Takata

9 Stories

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 »

5 Best, 5 Worst Company Reputations

Congrats, Amazon

(Newser) - Congrats, Amazon. The company has the best reputation among American consumers, according to 24/7 Wall St. , which lists the companies with the best and worst reputations based on the 2017 Harris Poll and American Customer Satisfaction Index. The top five in each category, with a reputation score out of 100:... 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 »

Public Skewering: Apologies of the Week

A sportswriter retreats as tweet is slammed as sexist by Amy and Seth

(Newser) - The biggest apology of the week came from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev , but it was hardly the only one to make headlines:
  • Shamed: “I apologize from my heart to those who have died or been injured. I feel a heavy responsibility.”—Shigehisa Takada, chief executive of the Japanese supplier
... More »

Takata Recall May Overtake Tylenol's as Biggest

Air-bag maker says 34M vehicles are potentially defective

(Newser) - Japanese air-bag maker Takata now says that 34 million vehicles in the US are potentially defective, a declaration that brings with it two unwanted milestones: It easily will lead to the biggest recall ever in the auto industry and it's on track to overtake the 31 million bottles of... 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 »

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 »

9 Stories

AROUND THE WEB