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Feds Fine Takata $14,000 Daily for Not Cooperating

The federal government has levied a $14,000 per day fine against air bag manufacturer Takata Corp. for failing to cooperate with a safety investigation over causes for its air bag inflators rupturing, a defect that has resulted in at least four deaths in the U.S, reported Detroit Free Press. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced ... Read More »

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Toyota Recalls More Cars for Dangerous Takata Air Bags

Toyota Motor Corp said on Thursday it would recall 57,000 vehicles globally to replace potentially deadly air bags made by Takata Corp, as a safety crisis around the Japanese auto parts maker looks far from being contained, reported Reuters. Toyota’s action follows a recall by rival Honda Motor Co for the same problem two weeks ... Read More »

U.S. Auto Regulator Seeks Nationwide Recall of Takata Air Bags

The U.S. auto safety regulator has told Japanese supplier Takata Corp and five automakers to expand nationwide a regional recall of potentially lethal air bags, increasing pressure on the industry to move faster in a growing scandal, reported Reuters. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also scolded Takata for what it called “an unwillingness ... Read More »

Chrysler To Start Fixing Takata Air Bags In December

Chrysler Group LLC will start repairs on about 371,000 vehicles equipped with potentially defective Takata Corp. air bag inflators in December, nearly six months after it said it would comply with a request by U.S. safety regulators to make fixes, reported The WSJ. The company, in a letter to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration ... Read More »

Honda Heightens U.S. Response to Problems With Takata Air Bags

Honda Motor Co. said on Thursday that it is expanding its U.S. response to potentially explosive air bags made by Takata Corp. , adding a small number of vehicles in certain hot and humid regions and upgrading its previous action to an official recall, reported The WSJ. Honda’s move comes after rivals Toyota Motor Co. ... Read More »

Faulty Takata Air Bags May Not Be Replaced for Months

U.S. safety regulators do not expect Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp to be able to fully supply replacement parts for millions of defective air bags until January or later, and urged Takata and the automakers it supplies to seek additional parts from other companies, reported Reuters. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has ... Read More »

NHTSA Urges Owners of 4.7 Million GM and Foreign Cars to get Defective Airbags Fixed

DETROIT, MI – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging owners of some 4.7 million General Motors, Honda, Mazda, BMW and Nissan cars to have defective airbags made by Japanese auto parts company Takata Corp. replaced immediately. The full list of affected vehicles is below, reported Michigan Live. NHTSA began a probe of the ... Read More »

Mazda Recalls U.S. Cars With Faulty Takata Air Bags

Japan’s Mazda Motor Corp will broaden a recall of cars sold in the United States because an air-bag inflator, supplied by Japan’s Takata Corp, could rupture and seriously injure occupants, reported Reuters. The issue of ruptured inflators – which can hurl metal shrapnel at vehicle occupants – has bedeviled Takata and triggered the recall of ... Read More »

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