Safety & Recalls

 

Honda admits under-reporting serious U.S. accidents since 2003

Posted 4:10 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 24
American Honda failed to tell federal safety regulators about more than 1,700 claims of deaths or injuries linked to possible safety defects in its... ... » READ
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Takata to face U.S. House hearing into airbag crisis

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/24/14 6:50 pm ET
Takata and Honda executives will return to Capitol Hill next week to testify about the growing safety crisis surrounding Takata airbag inflators that...... Read More »
THE GM RECALL

Conviction of Saturn Ion driver thrown out after 10 years

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
A Texas judge today overturned a 7-year-old negligent homicide conviction against a woman whose boyfriend died when her Saturn Ion -- now known to...... Read More »
 

Airbag inflator shortage plagues industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Honda and other automakers that have recalled vehicles equipped with Takata airbags are trapped in a nasty dilemma.... Read More »
 
EDITORIAL

More time for victims

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
General Motors is right to extend the deadline for victims of faulty ignition switches to apply for compensation.... Read More »
 

Frustrated senators blast Takata, signal more safety legislation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2014
Senators' frustration with what they see as an inconsistent and disorganized response to the Takata airbag recall crisis boiled over last week,...... Read More »
 

Takata exec warns about ability to fix deadly airbag flaw

6:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
An executive from Japan's Takata told lawmakers on Thursday the supplier is urgently trying to ramp up replacement parts for millions of vehicles...... Read More »
 

Chrysler says it will speed up recall repairs for Jeep SUVs

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Chrysler Group said on Friday it was not satisfied with the speed of repairs of recalled Jeep SUVs that face a heightened fire risk and will enhance...... Read More »
 

Toyota to recall 422,000 Lexus vehicles in U.S. due to fuel leak

11:42 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/21/14 5:26 pm ET - adds Oct. 15 statement
Toyota will recall 422,509 of its luxury brand Lexus vehicles in the United States because of a possible fuel leak that increases the risk of fire,...... Read More »
 

Honda admits failures in Takata airbag fiasco

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
A Honda executive told Congress today that the company failed to properly notify federal regulators of some crashes in which airbags made by Takata...... Read More »
 

Millions of cars need airbag fix as Senate grills auto industry

6:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
The world's biggest automakers have fixed a fraction of almost 8 million cars recalled for Takata airbags, providing fuel for a Senate committee the...... Read More »
 

U.S. lawmakers plan bill to encourage auto employees to report faulty parts

10:25 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Two US senators plan to introduce legislation today to encourage employees in the auto industry to report information on faulty parts to federal...... Read More »
 
REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT

Takata airbag plant in Mexico with troubled past at center of probe

9:07 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Takata's plant in Ciudad Frontera, Mexico, has been confirmed as the source of defective airbags made in 2001 and 2002 and again around 2012, Reuters...... Read More »
 
THE GM RECALL

GM sued by Arizona on claims it hid safety defects

6:59 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/20/14 4:08 pm ET - adds GM statement
Arizona filed a lawsuit against General Motors, claiming the carmaker put the public at risk by concealing safety defects to avoid the cost of...... Read More »
 

NHTSA's decision to decline Takata documents spurs criticism

10:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Five months after an exploding airbag killed a Virginia woman on Christmas Eve of 2009, the manufacturer offered the National Highway Traffic Safety...... Read More »
 

Ford, GM business seen buoying Takata as U.S. probes airbags

6:44 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Carmakers continue to support Takata even as the Japanese supplier suffers widening scrutiny by United States regulators over airbags blamed for at...... Read More »
 

GM getting positive reviews on Wall Street despite record recalls

8:51 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
If relative value means anything, GM may be the best buy in the auto industry.... Read More »
 

TIMELINE -- Takata airbag recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Following are some key events leading to the recall of several million cars fitted with potentially defective air bags made by Japanese supplier...... Read More »
 

Toyota's Lentz says more replacement inflators coming next month

6:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Toyota, seeking to speed up progress on a recall begun in 2013, is anticipating a greater supply of inflators for Takata airbags being replaced in...... Read More »
 

Takata faces nationwide recall order for driver's-side airbags

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/18/14 10:45 pm ET - adds details, responses
Federal safety regulators are seeking to expand regional recalls of faulty driver's-side airbags made by Takata into a nationwide campaign, prompting...... Read More »
 

Ford recalls 65,000 Fusion models on ignition key issues

9:17 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/18/14 8:59 pm ET
Ford said today it is recalling about 65,000 Fusion sedans in North America because the key can be removed from the ignition even if the car is not...... Read More »
 

GM grants another month for victim filings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
General Motors said late Sunday it agreed to extend the deadline for victims of faulty ignition switches to apply for compensation by another month...... Read More »
 

GM's bankruptcy judge to retire, remain on recall status

3:32 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
The New York bankruptcy judge overseeing part of the fallout from General Motors' problems with faulty ignition switches will retire from the bench,...... Read More »
 

TRW investment to help Takata replace defective airbags would be short-term, ZF CEO says

4:49 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
ZF Friedrichshafen is ready to invest more through TRW Automotive in airbag inflator output to meet replacement demand following the recall of...... Read More »
 
EDITORIAL

Takata must supply answers, replacement parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
It's time for Takata to open up about airbags it manufactured that have prompted recalls of about 11 million vehicles in the United States since 2008.... Read More »
 

Mustang driver injured by airbag fragment in N.C. crash

10:40 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014
Ford said on Sunday night it was cooperating with federal safety regulators investigating a report the driver of a 2007 Ford Mustang was injured in...... Read More »
 

What is a recall? Automakers confuse drivers in deadly airbag saga

10:48 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014
More than 17 million cars with Takata airbags have been recalled worldwide, including over 11 million in the United States.... Read More »
 

Rehired exec at center of Takata storm

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2014
This past summer, Takata rehired a retired engineering executive to oversee its embattled quality-control operation -- an executive who is now at the...... Read More »
 
THE GM RECALL

Former GM engineer at center of recall crisis says 'I did my job the best I could'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2014
The General Motors engineer often identified as responsible for a faulty ignition switch that has been linked to 32 deaths said "I did my job the...... Read More »
 

Ford extends Ranger recall in U.S. to look at driver's side airbag

8:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2014
A recall of Ford Ranger pickup trucks in the United States was expanded to include more flawed Takata airbags after a fatal accident in Malaysia...... Read More »
 

Senate to hold hearing on Takata airbag recalls; company subpoenaed by U.S. grand jury

6:24 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/14/14 7:53 am ET - adds Honda statement
A Senate Committee hearing into the recalls of defective Takata airbags that have so far been linked to five deaths is slated for next Thursday, the...... Read More »
 
THE GM RECALL

Delphi turns over GM recall evidence in deal with plaintiffs

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/13/14 6:10 pm ET - adds details
Delphi Automotive agreed to give thousands of documents to lawyers suing General Motors over faulty ignition switches and to let the lawyers speak...... Read More »
 

Honda discloses 5th Takata-linked airbag fatality, issues recall

6:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/13/14 11:34 am ET - adds details
The death toll linked to defective Takata airbags grew to five today with Honda disclosing the first fatality outside the United States and calling...... Read More »
 

TIMELINE -- Takata airbag recalls

12:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Following are some key events leading to the recall of several million cars fitted with potentially defective air bags made by Japanese supplier...... Read More »
 

Takata disputes report it hid airbag tests before recall crisis

9:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Takata said it tested airbags in 2004 for an issue separate from the flaw at the center of an auto-safety crisis, disputing a report by the New...... Read More »
 

Barra to sit out award ceremony following protests

10:17 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/13/14 1:42 pm ET - adds details
General Motors said Wednesday that CEO Mary Barra will sit out an award ceremony in her honor next week following protests from a group of family and...... Read More »
 

Feinberg may seek GM switch-related cases in regulator files

12:02 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
The lawyer handling General Motors' compensation for victims of accidents tied to its faulty ignition switches said he'll consider an auto safety...... Read More »
 

Chrysler to begin replacing Takata airbag inflators in U.S. in Dec.

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/11/14 2:50 pm ET - adds details
Chrysler will begin replacing potentially defective airbag inflators made by Takata in more than 371,000 vehicles in early December, according to...... Read More »
 

Mercedes recalls 10,500 C-class cars in U.S. for steering defect

12:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 10,509 C-class compacts from model year 2015 in the United States because some cars can lose steering function at low...... Read More »
 
CULTURAL EVOLUTION

Barra pinning GM's transformation on small changes that add up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Instead of a broad culture shift, General Motors CEO Mary Barra is pressing employees for small changes — singular moments of candor and...... Read More »
 

GM switch fund approves 2 more death, 4 injury claims

12:07 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
A program to compensate the victims of a faulty ignition switch in GM vehicles found last week that the part was linked to two additional deaths and...... Read More »
 

GM ordered new ignition switches months before recall, report says

10:59 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/10/14 11:25 am ET -- update GM's statement
GM ordered a half-million new replacement ignition switches nearly two months before it told federal safety regulators about the safety issues which...... Read More »
 

Nissan expands recalls over possibly deadly airbag failures

4:04 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 8, 2014
Nissan expanded a recall of cars and SUVs in high-humidity regions suspected of having defective airbag inflators that can shoot metal shrapnel at...... Read More »
 
THE AIRBAG RECALL CRISIS

Reports of Takata coverup 'require a criminal investigation,' lawmakers say

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/7/14 4:29 pm ET - adds Takata statement
Lawmakers have called for a federal criminal probe into Japanese auto supplier Takata following a report that the company destroyed results of airbag...... Read More »
 

Chrysler expands Jeep trailer hitch recall outreach after low initial response

12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
Chrysler Group will expand efforts to reach more owners of older Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys for a recall campaign after initial mailings drew...... Read More »
 

Honda upgrades Takata airbag repair campaign in U.S. to recall

10:14 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Honda, the automaker most affected by an auto-safety crisis involving Japanese supplier Takata, said it would upgrade a airbag repair campaign in the...... 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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