Recalls

Honda driver's death in La. may be 7th from recalled Takata airbags

6:40 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

A Louisiana woman who got an airbag recall notice for her 2005 Honda Civic two days after the crash that killed her may be the seventh fatality linked to the defective Takata safety device....
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U.S. weighs charges against GM following ignition switch recall, WSJ says

9:23 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

Federal prosecutors are considering wire-fraud charges against General Motors stemming from its decade-long delay in recalling cars with a defective ignition switch linked to 111 deaths, The Wall Street Journal reported today....
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GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 111

3:05 pm U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

General Motors’ defective ignition switches are now linked to 111 deaths, up two more from a week ago, the office administering GM’s victim compensation fund said....
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NHTSA pledges closer scrutiny of automakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Automakers and suppliers can expect tougher data requests and more frequent audits from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency said Friday, June 5, as it outlined a plan to prevent safety lapses similar to General Motors' ignition switch crisis of 2014....
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EDITORIAL

Takata opens up, and it's terrifying

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

The deeper investigators dig into the Takata airbag recall, the worse it gets....
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NHTSA takes charge; Takata plays second fiddle

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 7, 2015

Last month's consent decree between NHTSA and Takata has already changed the course and pace of what will be one of the largest and most complex recalls in U.S. history....
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Takata will give quality chief more authority with board role

4:45 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

Takata, the troubled Japanese supplier behind the massive global airbag recall crisis, will give the executive in charge of quality assurance, Hiroshi Shimizu, more authority by naming him to the board of directors....
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FCA hearing by NHTSA to proceed, despite automaker's changes

4:08 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to proceed with a July 2 public hearing to probe Fiat Chrysler's handling of 20 recalls despite several changes and new initiatives by the company designed to improve its recall performance....
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Takata identifies at least 400,000 faulty airbag replacement parts, report says

12:31 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

At least 400,000 of the 4 million replacement inflators for defective Takata airbags will need to be replaced again in U.S. vehicles, sources at NHTSA and the Japanese safety equipment maker told Reuters....
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Takata plans to 'transition' away from ammonium nitrate in airbags

3:18 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Takata plans to “transition” away from using a volatile chemical in its airbag inflators, a top executive from the embattled supplier told a panel of U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday....
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Canada seeks recall powers akin to U.S.

4:54 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Canada’s Transport Minister Lisa Raitt is introducing a law that would give her the authority to force companies to recall faulty vehicles....
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Takata will drop a troublesome airbag inflator design

3:53 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Takata will stop producing one type of driver-side airbag inflator that's used in more than 17 million U.S. vehicles covered by its expanded recalls, a top Takata executive plans to tell lawmakers on Tuesday....
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GM ignition-switch death toll inches up to 109

2:23 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

The death toll from General Motors’ defective ignition switches is up to 109, the office administering GM’s compensation fund said....
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GM recalls 375,000 heavy-duty trucks with Takata airbags

5:23 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

GM is recalling about 375,000 heavy-duty pickup trucks equipped with passenger-side airbag inflators made by Takata. And Subaru will expand a recall of Impreza compact cars with Takata airbags to about 80,000 from 20,000....
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Takata's U.S. deal will lead to faster airbag fixes, Foxx says

6:43 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

The legal order signed by troubled supplier Takata with federal regulators last week will speed the investigation to determine the reason airbags are exploding and injuring motorists, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said....
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Key Safety ramps up airbag inflator production

4:10 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

Automotive safety components supplier Key Safety Systems said today it will ramp up production of airbag inflators beginning in December....
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Honda expands airbag recall in Japan

4:32 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

The global Takata airbag recall widened again today with Honda calling back another quarter million vehicles in Japan equipped with possibly defective airbag inflators....
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BMW recalls vehicles with Takata airbags

May 28, 2015 21:31 CET

BMW is recalling 420,661 vehicles in the U.S. due to issues involving Takata airbags. The automaker is recalling 20 models to replace driver-side front airbag inflators....
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FCA, Ford, Honda expand Takata airbag recalls

2:17 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

Following Takata's admission last week that its defective airbags were in millions of U.S. vehicles, Fiat Chrysler will add more than 1.8 million vehicles vehicles to its Takata recalls while Ford will add more than 950,000 to its campaigns....
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GM ignition-switch suits put on ice by U.S. judge, for now

6:22 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday put on hold dozens of lawsuits accusing General Motors of concealing an ignition-switch defect while the plaintiffs in those cases appeal an earlier ruling that found their cases were barred....
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Ex-GM engineer Ray DeGiorgio to be deposed in ignition-switch lawsuit

3:58 pm U.S. ET | May 27, 2015

Former General Motors engineer Ray DeGiorgio will be deposed in June in the class-action filed by consumers against the automaker over the faulty ignition switches now linked to 107 deaths, Texas lawyer Bob Hilliard's office confirmed today....
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Ford recalls 423,000 vehicles for power-steering issue

10:55 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2015

Ford today said it is recalling nearly 423,000 sedans and crossovers for a power-steering problem that federal regulators have been investigating since last fall. It also issued a smaller recall for a different issue in some 2015 Ford Mustangs....
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House panel sets hearing on Takata recalls

3:19 pm U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

A House of Representatives panel has called a June 2 hearing to probe the Takata airbag recalls that last week mushroomed to cover 34 million vehicles....
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EDITORIAL

Vigor, vigilance are just what we need from NHTSA

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Federal auto regulators are cracking down. This month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has forced Takata Corp. finally to admit that its recalled airbags are defective and has set a July 2 public hearing to investigate Fiat Chrysler's performance in a series of 20 recalls....
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'NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN'

NHTSA's Rosekind lays down the law, and the industry is rattled

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2015

NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind is invoking extraordinary powers and tools to clear up logjams on recalls, pressure automakers and get unsafe cars off the road. He is leaving his imprint on an agency that has come under heavy criticism in recent years that it's too timid, too slow and too cozy with the industry it polices....
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