Safety & Recalls

 

Airbag-safety vet leads hunt for Takata clues

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 2
David Kelly, the former federal auto safety regulator chosen to coordinate automakers' investigation into Takata airbag explosions, is no stranger to... ... » READ
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Hyundai recalls more than 200,000 Elantras over steering problem

8:14 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2015
Hyundai is recalling 204,768 Elantras because of a power steering defect that might cause the cars to suddenly revert to manual steering, the company...... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler recalling about 467,500 SUVs worldwide

10:03 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015 | UPDATED: 2/27/14 11:00 am ET -- corrected
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said today it will recall about 467,500 SUVs globally in order to fix a fuel-pump issue that could cause engine stall.... Read More »
 

U.S. Senate panel OKs auto industry whistleblower incentive

1:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
A measure that would offer financial incentives for auto industry employees to expose safety defects won unanimous backing from a US Senate panel...... Read More »
 

Automakers choose aerospace firm to run Takata airbag tests

10:54 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
A consortium of 10 automakers formed to investigate the root cause behind Takata airbag inflator ruptures said today they have selected Orbital ATK...... Read More »
 

U.S. orders Takata to preserve airbag inflators for federal probe

4:39 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015 | UPDATED: 2/25/15 8:22 pm ET - new story
A federal safety regulator on Wednesday ordered troubled Japanese supplier Takata to preserve all airbag inflators removed through a recall process...... Read More »
 

Is clock ticking on replacement inflators?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015 | UPDATED: 2/23/15 2:03 am ET - notes Ito's departure
Now that Honda has recalled more than 14 million vehicles to fix defective Takata airbag inflators, CEO Takanobu Ito says he is prepared for a...... Read More »
 
NICK BUNKLEY

Year of the Recall wasn't all GM's fault

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
The final tally is in.... Read More »
 

NHTSA to fine Takata $14K a day for failing to 'fully cooperate' in airbag probe

10:31 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015 | UPDATED: 2/20/15 4:15 pm ET - adds details
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today slapped Takata with a $14,000-per-day fine for failing to "fully cooperate" with the...... Read More »
 

Daicel to build U.S. airbag inflator plant earlier than planned

6:24 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
Daicel said it would build a second US factory for airbag inflators in early 2016, bringing forward original plans partly to meet automakers' demand...... Read More »
 

GM names new top lawyer as embattled Millikin retires

9:43 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2015
General Motors has named Craig Glidden, the top attorney at a global plastics and chemicals refiner, to succeed departing chief counsel Michael...... Read More »
 

U.S. judge says he could narrow GM's bankruptcy defense in recall cases

6:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015 | UPDATED: 2/17/15 4:16 pm ET - new story
A federal judge said if General Motors is found to have violated car owners' constitutional rights by hiding ignition-switch defects during its...... Read More »
 

GM gets 75 more claims for compensation; 4 more death claims approved

1:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
General Motors received 75 claims for compensation for ignition-switch defects in its cars last week, bringing the total to 4,312, the official...... Read More »
 

Safety crisis fades off Congress' radar

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Last year's General Motors ignition switch fiasco and the ongoing Takata airbag case appeared to forge consensus for big reforms at the National...... Read More »
 

GM recalling 81,000-plus vehicles over steering problem

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2015
General Motors recalled 81,123 cars because of concerns about their electric power steering systems.... Read More »
 

Honda withdraws 2017 global sales target amid quality concerns

7:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015
Honda said it has scrapped its target of selling 6 million vehicles annually by 2017 because the pressure to reach the objective contributed to the...... Read More »
 

TRW seeks long-term business from Takata airbag customers

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015
TRW Automotive is moving ahead with plans to produce replacement airbag inflators for Takata customers, but only for automakers willing to offer...... Read More »
 

Cars recalled in U.S. reached 64 million in 2014, NHTSA says

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Carmakers recalled about 64 million vehicles in the United States last year, more than double the previous record set in 2004, according to official...... Read More »
 

Takata to double output of replacement inflators to 900,000 a month

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
Takata, racing to meet a huge backlog of orders for replacement airbag inflators, plans to double production to 900,000 units a month by September.... Read More »
 

GM extends top lawyer's stay as search for successor continues

8:56 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
General Motors said it has extended the tenure of its top lawyer, Michael Millikin, whose department was criticized over how it handled the issue of...... Read More »
 

GM gets 57 more claims for faulty ignition switch compensation

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
General Motors received another 57 claims for compensation for ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 4,237,...... Read More »
 

GM rarely weighs in on comp claims

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
General Motors has played the role of infrequent adviser in the handling of its compensation fund for victims of its defective ignition switch.... Read More »
 
EDITORIAL

The goal must be 100% recall notification, repair

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
It's clear that the U.S.... Read More »
 
LETTER TO THE EDITOR

More thoughts on auto safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Crashes still kill more than 30,000 motorists annually and seriously injure as many. Keith Crain's Jan.... Read More »
 

Jaguar Land Rover to recall more than 104,000 SUVs, cars for brake, lighting glitches

10:49 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2015
Jaguar Land Rover North America will recall more than 104,000 SUVs and cars after NHTSA published three notices that highlighted safety concerns that...... Read More »
 

Takata whistleblower willing to testify on deadly airbag flaws

6:23 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
A former Takata engineer has told a US congressional committee he's willing to testify that he warned of deadly consequences before the company chose...... Read More »
 

Takata widens loss forecast as airbag recall costs mount

10:03 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
Takata, the Japanese airbag maker at the center of a safety crisis, widened its loss forecast for this fiscal year as automakers led by Honda...... Read More »
 

GM recalls said to trim executive bonuses while sparing UAW

9:52 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
The cost of General Motors' massive ignition-switch recall will cut into executives’ bonuses for last year, even as UAW members’...... Read More »
 
THE GM RECALL

Deaths linked to defective GM switch expected to rise, fund official says

9:20 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
The number of eligible claims for deaths and injuries linked to the defective GM ignition switch that led to the recall of 2.... Read More »
 

Death exposes recall-system flaws

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
The driver of a Honda Accord who died last month in crash involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator hadn’t been notified that his car was...... Read More »
 

Recall costs, tepid sales torpedo Honda profit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Tepid sales and hefty recall expenses broadsided North American profit at Honda Motor Co.... Read More »
 
NEWS ANALYSIS

TRW recall shows the mess life-saving airbags have become

6:51 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015
Federal regulators' push for a second recall of 2.... Read More »
 

Toyota, Honda, Fiat Chrysler must do 'follow up' recalls of 2.12 million vehicles

10:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2015 | UPDATED: 2/1/15 6:29 am ET - adds TRW statement
Honda, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler will do "follow up" recalls of about 2.... Read More »
 
THE GM RECALL

GM ignition-switch victims accepting offers, Feinberg says

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
General Motors' compensation program for victims of ignition-switch accidents is meeting its goal of sidelining many potential lawsuits, according to...... Read More »
 

Honda crash death exposes weaknesses in recall system

2:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015 | UPDATED: 1/30/15 7:38 pm ET - adds details, photos
The driver of a 2002 Honda Accord who died earlier this month in a crash involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator hadn't been notified that his...... Read More »
 

Honda cuts profit target as Takata airbag recalls bite

2:52 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015 | UPDATED: 1/30/15 11:09 am ET - adds details, Ito pay cut
Honda sliced 6.... Read More »
 
THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

Honda confirms crash death caused by ruptured Takata airbag

6:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015 | UPDATED: 1/30/15 6:40 pm ET - adds details
American Honda on Friday confirmed a Takata airbag ruptured in the fatal crash of a 2002 Accord on January 18 in Texas.... Read More »
 

Toyota recalls 52,000 Avalons to fix potential wiring fire hazard

10:13 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
Toyota Motor Sales USA said it plans to recall about 52,000 Avalon sedans from the 2011-12 model years for wiring that could cause a fire.... Read More »
 

GM denies request by U.S. senators to extend ignition-switch claims deadline

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015 | UPDATED: 1/28/15 4:49 pm ET - adds GM statement
General Motors today denied a request from two US senators to extend the Saturday deadline for victims of the company's defective ignition switch to...... Read More »
 

Ford recalls 221,000 vehicles for door handle, seat belt problems

9:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Ford said it is recalling about 221,000 cars and vans for door handle and seat belt problems.... Read More »
 

Nissan recalls 768,000 crossovers and SUVs for separate problems

9:40 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Nissan is recalling about 768,000 vehicles, including its popular Rogue crossover and Pathfinder SUV, for separate problems, the company and federal...... Read More »
 

GM’s confirmed ignition deaths hit 50 as claims deadline nears

1:14 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Confirmed deaths tied to General Motors' defective ignition switches stand at 50, four times GM’s estimate through much of 2014, as a deadline...... Read More »
 

Claims against GM over ignitions pass 2,800

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
General Motors has received 108 claims for compensation for ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 2,818,...... Read More »
 

Kia recalls nearly 87,000 Forte sedans in U.S. due to fire risk

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Kia is recalling 86,880 Forte sedans in the US because a cooling fan resistor may overheat and melt, increasing the risk of a fire, according to...... Read More »
 

Porsche recalls 13,500 Cayennes, Panameras to fix fuel-seal flaw

7:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Porsche is recalling about 13,500 vehicles worldwide to fix a seal that may allow fuel to evaporate.... Read More »
 

Honda signals shift from Takata, hires rival to supply Accord airbags, report says

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Honda has chosen a competitor of embattled Takata to supply airbags for the next North American version of its Accord sedan, the automaker's...... Read More »
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Despite quality improvements, costly safety issues continue to dog automakers

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 28
In a May evening in 2001, Jacques Nasser sat in his office at Ford Motor Co.'s world headquarters, faced with a choice that auto executives have come to see in their nightmares.
Rollover crashes caused by faulty Firestone tires on FIndustry experts agree that today vehicles are better engineered, safer and higher in quality than they have ever been. Even so, recalls remain a persistent and costly reality. ... » READ
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The road to a recall

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 28
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Recalls can start in one of two ways. In some cases, automakers act on their own. In others, they get nudged by regulators.Here's the process by which vehicles are called back to the dealership. Hover your mouse pointer over each step to learn more. Recalls can start in one of two ways. In some cases, automakers act on their own. In others, they get nudged by regulators. ... » READ
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ODDBALL RECALLS: Mazda6 vs. the yellow sac spider

Not all recalls are created equal.
Many are initiated to address serious safety concerns. Others are issued to fix a minor compliance problem with federal safety standards.
Then there are some that are just bizarre. Here are some of the strange defects that have led automakers to call back their cars for repairs in the United States.
-- Gabe Nelson, gnelson@crain.com

10 biggest recalls of the century

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 28
Even a small safety recall can be trouble, but automakers dread the big ones, which show up on the nightly news, cause widespread disruption and taint their brands. These are the 10 largest automaker-led recall campaigns since 2000, when These are the 10 largest automaker-led recall campaigns since 2000, when Congress passed a law imposing new rules on the disclosure of recalls. ... » READ
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How data mining helped GM limit a recall to 4 cars

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 28
Consider the following scenario. The owner of a Chevrolet brings the car to a dealership, saying its brakes have been locking up. An engineer discovers that a brake valve in the car has a hole in the wrong spot because it was loaded into the wrong ma Tiny recalls are growing across the industry, experts say, as automakers, like drug companies and food manufacturers, build sophisticated data-mining operations to guard against costly and reputation-crippling recalls. ... » READ
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Recalls create service opportunities for dealers

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 28
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Visitors to Roberts Toyota in Columbia, Tenn., this month, might have thought 2014 Camrys were flying off the lot. About half of the 15 Camrys in inventory had "SOLD" signs on them. But they were not sold, at least not yet. The Camrys were a small fr Recalls provide opportunities for dealerships to bring customers into the service department, build customer loyalty and encourage maintenance business. ... » READ
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Safety actions may be a sign of progress, but they remain a costly headache

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 27
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Doesn't it seem like there's a vehicle safety recall practically every other day? Actually, there is. This year, automakers announced 143 recalls in the 273 days through September, affecting as many as 18.5 million cars and light trucks -- well more Doesn't it seem like there's a vehicle safety recall practically every other day? Actually, there is. This year, automakers announced 143 recalls in the 273 days through September, affecting as many as 18.5 million cars and light trucks -- well more ... » READ
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Guiding PR principles are safety, openness

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 27
LOS ANGELES — At their worst, big recalls can lead to upset customers and months of bad press for automakers.Toyota Motor Corp.'s unintended-acceleration recalls kept the company in headlines for months and even landed executives before angry l At their worst, big recalls can lead to upset customers and months of bad press for automakers. ... » READ
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Who pays the bill? Usually the supplier

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 27
When General Motors introduced tougher warranty liability provisions for suppliers last July, it caused angst among suppliers.But GM is hardly the only automaker that wants to cut warranty costs — not only for run-of-the-mill defects, but for r Warranty claims reported by publicly traded companies range from $11 billion to $13 billion a year. That's a powerful incentive for automakers to hold suppliers liable, and they generally find ways to do so. ... » READ
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BEHIND THE NUMBERS

For this report, Automotive News examined a vehicle recall data set made available by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, comprising recalls of more than 98,000 products since 1966, when the first federal auto-safety agency was created.
Entries in the NHTSA data set were then refined to include only original-equipment recalls by automakers and to exclude recalls led by suppliers (including tire makers), as well as recalls of car seats, replacement parts and aftermarket equipment regulated by NHTSA. The entries were then further edited to include only passenger cars and light trucks.
The resulting data set yielded 5,183 unique recalls from 1966 through September, potentially covering more than 500 million units of about 19,000 vehicle models.
Each recall signifies a unique NHTSA campaign number. A single campaign can encompass multiple makes, models and model years affected by a common defect.

-- Gabe Nelson

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