Safety Equipment

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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Toyota widens airbag recalls to China, Japan

Dec. 4, 2014 13:07 CET
Toyota has widened a U.S. recall of its vehicles linked to defective airbags made by Takata to include some of the same models in China and Japan, after one of the devices ruptured in a car at a scrapyard in its home country....
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Toyota widens airbag recalls after Japan scrapyard rupture

6:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Toyota Motor widened a recall of its vehicles linked to defective airbags to include some of the same models in Japan and China, after one of the devices ruptured in a car at a scrapyard in its home country....
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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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Honda to expand recalls of driver-side Takata airbags

11:22 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Honda North America today said it would expand its recall of potentially explosive driver-side airbag inflators nationwide in accordance with a request from federal regulators, even as the airbag manufacturer Takata continued to insist it's not necessary....
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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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Takata has yet to find 'root cause' of airbag ruptures, executive says

2:27 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Japanese supplier Takata acknowledged today that it still does not understand what is causing airbag explosions that have hurtled metal shards into vehicles even as it insisted that calls for a broader recall to remedy the problem were misguided....
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Takata chief called to explain airbag crisis to Japan's industry ministry, report says

10:08 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Japan's powerful industry ministry has summoned Shigehisa Takada, chairman and CEO of Takata, to explain what the company is doing to resolve a crisis over potentially deadly airbags, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters....
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Takata investigated defective airbag inflator as early as 2003

9:26 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
As early as 2003, Takata ran an investigation into an airbag inflator that ruptured in a BMW, but concluded the problem was an anomaly, the company said on Tuesday, ahead of a second congressional hearing today on dangerous airbags it supplied....
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Takata Mexico airbag plant inspection finds safety shortcomings

6:37 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Takata, the airbag supplier at the center of a recall crisis, was told by Mexico’s government to take 171 measures to improve health and safety at a plant tasked with making millions of replacement air bags....
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Toyota calls for independent Takata inflator tests throughout industry

2:13 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
Toyota today called for an industrywide initiative to test Takata's airbag inflators to determine whether automakers should expand their regional recalls into nationwide efforts....
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Takata to comply with U.S. order to expand regional recall, Japan report says

6:29 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
Takata is preparing to comply with an order in the United States to expand a region-specific recall nationwide, Japan's Nikkei said today, a move that's likely to add millions more to the tally of cars called back to replace potentially deadly airbags....
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Airbag explosion in scrapyard has Japan weighing more recalls

6:12 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
Japan’s investigation into dangerous airbags is leading to a remote scrapyard in the central Gifu prefecture, where the explosion of a car model not included in current recalls suggests automakers may have to yet again expand their safety campaigns....
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Takata faces questions on airbag risk outside humid areas

6:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
A House panel on Wednesday is expected to press Takata for the results of recent tests that could indicate whether the supplier's airbag inflators might pose a safety hazard outside hot, humid areas. The committee also wants to know whether Takata's replacement inflators are essentially the same design as the company's defective inflators....
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Takata, automaker execs to testify before House on airbags Wednesday

3:12 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Executives of Takata, Toyota, Honda and BMW are scheduled to testify at a committee hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday morning....
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Chrysler will speed Takata airbag recall after heat from regulators

12:10 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is speeding its regional recall of vehicles with defective Takata airbag inflators after federal safety regulators castigated the automaker over the pace....
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Toyota: Active safety for all

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. will step closer to autonomous vehicles when it begins rolling out a range of advanced active safety systems across its mass-market lineup in early 2015. New or re-engineered technologies include more sophisticated precrash braking packages, an improved auto-parking feature, a next-generation auto-adjust headlamp and a vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication system....
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'Investors do not want to have anything to do with Takata shares'

6:33 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Investors are piling into bets against Takata as the U.S. pushes for nationwide recalls to replace its faulty airbags and members of Congress prepare to renew their scrutiny of defects linked to five deaths....
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EDITORIAL

Honda comes clean

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
American Honda Motor Co. belatedly reported that it failed to tell U.S. regulators about 1,729 claims of death or injury linked to possible safety defects in its vehicles since 2003. That's a lot to explain....
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Why Takata rescue would be costly, slow

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2014
Some lawmakers want competing airbag suppliers to help Takata produce enough inflators to repair millions of recalled U.S. vehicles. But Autoliv America's Steve Fredin, who leads one of those rivals, warns that such a rescue would take time -- and money....
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Is NHTSA nominee up to the task?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2014
As an expert on human fatigue, Mark Rosekind is well-suited to steer NHTSA toward the era of autonomous driving and connected-car technologies. But in the near term, Rosekind will have to prove to members of Congress that he is up to the task of revitalizing an agency beset by lapses....
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Toyota recalls more cars for potentially dangerous Takata airbags

Nov. 27, 2014 12:11 CET
Toyota said it will recall 57,000 vehicles globally, including 6,000 cars in Europe, to replace potentially deadly airbags made by Takata, as a safety crisis around the Japanese supplier looks far from being contained....
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Honda says defective Takata airbags in 2002 used different design

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Honda said it was aware of a ruptured Takata airbag inflator in a car that was covered by a 2002 recall but the inflator design was different from one that ruptured in a 2004 accident....
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NHTSA orders Takata to undertake national airbag recall

11:34 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
U.S. regulators formally demanded Takata take part in a nationwide recall of defective airbags, saying the company's piecemeal approach to fixing a potentially deadly flaw in millions of cars is insufficient....
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