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Fatal Airbag Explosion Triggered by a Hammer

Man killed in Florida while working on Honda Accord

(Newser) - Another person has died as a result of an exploding Takata airbag, though in this case the car involved wasn't even in a crash. Honda says it recently learned about an incident on June 18, 2016, in which a man was using a hammer to make repairs on a... More »

Truck Was Headed to Takata Factory. Then, an Explosion

Rescuers searched for victim for 2 days, found teeth and bones in debris

(Newser) - More trouble for Takata : A truck carrying Takata airbag parts and explosives crashed in Texas last week, exploding and killing a woman and injuring four others. Authorities say the truck left a highway in Quemado before dawn on Aug. 22, caught fire outside Lucila Robles' home, then violently exploded after... More »

Teen Should Have Survived Crash. The Airbag Killed Her

Huma Hanif is the 10th to die in the US at hands of Takata airbag

(Newser) - Huma Hanif should have survived a March 31 fender bender in Fort Bend County, Texas, authorities say. Instead, the 17-year-old was killed when the driver's-side airbag in her 2002 Honda Civic exploded and, police say, "fired a sharp piece of jagged metal into her throat at point-blank range,... More »

'Happy Manipulating!': Takata Emails Depict Tampering

'New York Times' reveals recently unsealed communications

(Newser) - Nearly 20 million vehicles have been recalled thanks to Takata airbags , which can explode and have been connected to eight US deaths. Now, the New York Times reveals internal emails that show Takata employees were manipulating testing data as far back as 2000—around the time the company introduced a... More »

Sources: Airbag Maker Destroyed Test Evidence

Workers say Takata conducted secret tests in 2004

(Newser) - Takata knew its airbags were at risk of exploding and sending metal debris at drivers years before it issued a recall, two unnamed former employees tell the New York Times . In fact, then-vice president for engineering Al Bernat witnessed airbag inflaters crack during secret tests at the Japanese company's... More »

Feds Ignored Warnings on Deadly GM Glitch

And GM declined to fix it because it would be too expensive

(Newser) - Federal regulators twice ignored complaints about the Chevy Cobalt defect that has killed hundreds of people , congressional investigators alleged yesterday, and General Motors not only knew about the flaw , but nixed several fixes because they'd be too expensive, the Wall Street Journal reports. A breakdown of each allegation:
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Man Murdered Wife by Disabling Airbag, Crashing

Iain Lawrence unclipped her seatbelt before crashing

(Newser) - An English ex-pilot has been convicted of murdering his wife by disabling her airbag, undoing her seatbelt as he drove, and moments later deliberately crashing their car into a tree at 50mph. Iain Lawrence, 53, walked away with just a few bruises; prosecutors said he got into the brace position... More »

Toyota, Honda Recall 3.4M Vehicles in Airbag Failure

Nissan, Mazda are also involved

(Newser) - An airbag issue is prompting Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Mazda to recall some 3.4 million vehicles. Passenger-side airbag inflators are at risk of exploding and blasting out plastic pieces, the AP reports, while a rep for Japanese airbag maker Takata warns Reuters that driver-side airbags may fail to inflate.... 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 »

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