Posts Tagged 'airbag recall'

Takata Airbags Not Being Replaced Fast Enough

NHTSA says Takata airbags not being replaced fast enoughWhat started with just over 10 million vehicles from a few manufacturers would expand over the next four years to involve over 100 million vehicles from 19 separate automakers. Of those, the United States would see 69 million recalls on its own as faulty Takata airbags have killed more than 20 people around the world and led to the largest recall in US automotive history.

At issue is the ...

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Pressure Stays on Takata as New Deadlines Set

new deadlines set in takata recallAny hope that disgraced airbag manufacturer Takata might have had of an easing of pressure by lawmakers and regulators to see its airbag recall through evaporated recently when deadlines to complete the monumental task were actually moved up.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an order last month that sets new, accelerated deadlines for when replacement airbag systems must be available to auto manufacturers. It also increased the responsibility of ...

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Texas Airbag Suit Settled Without Trial

takata airbag suit ends in settlementWhen 17-year old Huma Hanif accidentally rear-ended the car in front of her in Fort Bend County, Texas earlier this year, she should have been able to walk away from it. There should have been an exchange of records and information and she should have been able to carry on with her day, ever so slightly worse for the wear.

Instead, she’d become the 10th person in America believed to die because ...

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At Least One Airbag Rupture Went Unreported by Takata

takata failed to report at least one airbag ruptureAs the Takata airbag scandal started picking up steam, at least one explosion event went unreported by the manufacturing giant. It occurred in Switzerland in 2003 and, according to Takata’s own records, was never reported to the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The claim may seem outrageous at first glance, but is just one part of a long string of deceptions perpetrated by a company ...

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Evidence Indicates Takata Manipulated Airbag Test Data

takata manipulated airbag safety data“We have found examples of what I would call ‘selective editing,’ where they have left out results not because they were bad results, but because the results that remained were better. We found evidence that the report that went to Honda was a shorter version of the original version, and it was a prettier shortened version.”

With those words, Brian O’Neill, former president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, revealed that continue reading...

Takata CEO to Resign

takata ceo to resign after airbag scandal“I don’t intend to hold on to my position. Once I’ve delivered this company to a place where it’s not at risk of faltering, I want to pass the baton.” With those words, Shigehisa Takada announced his intent to resign as CEO of embattled airbag manufacturer Takata.

The resignation should come as no surprise. Widely criticized for leaving a vacuum of leadership when the airbag crisis struck, Mr. Takada ...

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