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Exploding Air Bag Kills Yet
Another, This Time in SC
Apr 22, 2021 8:30 AM CDT
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
- 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...
Nov 23, 2020 9:50 AM CST
GM Must Recall 6M Trucks, SUVs
Pricey move involves Takata air bags
- The US is making General Motors recall and repair nearly 6 million big pickup trucks and SUVs equipped with potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators, per the AP . The decision announced Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will cost the automaker an estimated $1.2 billion, about one-third...
Came After Honda
Sent Car Owner
Oct 4, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Driver's Death Came After Honda Sent Car Owner 15 Letters
The Takata air bag inflator exploded
- 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...
Recall 6M Vehicles
Jan 22, 2020 12:33 AM CST
Toyota, Honda Recall 6M Vehicles
Recalls involve 2 different air bag glitches
- 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...
It Was an Interim Fix.
Now It's Being Recalled, Too
Jan 8, 2020 10:15 AM CST
It Was an Interim Fix. Now It's Being Recalled, Too
Takata's recalls 10M more front airbag inflators
- Takata is recalling 10 million more front airbag inflators sold to 14 different automakers because they can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel. The recall is the last one the bankrupt company agreed to in a 2015 settlement with US safety regulators. It could bring to a close...
Takata Air Bag Explosion
in Crash Kills 24th Person
Mar 29, 2019 6:50 PM CDT
Takata Air Bag Explosion in Crash Kills 24th Person
Driver in Arizona was hit by shrapnel
- Another driver has been killed by an exploding Takata air bag inflator, bringing the worldwide death toll to at least 24, the AP reports. The latest death occurred three days after a crash on June 8, 2018, in the Phoenix suburb of Buckeye, Arizona, according to a statement released Friday...
62,307 'Ticking Time Bombs'
Are on US Roads
Apr 23, 2018 10:20 AM CDT
62,307 'Ticking Time Bombs' Are on US Roads
That's how many older Hondas are still driving around with potentially deadly airbags
- 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
points out a jarring stat: A decade after a massive recall, Honda says 62,307 vehicles are still on...
Ford Urges Drivers of 2006
Rangers to Make a Fix
Jan 12, 2018 9:34 AM CST
Ford Urges Drivers of 2006 Rangers to Make a Fix
Automaker is recalling 2.9K vehicles over potentially lethal airbag defect
- The latest Takata airbag fallout takes the form of Ford issuing a recall on 2006 Rangers, and if you own one, Ford wants you to stop driving it immediately. The recall affects some 2,900 pickups in North America, reports the CBC , and comes in the wake of two fatal...
Air Bag Death
Is a First
Jul 21, 2017 4:11 PM CDT
Likely Takata Air Bag Death Is a First
If confirmed, would be first victim outside the US or Malaysia
- 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...
Fatal Airbag Explosion
Triggered by a Hammer
Jul 11, 2017 6:47 AM CDT
Fatal Airbag Explosion Triggered by a Hammer
Man killed in Florida while working on Honda Accord
- 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...
'No Other Way': Airbag Maker
Takata on Bankruptcy Filing
Jun 26, 2017 8:19 AM CDT
'No Other Way': Airbag Maker Takata on Bankruptcy Filing
Japanese company was brought down by recall costs, lawsuits
- Shattered by recall costs and lawsuits, Japanese airbag maker Takata Corp. filed Monday for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the US, saying it was the only option to keep supplying replacements for faulty airbag inflators linked to the deaths of at least 16 people. The company's bankruptcy filings cleared...
Takata Bankruptcy Will Mean
Less Money for Airbag Victims
Jun 20, 2017 12:47 AM CDT
Takata Bankruptcy Will Mean Less Money for Airbag Victims
Filing expected by the end of this month
- An expected bankruptcy filing by Japanese airbag maker Takata will leave little money for dozens of people who sued the company over deaths and injuries caused by its exploding airbag inflators, according to outside legal experts and lawyers suing the company. Takata Corp. and its US operations are likely to...
Mar 3, 2017 5:39 PM CST
5 Best, 5 Worst Company Reputations
- 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:...
Takata Agrees to $1B
in Penalties Over
Air Bag Scandal
Feb 27, 2017 7:41 PM CST
Takata Agrees to $1B in Penalties Over Air Bag Scandal
Japanese auto parts maker pleads guilty to fraud
- As expected , Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. pleaded guilty to fraud Monday and agreed to pay $1 billion in penalties for concealing an air bag defect blamed for at least 16 deaths, most of them in the US. The scandal, meanwhile, seemed to grow wider when plaintiffs' attorneys...
3 Takata Execs Charged in
Deadly Air Bag Probe
Jan 13, 2017 1:48 PM CST
3 Takata Execs Charged in Deadly Air Bag Probe
Company also charged, agrees to plead guilty
- Takata Corp. and three former employees were charged by federal prosecutors with concealing deadly defects in automotive air bag inflators, the AP reports. A federal grand jury indicted the former employees—Shinichi Tanaka, Hideo Nakajima, and Tsuneo Chikaraishi, who worked in Japan. According to an indictment, as early as 2000...
Truck Was Headed to
Takata Factory. Then,
Aug 30, 2016 8:21 AM CDT
Truck Was Headed to Takata Factory. Then, an Explosion
Rescuers searched for victim for 2 days, found teeth and bones in debris
- 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...
Feds: Air Bags in
Older Hondas Are
Jul 1, 2016 12:02 AM CDT
Feds: Air Bags in Older Hondas Are Extremely Dangerous
One senator calls the vehicles 'deathtraps'
- 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...
Teen Should Have Survived Crash. The Airbag Killed Her
Apr 11, 2016 7:00 AM CDT
Teen Should Have Survived Crash. The Airbag Killed Her
Huma Hanif is the 10th to die in the US at hands of Takata airbag
- 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,...
Jan 4, 2016 1:32 PM CST
'Happy Manipulating!': Takata Emails Depict Tampering
'New York Times' reveals recently unsealed communications
- 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...
Apologies of the Week
Jun 28, 2015 12:30 PM CDT
Public Skewering: Apologies of the Week
A sportswriter retreats as tweet is slammed as sexist by Amy and Seth
- The biggest apology of the week came from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev , but it was hardly the only one to make headlines:
“I apologize from my heart to those who have died or been injured. I feel a heavy responsibility.”—
, chief executive of the Japanese supplier
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