Safety Equipment

Takata more forthcoming on airbag probe, NHTSA chief says

10:21 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Takata, subject to a $14,000 daily fine from U.S. regulators, has started to become more cooperative about documents involving a deadly defect in its airbag inflators, NHTSA chief said Mark Rosekind said. The government, as part of a probe into defective airbags in millions of cars, has accused Takata of dumping millions pages of documents on NHTSA without a guide or explanation of the content....
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GM settles second ignition-switch lawsuit with parents of Georgia victim

11:30 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

The Georgia parents who forced GM to acknowledge an ignition switch defect linked to the deaths of their daughter and at least 64 other people have settled a second case against the company, their lawyers said today. The terms of the new settlement are confidential. GM revealed the ignition switch defect in February 2014, when it announced a recall that was eventually expanded to cover 2.6 million small cars....
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Honda ads will urge drivers to seek Takata airbag fixes

8:00 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

American Honda on Monday will launch an ad campaign urging owners to fix vehicles recalled for Takata airbag inflators at risk of exploding during a crash....
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Hyundai Genesis recalled over possible incorrect gear position display

1:54 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

Hyundai is recalling about 24,400 2015 Genesis luxury sedans for a water leak issue that could lead to shifter display problems in the car....
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Death toll from defective GM ignition switches rises by 7 to 64

4:45 pm U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

The death toll from GM's defective ignition switch has risen by seven fatalities from a week earlier to 64, the administrator of the company's compensation fund said Monday....
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Fiat Chrysler joins GM in grappling with troubled ignition switches

6:51 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is facing a burgeoning recall problem with ignition switches that is similar to the troubles faced last year by General Motors. Fiat Chrysler said Friday it is doing a second recall of 703,000 minivans and SUVs with a defective ignition switch that can rotate out of position....
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EDITORIAL

Takata airbag crisis must be solved ASAP

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Public safety must be the paramount concern. The auto industry and regulators must work to solve the immediate airbag recall crisis as rapidly as possible. And both must prepare to intensify efforts if the current recall expands....
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NHTSA faces dilemma on expediting Takata recalls

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

As U.S. auto safety regulators mull an order to speed the Takata airbag recalls, they face a vexing problem: capacity. It's unclear whether suppliers can speed production of the inflators beyond their current expansion plans, or how quickly they could do so....
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NHTSA could tap unexercised authority to speed Takata recalls

7:53 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015

Federal auto safety regulators are considering unprecedented steps to speed up the replacement of potentially deadly Takata airbags in millions of cars that remain on American roads despite massive recalls initiated by automakers....
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Takata says tests show airbag failures occur in older vehicles in hot regions

3:51 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Takata said today that its ongoing tests of recalled airbag inflators have supported the company's view that failures are most likely to occur in older vehicles in hot, humid regions....
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FCA recalls 2,211 Hellcats after fuel leak discovered

10:29 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling its brand-new, top-end 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats after a dealer discovered a fuel leak on a car being delivered from the factory. The recall affects 2,211 vehicles....
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Airbag-safety vet leads hunt for Takata clues

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

David Kelly, the former federal auto safety regulator chosen to coordinate automakers' investigation into Takata airbag explosions, is no stranger to the issue of airbags endangering lives they're designed to save....
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Auto safety advocate's work on airbags goes back to 1996

1:51 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015

David Kelly, the former acting chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, was hired this week to oversee the 10-automaker consortium searching for the root cause behind Takata airbag explosions. But this isn't the first time that Kelly has had to deal with airbags endangering lives they're designed to save....
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U.S. orders Takata to preserve airbag inflators for federal probe

4:39 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015

A federal safety regulator on Wednesday ordered troubled Japanese supplier Takata to preserve all airbag inflators removed through a recall process as evidence for a federal investigation and private litigation cases....
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Is clock ticking on replacement inflators?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

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 difficult possibility: If the replacements also go bad someday, they would need to be replaced too....
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NHTSA to fine Takata $14K a day for failing to 'fully cooperate' in airbag probe

10:31 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today slapped Takata with a $14,000-per-day fine for failing to "fully cooperate" with the agency's investigation into exploding airbag inflators made by the supplier that have been linked to at least six deaths. NHTSA also warned Takata that it will refer the situation to the Department of Justice if it fails to remedy the situation....
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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 for alternatives to potentially deadly inflators made by Takata....
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Mazda2 gets bigger, lighter and bolder

Feb. 17, 2015 06:01 CET

Mazda expects its latest Mazda2 hatchback to make a bigger impact in Europe's highly competitive subcompact segment than the current model because of its more aggressive design, improved interior and a wide range of safety equipment....
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Suppliers develop rear-seat airbags

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2015

Airbag suppliers, which have developed an array of airbags, side curtains and knee bolsters to protect front-seat occupants, are starting to design a new generation of airbags for rear-seat passengers....
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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 guarantees of long-term business....
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TRW says adjusted Q4 profits rose 26%

9:24 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015

TRW Automotive Holdings, which is being acquired by German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG, today said fourth-quarter adjusted earnings grew 26 percent from last year....
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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 quality lapses that led to record recalls last year....
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Takata sued by recyclers for lost airbag values

2:41 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015

The Automotive Recyclers Association has filed a lawsuit against Takata, claiming that auto recyclers that wanted to salvage and resell Takata-made airbags will be unable to do so....
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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. The embattled supplier is boosting output of replacement inflators for automakers that have recalled nearly 25 million vehicles globally since 2008....
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Ex-Takata engineer talks to plaintiffs' attorneys

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015

A former Takata Corp. engineer plans to work with plaintiffs' attorneys against the embattled supplier, arguing that its recalled airbag inflators suffer a key chemistry flaw....
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