Posts Tagged 'airbag failure'

Airbag Manufacturer Takata Could Face up to $200 Million in Fines

takata agrees to $70 million settlementIt’s every driver’s worst nightmare: those microseconds when your brain has done the math and you know you’re about to have a bad collision.

From the moment of first impact, the computers in modern cars are doing math of their own. Calculating the force of the impact against other environmental factors, the car is asking itself millions of times per second if things are bad enough to deploy its airbags.

As consumers, we ...

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Honda and Others Recall 3 Million Cars over Airbag Defect

Honda recalls vehicles for shrapnel producing explosive airbagsHonda Motor Co. and other Japanese automakers recently recalled nearly 3 million cars with potentially explosive airbags that were manufactured by the Takata Corporation. The total number of cars recalled for the hazardous airbags is about 10.5 million vehicles over the past five years. The total makes this one of the top five biggest recalls in the car industry history.

The recalls cover passenger-side and driver-side airbags that were ...

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At Least 74 Dead in GM Cars with Failed Airbags

According to a recent report, there have been at least 74 deaths in car accidents involving General Motors’ cars where the airbag failed to deploy. According to Reuters’ analysis of the government’s fatal-crash data, there were 74 deaths from 2003 until 2012 with characteristics that indicate a faulty GM ignition switch or other defect was to blame.

Reuters examined the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a database of crashes submitted by local law-enforcement agencies, looking for accidents where ...

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