air Force officer who still suffers from severe facial injuries sustained when the Takata airbag inside her 2002 Honda Civic exploded in September 2013 urges Honda drivers to get the defective airbags replaced without delay. Stephanie Erdman, now 32, was driving her Honda Civic in Pensacola when another driver pulled out in front of her, triggering the airbags. While the passenger-side airbag deployed properly, the driver-side airbag in front of her exploded, blasting pieces of sharp metal into her face like a pipe bomb. “I feel like there needs to be a real sense of urgency on the ... Read More

Honda Confirms Takata Airbag Kills Sixth Person in Malaysia

A defective Takata airbag has been blamed for the death of another driver in Malaysia, Honda Malaysia said in a statement Jan. 30. The latest fatality brings the Takata airbag death toll in the Southeast Asian nation to six and the global toll to 22. Honda said the driver-side Takata airbag inflator ruptured inside a 2004 Honda City vehicle. The passenger-side airbag also deployed in the collision and functioned properly. The crash occurred on New Year’s Day in the central part of Sengalor state, the Japanese automaker said. All of the Takata deaths in Malaysia have occurred in 2003-2009 Honda ... Read More