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Takata Airbag Class Settlements Get Final Approval

A $741-million settlement resolving consumer class actions against BMW, Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota for dangerously defective Takata airbag the automakers used in their vehicles has been granted final approval. U.S. District Court Judge Federico A. Moreno in Florida approved the settlements on Nov. 1. The four automakers are the first to exit sweeping multidistrict litigation (MDL) over consumer economic-loss claims stemming from Takata airbags, which prompted the largest auto safety recall in U.S. history. The settlements were initially announced in May, with Toyota agreeing to pay $278.5 million. BMW of North America agreed to pay $131 million to resolve the ... Read More

Kobe Steel Metals Scandal Impacts Global Manufacturers

Kobe Steel, one of Japan’s largest metal manufacturers, admitted this week that it had falsified quality and durability data for at least 20,000 tons of steel it sold to manufacturers, which used the potentially inferior metals in cars, airplanes, rockets, high-speed trains, defense equipment and other products. “The credibility of Kobe Steel has plunged to zero,” Kobe’s chief executive, Hiroya Kawasaki, said after the company admitted first to falsifying data about the strength and durability of its aluminum and copper products and then to falsifying data about its iron ore powder. The apparent fraud came to light after the Central ... Read More

Toyota Hopes To Speed Takata Airbag Repairs With New Ad Campaign

In an ongoing push to raise awareness about the Takata airbag inflator recall, Toyota is launching a new ad campaign in Los Angeles and two other markets it considers a priority. The campaign, dubbed “In about an hour,” urges drivers to take an hour out of their day to get their Takata airbag repaired. Takata’s immense airbag recall – the largest automotive recall in U.S. history – affects more than 40 million vehicles made by 19 manufacturers. These vehicles are scattered throughout the country, but Toyota is focusing its marketing in Los Angeles first because the area’s hot, humid climate poses ... Read More

Las Vegas Teen Sues Over Takata Airbag Injuries

A Las Vegas teen who nearly died when the Takata airbag installed in her refurbished 2002 Honda Accord exploded is suing the salvage yard that sold the recalled airbag and the auto dealers who bought it for re-use. Eighteen-year-old Karina Dorado was driving home from work March 3 when her Honda Accord was rear-ended by another vehicle. What should have been a relatively minor rear-end collision, however, turned into a fight for life when the Takata airbag inside Ms. Dorado’s car exploded, puncturing her trachea with metal shrapnel. Now 19, Ms. Dorado had to spend several days in a trauma ... Read More

Man Blames Takata, Toyota For Wife’s Airbag Death

A Connecticut man whose wife was allegedly killed by a defective Takata airbag that exploded inside a 2009 Toyota Corolla has filed a federal lawsuit against both the airbag manufacturer and the automaker. Frederick McKeehan claims his wife was killed when the passenger-side Takata airbag inside their Corolla “exploded violently and with overly aggressive force” on Jan. 13, 2017, in New London County, Connecticut. Mr. McKeehan’s lawsuit, which was filed in a Connecticut federal court, describes the accident as a “moderate speed crash.” Mr. McKeehan suffered only minor injuries in the accident. According to the Connecticut Law Tribune, “The 37-page lawsuit … ... Read More

Takata Airbags Trigger Recall of Nearly 80,000 older Mazda Vehicles

Defective Takata airbags have prompted another safety recall, this time affecting nearly 80,000 older Mazda cars and SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the recall covers certain 2007 through 2009 and 2012 Mazda CX-7, CX-9, and Mazda 6 vehicles in the U.S. According to the Associated Press, Takata airbags in some of the vehicles are being recalled for the second time. A previous recall in January replaced some Takata airbag inflators with the same parts that were thought to be somewhat safer than the originals. The replacements, however, are still susceptible to degradation because they are powered ... Read More

Nissan Settles Takata Economic-Loss Dispute For $98 Million

Nissan Motor Co. has agreed to pay nearly $98 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by car owners who claim defective Takata airbags diminished the value of their vehicles. The $97.7 million economic-loss complaint covers about 4.4 million Nissan vehicles in the U.S. It follows similar settlements between car owners and BMW AG, Mazda Motor Corp, Toyota Motor Corp, and Subaru Corp, which arrived at settlements totaling $553 million. A federal judge in Miami granted preliminary approval to those agreements in June and a final approval date has been set for Oct. 25. The agreements cover nearly 16 million ... Read More

Honda: Takata Airbag Suspected In Death of Florida Woman

A Florida woman who died in a July 19 car crash may have been killed by a Takata airbag that exploded with deadly force. The crash occurred in Holiday, Florida, near St. Petersburg when a 34-year-old woman driving a 2002 Honda Accord collided head-on with a 1999 Pontiac Firebird. The Firebird was driven by a teen who turned into the Accord’s path, according to police reports. WFLA Channel 8 Tampa reports the woman driving the Honda was identified as Nichol Barker, 34, of Holiday. Ms. Barker was rushed to a local hospital where she died. The Associated Press reported that ... Read More

Takata Airbag Blamed For Death of Individual Repairing a Honda

Another death has been blamed on an exploding Takata airbag, and the victim in this case wasn’t even a driver or a passenger but someone who was performing repairs on an idling 2001 Honda Accord. On July 10, Honda said it notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a fatal incident that occurred in Hialeah, Florida, on June 8, 2016, involving a ruptured Takata airbag. An individual, who was not the car owner, was performing unknown repairs on the Accord with the ignition turned on. The car was parked in the driveway of a private home and the ... Read More

Takata Recalls 2.7 Million Additional Airbags in U.S.

Federal auto regulators ordered auto supplier Takata on Wednesday to recall an additional 2.7 million airbags over fears the inflators in them could potentially rupture with deadly force. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) latest order applies to Takata airbags in vehicles made by Ford, Mazda, and Nissan.The recalled vehicles are equipped with PSDI-5 driver frontal air bag inflators that use calcium sulfate as a desiccant. The airbags may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to moderate absolute humidity, temperatures, and temperature cycling. According to NHTSA, the moisture-absorbing abilities of the airbag inflators containing this desiccant ... Read More