Litigation and Regulations

Takata CEO takes out newspaper ads in reaction to airbag crisis

6:57 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Takata, the embattled airbag maker, stepped up its response to a global auto-safety crisis by distributing an open letter from its CEO in U.S. and German newspapers....
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Takata says it has sufficient funds to deal with recalls

10:27 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Airbag maker Takata has sufficient funds to deal with a global recall that has climbed to about 21 million vehicles after five deaths linked to its products, the company's CEO told the Nikkei newspaper....
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Honda ran tests on fatal airbag flaw, frustrated by Takata reticence, report says

7:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Honda was so concerned by mounting recalls for Takata airbags -- and frustrated by its supplier's failure to explain why some have exploded, killing five people with shrapnel -- that it bought used and scrapped cars in Japan to conduct its own tests....
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THE GM RECALL

GM customers demand payment for 'callous cover-up' of defect

7:56 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Owners of General Motors cars with faulty ignition switches turned to the only judge who can help them, saying it's wrong to shield the automaker behind bankruptcy law....
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The road ahead for NHTSA's new chief

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Mark Rosekind, confirmed to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, faces immediate pressure to take a tougher stance with automakers and suppliers on safety matters, reset the agency's culture and manage the coming wave of autonomous-vehicle and other advanced technologies....
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Honda recalls 569,000 vehicles in China over Takata airbags

6:49 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Honda is calling back about 569,000 vehicles in China to investigate potential defects with airbags made by Takata, underscoring the global reach of the safety crisis after similar campaigns in the US, Canada and Japan....
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THE GM RECALL

GM approves 4 more death claims for recall comp fund

11:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Claims for compensation from a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles rose by 64 filings in the last week and GM has approved four more death claims attributed to the defective switch, according to an official report issued today....
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Takata tightens screws on suppliers as airbag crisis mounts, report says

8:05 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014
Takata has begun enforcing tighter quality controls on a group of parts suppliers as the auto safety equipment maker boosts production to replace millions of air bags recalled for a potentially deadly defect, people familiar with the situation told Reuters....
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JAMES B. TREECE

FTC finds fine print too fine, imposes fines

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014
Dealers should remember Americans are getting older. And while smartphone screens are getting bigger, they're still dinky compared to that big-screen TV on your wall. Think big print....
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Chrysler expands airbag recall tally following NHTSA criticism

6:31 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Chrysler Group has agreed to further expand its regional recall of older-model Dodge and Chrysler vehicles equipped with airbag inflators manufactured by Takata -- a week after federal safety regulators criticized the automaker's response to the airbag crisis....
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Takata patent history shows decades spent seeking safer airbags

6:35 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
Airbag patents show researchers probed ways to make the devices more durable and the explosive propellant inside them more stable for decades before Takata products designed to save lives started killing people....
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Honda planning worldwide recall for Takata airbags, Ito says

5:53 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Honda President Takanobu Ito said his company is planning to launch a worldwide investigative airbag recall, just days after extending a similar callback in the United States. Ito also expressed frustration with the response of Japanese airbag supplier Takata, but said Honda will offer support if Takata tips into financial difficulties....
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Nissan settles class-action suit claiming faulty brakes

12:38 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Nissan North America has agreed to reimburse customers between $20 and $800 each to resolve a lawsuit alleging that defects in certain vehicles caused brakes to fail suddenly, according to court papers....
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Nissan recalls about 470,000 SUVs, cars for possible fuel leaks

9:51 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Nissan said today it is recalling about 470,000 SUVs and cars globally for possible fuel leaks. Nissan is recalling the vehicles from model years 2012 through 2015 because fuel pressure sensors may not have been sufficiently tightened during production....
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U.S. judge stalls Takata class action as jurisdiction gets decided

6:43 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Consumers can't immediately pursue a lawsuit against Takata and multiple carmakers claiming loss of vehicle value tied to airbag recalls while awaiting a decision that would combine more than 50 cases before one judge....
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Takata brass waits in the bunker as airbag crisis grows

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Takata promoted Swiss-born Stefan Stocker to president last year to inject global thinking and openness into the insular, family-dominated Japanese supplier. But the company has been anything but transparent in its response to the worldwide uproar over exploding airbag inflators....
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THE GM RECALL

Two more deaths eligible for GM compensation

1:26 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Claims deemed eligible for compensation from a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles rose slightly in the last week, including two additional deaths attributed to the defective switch, according to an official report today....
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Takata fixing lapses at Mexico airbag plant

6:33 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Takata said it will fix lapses identified by the Mexico government at the same airbag plant that Toyota prevented its own employees from visiting for unspecified safety concerns....
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JCI's Molinaroli says employees 'rallied around' him after scandal

2:01 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Johnson Controls CEO Alex Molinaroli, in his first public comment regarding his extramarital affair involving a former consultant to the company, said his employees and the community have “rallied around” him since news of the scandal broke two months ago....
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Defiant Takata puts onus on carmakers for U.S.-demanded recalls

1:32 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Takata's refusal to comply with a federal demand to widen its airbag recall leaves regulators in a quandary: take the parts supplier to court or try to convince automakers to do the job instead....
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NHTSA nominee Rosekind pledges tougher stance, 'common sense'

2:28 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Mark Rosekind pledged to make the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a tougher auto safety watchdog if confirmed as the agency’s new administrator....
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Honda's escalating airbag crisis frays half-century ties

6:35 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Honda signaled a growing rift in its more than 50-year relationship with airbag maker Takata, as the automaker struggles to contain a crisis that's killed five motorists in its cars....
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Chrysler and Ford expand regional airbag recalls

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Chrysler Group says it will expand its recall of about 149,000 pickup trucks in 12 states and territories to include passenger-side airbag inflators, made by supplier Takata. But hours after the announcement, the nation's top vehicle safety agency called the expansion "insufficient."...
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NHTSA demands info about Takata's airbag propellant

7:37 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has demanded that Takata produce documents and answer questions under oath about its use of ammonium nitrate as a propellant in its airbag inflators, according to documents posted on NHTSA's website Wednesday....
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Takata poised for clash in Congress after rejecting U.S. recall

6:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Airbag supplier Takata’s rejection of demands to recall vehicles across the United States sets the stage for a confrontation with members of Congress critical of its response to potentially deadly defects....
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