Safety Equipment

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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Takata, automakers to face airbag product-liability cases in Florida court

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015

A court case consolidating dozens of potential class-action lawsuits against Takata and some automakers for defective airbags will go forward in Florida, not elsewhere, as the embattled supplier and some automakers had hoped....
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Takata whistleblower willing to testify on deadly airbag flaws

6:23 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015

A former Takata engineer has told a US congressional committee he's willing to testify that he warned of deadly consequences before the company chose a design for airbags that were later recalled due to lethal flaws....
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Takata widens loss forecast as airbag recall costs mount

10:03 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015

Takata, the Japanese airbag maker at the center of a safety crisis, widened its loss forecast for this fiscal year as automakers led by Honda expanded recalls to investigate the cause of malfunctions....
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Death exposes recall-system flaws

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

The driver of a Honda Accord who died last month in crash involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator hadn’t been notified that his car was included in a June recall. The death highlights some of the pitfalls of the vehicle recall system....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

TRW recall shows the mess life-saving airbags have become

6:51 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015

Federal regulators' push for a second recall of 2.1 million cars and trucks whose airbags could go off while driving delivered more cautionary tales about a complex life-saving technology that's had a very bad year....
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THE GM RECALL

GM ignition-switch victims accepting offers, Feinberg says

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015

General Motors' compensation program for victims of ignition-switch accidents is meeting its goal of sidelining many potential lawsuits, according to the lawyer handling the payments....
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THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

Honda confirms crash death caused by ruptured Takata airbag

6:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015

American Honda on Friday confirmed a Takata airbag ruptured in the fatal crash of a 2002 Accord on January 18 in Texas....
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U.S. driver death rates fall more than a third in 3 years, IIHS says

2:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015

After the year of the recall, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shared some positive news about vehicle safety: The likelihood of driver deaths in late-model vehicles has fallen more than a third in the US in three years, IIHS said in a status report today....
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Autoliv sees 2015 growth, better margins as Q4 beats forecast

7:25 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015

Auto safety products supplier Autoliv today said it saw slightly higher margins in 2015 as it posted fourth quarter earnings above market expectations, helped by strong sales in Europe and lower costs for raw materials....
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Ford recalls 221,000 vehicles for door handle, seat belt problems

9:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015

Ford said it is recalling about 221,000 cars and vans for door handle and seat belt problems. Ford said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the two recalls....
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Nissan recalls 768,000 crossovers and SUVs for separate problems

9:40 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015

Nissan is recalling about 768,000 vehicles, including its popular Rogue crossover and Pathfinder SUV, for separate problems, the company and federal regulators said today....
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Porsche recalls 13,500 Cayennes, Panameras to fix fuel-seal flaw

7:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015

Porsche is recalling about 13,500 vehicles worldwide to fix a seal that may allow fuel to evaporate....
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Honda signals shift from Takata, hires rival to supply Accord airbags, report says

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015

Honda has chosen a competitor of embattled Takata to supply airbags for the next North American version of its Accord sedan, the automaker's best-selling vehicle, two people with knowledge of the decision told Reuters...
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Toyota supplier weighs raising airbag capacity as demand climbs

9:35 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015

Toyoda Gosei, a supplier part-owned by Toyota, is considering increasing its capacity for making airbags to cater to expanding global demand for the safety devices....
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THE TAKATA AIRBAG RECALL

Takata airbag review panel members named by Skinner

10:52 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015

Former Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner said six experts -- including Cerberus Chairman John Snow -- will serve on an independent panel that will oversee Takata's efforts to ensure that its airbag inflators meet federal safety standards....
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Japan's Daicel to lift inflator output after Takata recalls

8:48 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

Japan's Daicel said it would boost production of airbag inflators to meet demand for the component at the heart of rival Takata's quality problems, which have led to the recall of more than 24 million vehicles worldwide since 2008....
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THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

Takata recalls prompt Japan to consider supplier regulations

6:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015

Japanese Transport Minister Akihiro Ohta said today his ministry was considering whether to revise existing laws to beef up oversight of auto suppliers in the wake of massive recalls of Takata airbags....
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Autoliv has contracts for 25 million replacement Takata airbag inflators

12:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015

Autoliv, the world’s largest supplier of automotive airbags, says it has signed contracts with several automakers to deliver up to 25 million inflators to fix potentially defective airbags produced by Takata....
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