TIMELINE: Takata's airbag crisis began in 2008
Here is a recap of Takata's airbag recall crisis that culminated with the supplier's bankruptcy filings in the U.S. and Japan on Sunday:
Nov. 4 - Honda Motor Co. recalls 4,000 Accords and Civics (2001 models) globally, saying Takata airbag inflators may produce excessive internal pressure causing them to rupture and spray metal fragments in the car.
May 27 - Oklahoma teen Ashley Parham dies when the airbag in her 2001 Honda Accord explodes, shooting metal fragments into her neck. Honda and Takata deny fault and settle for an undisclosed sum.
Dec. 24 - Gurjit Rathore is killed in Virginia when the airbag in a 2001 Accord explodes after a minor accident, severing arteries in her neck, court documents show. Her family sues Honda and Takata for more than $75 million in April 2011, claiming they knew of the airbag problems as early as 2004. Honda and Takata settle in January 2013 for $3 million, according to court documents.
Feb. 9 - Honda expands earlier airbag recalls.
April 27 - Honda recalls 896,000 Honda and Acura 2001-03 cars in order to find defective Takata airbag inflators installed as replacement parts.
Dec. 1 - Honda again expands recalls.
April 11 - Toyota Motor, Honda, Nissan Motor and Mazda Motor recall 3.4 million vehicles globally due to possibly defective Takata airbags.
April 18 - Takata books extraordinary loss of $307 million for year to March 2013 for recall-related costs.
May 7 - BMW joins recalls.
May 10 - Takata posts record $212.5 million annual net loss, and names Swiss national Stefan Stocker as president, the first foreigner in the post.
Sept. 3 - Devin Xu dies in a 2002 Acura TL sedan in a parking lot accident near Los Angeles from "apparent facial trauma due to foreign object inside airbag."
June 11 - Toyota expands prior recall to 2.27 million vehicles globally; U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opens probe, examining whether driving in high humidity regions contributes to the risk of Takata airbag explosions. Takata says there is nothing to indicate any inflator safety defects.
June 23 - Honda, Nissan and Mazda recall 2.95 million vehicles, expanding an April 2013 recall, bringing the total recall to about 10.5 million vehicles over five years.
June 26 - Takata CEO apologizes to shareholders.
July 16 - BMW recalls about 1.6 million cars worldwide.
July 18 - Takata says it will book a special loss of about 45 billion yen ($440 million) in April-June for recalls.
Oct. 2 - Orlando woman Hien Thi Tran dies four days after her 2001 Accord is in an accident in which the airbag explodes, shooting out shrapnel.
Oct. 22 - NHTSA expands total number of U.S. vehicles recalled for Takata airbags to 7.8 million over past 18 months.
Oct. 27 - A first case seeking class-action status is filed in Florida, claiming Takata and automakers, including Honda and Toyota, concealed crucial information on airbags.
Nov. 6 - Takata warns of bigger full-year loss, and pays no interim dividend for the first time since 2006.
Nov. 6 - The New York Times reports Takata ordered technicians to destroy results of tests on some airbags after finding cracks in inflators. Democratic lawmakers call for criminal probe into Takata.
Nov. 13 - Honda says a woman - later identified as Law Suk Leh, 43 - died in Malaysia in July after being hit by shrapnel from a Takata airbag in her Honda. It was the first such fatality outside the U.S. Takata says it has modified the composition of its airbag propellant. Honda widens recalls, taking its total to nearly 10 million.
Nov. 20 - U.S. Senate holds a hearing into the Takata airbag crisis.
Dec. 3 - Takata says it was unable yet to find 'root cause' of airbag ruptures.
Dec. 11 - Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi add to recalls in Japan.
Dec. 16 - Honda recalls around 570,000 cars in China over Takata airbags
Dec. 17 - Mark Rosekind confirmed as new head of NHTSA.
Dec. 24 - Stocker steps down as Takata president.
Jan. 29 - Honda says 35-year-old Carlos Solis was killed in Houston in a 2002 Accord fitted with a Takata airbag that may have ruptured.
Feb. 10 - Takata plans to double output of replacement airbag inflators by September.
Feb. 20 - U.S. regulators impose daily fine of $14,000 on Takata for failing to fully cooperate with airbag probe.
March 23 - Honda hires U.S. engineering consultancy Exponent to investigate Takata airbag faults.
May 8 - Takata says it expects to return to profit in 2015-16.
May 13 - Toyota says it will recall 5 million cars globally, including Corolla and Vitz models from 2003-07; taking overall global recalls to more than 31 million in eight years.
May 14 - Honda, Daihatsu add 5 million cars to Takata airbag recall.
May 22 - Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru add 715,000 more cars to recall total.
May 28 - Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Honda add to recalls.
June 2 - Takata plans to transition away from ammonium nitrate used in airbag inflators.
June 4 - Takata identifies at least 400,000 faulty airbag replacement parts.
June 12 - Honda confirms that Kylan Langlinais' death in April was caused by a faulty Takata airbag rupture in her 2005 Civic, bringing the death toll to seven.
June 19 - Death toll rises to eight as Honda confirms Jewel Brangman's death was caused by the Takata airbag in the 2001 Honda Civic she had rented.
June 25 - Takata president makes public apology.
June 26 - Takata cuts CEO's pay nearly in half.
July 8 - Nissan says Takata airbag caused fire in Japan crash.
July 9 - Honda adds 4.5 million cars to recalls due to Takata airbags.
Aug. 20 - U.S. senators urge recall on all autos with Takata airbags.
Nov. 5 - Mazda snubs Takata; supplier's survival in doubt.
Nov. 25 - Toyota will replace 1.6 million Takata airbag inflators in Japan previously deemed safe.
Dec. 4 - Japan bans certain Takata airbag inflators for future cars.
Dec. 23 - Eighth U.S. death linked to Takata airbags confirmed.
Jan. 26 - Takata says 5.1 million more vehicles in U.S. have defective airbag inflators.
Feb. 10 - Volkswagen, Audi, BMW recall 1.7 million U.S. cars with Takata airbags.
Feb. 12 - Takata engineer refused to testify in airbag failure lawsuit, lawyer says.
Feb. 22 - Takata may be forced to recall up to 90 million more airbag inflators in U.S.
Feb. 23 - Investigators find that Takata airbag ruptures caused by mix of three factors.
March 30 - Takata said to put worst-case recall costs at $24 billion.
April 6 - Honda, U.S. say new Takata airbag death reported in Texas.
May 4 - U.S. orders massive expansion of Takata recalls.
May 5 - Honda says 2 more deaths in Malaysia linked to Takata airbags.
May 11 - Takata looks at restructuring after posting loss on recall cost.
May 16 - Hawaii first state to sue Takata, alleges cover-up.
May 27 - Eight automakers recall 12 million U.S. vehicles over Takata airbags.
June 1 - Senate report says four automakers continue selling some vehicles with defective Takata airbags.
June 10 - Toyota tells U.S. dealers to disclose future Takata recalls.
June 30 - U.S. tells certain 2001-03 Honda owners to stop driving the cars.
Sept. 23 - U.S. regulators release internal Takata report that the company failed to report 2003 airbag rupture to NHTSA.
Oct. 20 - 11th U.S. death related to Takata airbags reported by Honda.
Dec. 6 - AutoNation Inc. reverses 16-month ban on the sale of used vehicles with unrepaired safety recalls. The move was blasted by two U.S. senators.
Dec. 28 - Report says Takata could pay up to $1 billion to settle U.S. criminal probe.
Jan. 13 - Takata to plead guilty, pay $1 billion penalty over airbag defects; 3 former executives indicted.
Jan. 19 - Another round of Takata airbag recalls filed by 13 automakers.
Feb. 1 - Takata quietly parts ways with two top North American executives. It remained unclear who was in charge of the operations, based near Detroit.
Feb. 27 - Takata pleads guilty to U.S. fraud charge linked to faulty airbags.
April 19 - Honda says U.S. driver seriously injured by Takata inflator rupture.
April 26 - Takata stock trading suspended after reported bankruptcy filing plan.
May 10 - Takata reports 3rd consecutive annual loss.
May 18 - Four automakers agree to $553 million settlement to resolve Takata claims.
June 1 - Lawmaker says most of 46 million recalled Takata inflators in U.S. not fixed.
June 25 - Takata files for bankruptcy in Japan and the U.S. Key Safety Systems, a U.S.-based auto supplier owned by the Chinese, agrees to purchase most of Takata's assets for $1.6 billion.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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