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Feds: Air Bags in Older Hondas Are Extremely Dangerous

One senator calls the vehicles 'deathtraps'

(Newser) - The US government is urging owners of 313,000 older Hondas and Acuras to stop driving them and get them repaired after new tests found that their Takata air bag inflators are extremely dangerous, the AP reports. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that it has data showing... More »

Rolls-Royce Issues Impossibly Small Recall

It's for one single car

(Newser) - The only single-vehicle recalls you'll usually see are for trucks, fire engines, and school buses. So the owner of a Rolls-Royce made in England can feel pretty special that his or her sedan is the subject of a rare single-car recall that affects that car alone, the Financial Times ... More »

Honda Dumps Its President

Takanobu Ito will step down

(Newser) - Honda Motor Co., currently at the center of an airbag defect scandal , said today its president Takanobu Ito will step aside and be replaced by another Honda executive, Takahiro Hachigo. Ito will remain on the board as an adviser. The announcement did not mention the problems with the airbags and... More »

303 Deaths Linked to Delayed GM Recall

Watchdog's number far greater than the 13 deaths earlier reported

(Newser) - General Motors' slow response to an ignition switch problem in two now-recalled models may be linked to hundreds more deaths than earlier believed, according to the Center for Auto Safety watchdog group. The group says 303 people died in the Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions between 2003 and 2012 when... More »

Honda Recalls 405K Vehicles Over Air Bags

Most are Odyssey minivans

(Newser) - Honda is recalling more than 400,000 vehicles because of a malfunction in its air bag system. The recall largely affects its flagship minivan, the Odyssey, with 342,000 models sold between 2003 and 2004 affected. It also applies to 63,400 Acura MDXs sold in 2003. A glitch can... More »

919K Older Jeep SUVs Recalled Over Airbag Issue

SUVs from 2002 through 2004 affected

(Newser) - Chrysler is recalling more than 919,000 older-model Jeep SUVs worldwide because the airbags can inflate while people are driving. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the recall affects Jeep Grand Cherokees from the 2002 through 2004 model years. Also covered are Jeep Libertys from model years 2002... More »

Militants Storm Pakistan Air Base

9 die in assault on suspected nuclear base

(Newser) - Militants stormed an air base in Pakistan early Thursday morning in a brazen attack bound to raise fears about the security of the country's nuclear weapons. The team of eight militants, who all died in the attack, fought their way inside the Minras air base with automatic weapons and... More »

'House Airbag' Protects Home From Earthquake

Another airbag is designed for pedestrians

(Newser) - Airbags: not just for your car anymore. Japanese company Air Danshin has invented an ingenious system that raises a house 3 centimeters off the ground when earthquake tremors are detected, the Guardian reports. Sensors detect both the beginning and the end of a quake, and the airbags deflate when the... More »

GM's $5K Minivan Is a Smash in China

...but with the power of a 'pumpkin on wheels,' it's likely staying there

(Newser) - General Motors has a major overseas hit in its Wuling Sunshine, a $5,000 minivan that gets more than 40 miles to the gallon. It sold 590,000 of them in China last year, but don't be too quick to complain that its foreign-only status is totally unfair: The Sunshine's... More »

Honda Expands Global Airbag Recall

437K cars added to fix potentially lethal flaw

(Newser) - Honda is adding 437,000 vehicles to its global recall for faulty and potentially lethal airbags in the latest quality catastrophe to hit a Japanese automaker. The company will replace driver-side airbags because they can deploy with too much force, causing the inflator to rupture and potentially injure or kill... More »

Ford's Inflatable Seat Belts Not Just Hot Air

More comfortable, and safer than regular airbags

(Newser) - Still not a fan of wearing your seat belt? Ford’s latest take on the safety standby could change your mind: It’s inflatable, as with vehicle air bags, and its softer webbing has been a comfortable hit with test groups. And unlike many front-seat airbags, the belts inflate with... More »

Missing Airbags Threaten Drivers of Used Cars

Some dealers ditch safety for cash in 'life-and-death scam'

(Newser) - Used-car buyers, beware: Missing or ruined air bags are posing a threat to unsuspecting drivers’ lives, an NPR investigation finds. Some dealerships put greed over safety and sell cars that have been in accidents without replacing the protective pouches. Instead, they may stick faulty air bags back in the car,... More »

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