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Exploding Air Bag Kills Yet Another, This Time in SC

Driver of Honda Accord died in January; this is the 19th US death linked to Takata air bags since 2009

(Newser) - A driver in South Carolina is the latest person to be killed by an exploding Takata air bag inflator. Honda said Wednesday that a faulty driver's air bag blew apart in a crash involving a 2002 Honda Accord in Lancaster County, SC, per the AP . The company wouldn't...

Driver's Death Came After Honda Sent Car Owner 15 Letters

The Takata air bag inflator exploded

(Newser) - Another person has been killed by an exploding Takata air bag inflator, bringing the worldwide death toll to at least 26. The latest death occurred Aug. 20 in Mesa, Arizona, in the crash of a 2002 Honda Civic, according to a statement released Saturday by Honda. It was the 17th...

Air Bag Woes Force Honda, Toyota to Recall 6M Vehicles
Toyota, Honda 
Recall 6M Vehicles

Toyota, Honda Recall 6M Vehicles

Recalls involve 2 different air bag glitches

(Newser) - Two different air bag glitches have forced Toyota and Honda to recall over 6 million vehicles worldwide, and both problems present different dangers to motorists. The Toyota recall affects about 3.4 million vehicles globally and is being done because the air bags may not inflate in a crash. The...

America's 'Safest Vehicle' Has the Most Accidents

Insurify lists the most accident-prone cars

(Newser) - A vehicle trumpeted for its safety features is also the most accident-prone car in America, CarBuzz reports. According to data culled by Insurify , an auto insurance comparison site, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek tops the list of vehicles with at-fault accidents. In fact nine of the top 10 are imports, with...

Here Are 14 Cars That Are Getting the Ax

Say goodbye to the Volkswagen Beetle, the Ford Focus, and a dozen others

(Newser) - If you think you're seeing more SUVs and crossovers on the road, you're not imagining things. That's because automakers are making what USA Today calls a "sweeping shift" into those types of vehicles—which also means they're dumping more-traditional passenger cars from their lineups. The...

62,307 'Ticking Time Bombs' Are on US Roads

That's how many older Hondas are still driving around with potentially deadly airbags

(Newser) - The dangers of air bags made by Takata in older Hondas are by now well documented, and the legal case against three company executives is proceeding. Even so, the Washington Post points out a jarring stat: A decade after a massive recall, Honda says 62,307 vehicles are still on...

Likely Takata Air Bag Death Is a First

If confirmed, would be first victim outside the US or Malaysia

(Newser) - A man who died this month in a traffic crash near Sydney likely is the 18th person killed by a faulty Takata air bag inflator, Australian authorities said Friday. The 58-year-old man was struck in the neck by a small fragment and died at the scene of the July 13...

Own a Honda Odyssey? It May Be Recalled

Rear seats can move unexpectedly

(Newser) - Honda is recalling 633,753 Odyssey minivans in the US because the second-row seats could move unexpectedly. The recall involves Odysseys from the 2011 to 2016 model years, the AP reports. They were made between Aug. 1, 2010, and Oct. 1, 2015. The vehicles have a second-row seat lever that...

The 5 Best, Worst Car Brands in US
The 5 Best, Worst
Car Brands in US

The 5 Best, Worst Car Brands in US

Can Ford thank Matthew McConaughey?

(Newser) - It's not clear whether Matthew McConaughey's commercials have anything to do with swaying customer opinion, but a nationwide survey of nearly 4,000 people regarding 24 major car brands has found that Americans love their Ford Lincolns the most, 24/7 Wall St. reports. An American Customer Satisfaction Index...

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...

Honda Recalls 45K Cars for Scary Reason

Engines can fail, stall while being driven

(Newser) - Honda is recalling about 45,000 newly redesigned Civic compact cars in the US and Canada because the engines can fail and stall while being driven. The recall affects 2016 Civics equipped with 2-liter four-cylinder engines. Documents filed by Canadian safety regulators say that a circular clip around the pistons...

'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...

Amid Airbag Scandal, Honda Dumps Its President
 Honda Dumps Its President 

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...

2M Vehicles Recalled Over Air Bags
2M Vehicles Recalled
Over Air Bags

2M Vehicles Recalled Over Air Bags

Toyota, Chrysler, Honda models affected

(Newser) - More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler, and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running. The recall includes some Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla, and Toyota Avalon models...

Honda Fined Record $70M Over Safety Issues

It failed to report accidents, injuries to government

(Newser) - The Obama administration is fining Honda $70 million—the largest civil penalty levied against an automaker—for not reporting to regulators some 1,729 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries, and for not reporting warranty claims. The Japanese automaker acknowledged in November that it failed to report the...

Mom of Crash Survivor: I Thank Honda, Not God

Lynn Beisner: federal regulations more important than higher power

(Newser) - Lynn Beisner's son was driving last week when a semi-trailer wheel landed on his hood and shattered every window in the car. Amazingly, the Honda vehicle "formed a cocoon for his body" and he didn't have "a scratch on him," she writes in the Washington ...

Almost 3M Cars Recalled Over Exploding Airbags

Honda, Nissan, Mazda all expand earlier recalls

(Newser) - Honda, Mazda, and Nissan are recalling millions of vehicles globally for defective airbags manufactured by supplier Takata Corp. that could possibly explode, though no accidents have been reported related to the recalls. Honda recalled 2.03 million vehicles for the airbag problem, including 1.02 million in North America and...

Obama in Japan: Diplomacy, Sushi, Soccer With a Robot

Obama pledges to defend Japan in dispute over 'rock'

(Newser) - President Obama guaranteed that the US would protect Japan if its dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands comes to blows, a serious moment in a conspicuously fun Tokyo trip. Obama said the islands have historically been administered by Japan, and that a US treaty "covers all territories administered...

Honda Recalls 900K Minivans
 Honda Recalls 900K Minivans 

Honda Recalls 900K Minivans

Odysseys from 2005-10 may have faulty fuel pump covers

(Newser) - Honda is recalling 886,815 Odyssey minivans in the US because a fuel pump cover can deteriorate and cause a fuel leak. Odysseys from the model years 2005 through 2010 are involved. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the cover on the fuel pump strainer can wear down from...

CES' Hot New Gadget Is Your Car

New vehicles sprout 4G; Google announces Open Automotive Alliance

(Newser) - The big news from the Consumer Electronics Show—where the expected theme is "the connected car"—is a plan to make your new vehicle a little more like your smartphone. General Motors and Audi tell the Wall Street Journal they have plans to give their vehicles built-in 4G...

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