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Nissan Says to Expand U.S. Regional Recall for Takata Air Bags

Nissan Motor Co said on Friday it would expand an investigative recall in certain U.S. regions to replace air bags made by Takata Corp, adding about 45,000 Sentras from the 2004-2006 model years that weren’t included previously, reported Reuters. Japan’s second-largest automaker has informed the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about its plans to ... Read More »

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Honda Hires U.S. Engineering Firm Exponent to Probe Takata Air Bags

Honda Motor Co has hired Exponent, a U.S.-based engineering consulting company enlisted by Toyota Motor Corp during its recall crisis in 2010, to investigate the cause of ruptures in some air bags made by Takata Corp, reported Reuters. The hiring of Exponent was first reported by Japan’s Jiji News on Monday and confirmed by a ... Read More »

Chrysler to Recall More Than 228,000 Jeep Cherokees

Chrysler will recall more than 228,000 vehicles because their airbags could unexpectedly inflate without a crash, reported the NYTimes. The company will upgrade software governing side-curtain and seat-mounted side airbags in Jeep Cherokees from the 2014-15 model years, including more than 168,000 vehicles in the United States. Chrysler engineers initiated an investigation after getting reports ... Read More »

Honda Opts for Takata Rival to Supply Accord Air Bags

Honda Motor Co has chosen a competitor of embattled Takata Corp to supply air bags for the next North American version of its Accord sedan, the automaker’s best-selling vehicle, two people with knowledge of the decision said, reported Reuters. In the first major defection by a carmaker since Takata’s safety crisis began, Honda, Takata’s largest ... Read More »

Chrysler Expands Takata Passenger-Side Air Bag Recall in U.S.

Chrysler Group is expanding its U.S. recall of older-model vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, adding a second inflator design to the recall and more affected regions, reported Reuters. Chrysler, a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said in a statement late Thursday that it was recalling 208,783 vehicles by adding the second inflator family ... Read More »

Takata Forms Independent Review Panel On Air-Bag Defects

Takata Corp, the Japanese supplier at the center of an air-bag recall crisis affecting millions of vehicles globally, has announced it will form an independent review panel to investigate the company’s handling of a safety defect linked to five deaths world-wide, reported The WSJ. The panel, which will be chaired by former U.S. Transportation Secretary ... Read More »

Takata Chairman Apologizes for Causing Concern

Takata Corp.’s chairman and chief executive officer issued an apology in response to an auto-safety crisis created by flaws in its air bags, reported Bloomberg. “We deeply regret that the recent recalls of vehicles equipped with our airbags have likely raised significant concerns and troubles to our product users, our customers, shareholders and other stakeholders,” ... Read More »

Fourth U.S. Traffic Death Linked to Takata Air Bags

A fourth traffic death in a Honda Motor Co car has been linked to a defective air bag made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp, according to a county medical examiner in Florida, reported Reuters. Hien Tran died on Oct. 2, four days after her red 2001 Honda Accord sedan struck another car in Orlando and ... Read More »

Honda Starts Audit of U.S. Injury-and-Death Reporting

Honda Motor Co. asked a third party to determine whether the automaker underreported fatality and injury claims to the U.S. government, which is investigating air-bag failures with potentially deadly defects, reported Bloomberg. The third-party audit began in September and Honda will soon share its findings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Tokyo-based company ... Read More »

Ford Recalls 850,000 Vehicles for Air Bag Problem

Ford is recalling 850,000 vehicles to address an electrical problem that could prevent the air bags and other safety systems from working properly in a crash, reported Detroit Free Press. The recall involves the 2013-14 Ford Fusion, Escape and C-MAX as well as the Lincoln MKZ for an issue with the restraints control module connected ... Read More »