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Millions More Vehicles with Takata Airbags Yet to Face Recall

Automakers, regulators continue fix slowed by lack of replacement parts.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Feb.12, 2019

Takata's faulty airbag inflators have been linked to 24 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

Nearly 2 million vehicles have been recalled this month to replace airbag inflators blamed for dozens of deaths around the world, but millions more are expected to be targeted in the U.S. alone by early next year.

The problem was caused by faulty airbags produced by Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp., the inflators potentially failing over time. When that happens, they can inflate too aggressively, sending shrapnel spewing into the passenger compartment. So far, at least 23 people are known to have died due to the defect – most of them in the U.S. – with hundreds more injured.

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The Takata airbag recall is not only the largest safety-related service action in U.S. history, but also the longest-running recall, with the first advisories going out to vehicle owners back in 2001. It took years for industry leaders, regulators and safety experts to agree on the extent of the problem, but it is now dragging out due to a shortage of replacement inflators. (more…)

Toyota Announces Takata Recall a Year in Advance

Next repair should solve problem permanently.

by Michael Strong on Dec.12, 2018

Toyota is recalling 2002-2005 model year Sequoias to replace faulty Takata airbags.

Toyota cannot seem to shake free of former airbag supplier, Takata; however, the news related to the now-defunct supplier responsible for the largest automotive recall in history is good.

The Japanese automaker is announcing its plans to replace airbags in 65,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the U.S. one year ahead of time. These are vehicles that have already had the airbags replaced, but need a second replacement to ultimately solve the problem.

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The second time around the replacements will made with non-Takata airbags at no cost, the company noted.   (more…)

Ford, Takata Reach $299M Airbag Settlement

Deal helps vehicle owners recoup costs.

by Michael Strong on Jul.17, 2018

Ford and Takata reached a $299.1 million settlement to help offset the costs of owners with faulty airbag inflators in their cars.

Ford Motor Co. and Takata agreed to a $299.1 million settlement to allow the automaker to cover economic damages tied to the supplier’s faulty inflators. The deal covers about 6 million Ford vehicles with the inflators.

Takata produced airbag inflators that became unstable over time, inflating with too much force, spewing metal and plastic into the vehicle cabin. To date, 23 deaths and nearly 300 injuries have occurred as a result of the inflators.

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The terms of the deal, which is described as an economic loss settlement, were revealed in court documents filed in a federal court in Miami, according to Reuters. (more…)

Key Safety Systems Agrees to $1.6B Purchase of Takata

Deal expected to be completed next year.

by Michael Strong on Nov.21, 2017

Key Safety Systems agreed to a $1.6 billion acquisition of Takata, except its airbag replacement business.

The final chapter for Takata is being written as Key Safety Systems will purchase most of the assets of the Japanese suppliers for $1.6 billion.

The Detroit-area supplier gets everything, including the company’s 45,000 employees, but not the operations producing replacement airbag kits for Takata’s faulty airbag recall. Takata will run that until the operations are complete.

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Most of the proceeds will go to pay the $1 billion penalty levied against Takata from a U.S. criminal fraud judgement.  (more…)

Takata Airbag Recall Likely to Be Smaller Than Projected

More than 19 million vehicles still impacted, and figure could yet grow.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Sep.02, 2015

The number of vehicles recalled due to Takata's potentially deadly airbags is likely to get cut to 19 million: a 40% drop.

Federal regulators have sharply reduced the number of U.S. vehicles that will be covered by the recall of potentially deadly Takata airbags – but the total is still expected to be more than 19 million.

The Japanese supplier has been linked to a defect that can cause airbags in older vehicle to trigger with too much force, sending metal and plastic shrapnel spewing into the passenger compartment. At least eight deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the problem.

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After expanding the scope of the recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 11 different automakers would have to replace inflators used in 34 million driver and passenger airbags. The agency has now reduced that by about 40%, to 23.4 million airbags used in 19.2 million vehicles. (more…)

BMW’s Move Takes Takata Airbag Recall National

Maker expands recall to include 140,000 vehicles across US.

by Michael Strong on Dec.23, 2014

BMW recalled an additional 140,000 3-Series vehicles due to a potential airbag problem.

Despite Takata’s protests, the recall of vehicles with its potentially deadly airbags is now a national action as BMW expanded its recall from regional to national status. The German maker was the last of five automakers receiving pressure from federal regulators.

BMW agreed on Monday to expand its recall of vehicles with possible defective driver-side air bags by 140,000 3 Series cars from model years 2004-06. The automaker already had recalled about 11,700 cars with driver-side Takata air bags in high-humidity states.

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Officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been pressuring Takata and five automakers – Mazda, Honda, Ford, Chrysler and BMW – to expand the scope of the recall for several weeks. Toyota and Honda acted quickly, but Ford, Chrysler and BMW were resistant suggesting they were unsure the move was prudent. (more…)

Feds Put Hammer Down on Takata over Deadly Airbags

NHTSA orders supplier to issue national recall or face fines.

by Michael Strong on Nov.26, 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today ordered Takata to expand its airbag recall to a national action.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officials today made good on their earlier threat to force Takata Corp. to issue a national recall of all vehicles in the U.S. equipped with its potentially deadly airbags or face that will quickly escalate into the millions of dollars.

In a letter to Takata officials, the agency told the supplier it had until Dec. 2 to comply with its demand or it face a fine of $7,000 per vehicle per day. Takata hasn’t issued a response to the letter.

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“NHTSA is issuing this recall request letter to notify you that the agency has tentatively concluded that a defect related to motor vehicle safety exists on a national basis in the subject driver’s side air bag inflators, and to demand that Takata recall the inflators,” Frank Borris, who heads NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation, wrote in the letter to Takata. (more…)