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Largest U.S. auto recall ever to fix the air bags' inflators that can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel.


The opposite of a safety feature: Recall of potentially deadly air bags goes national


05/19/2015




Without actually acknowledging its products are defective, Japanese air bag maker Takata has agreed with the U.S. Department of Transportation to a nationwide recall of a whopping 33.8 million air bags. Defective Takata air bags have been blamed for five U.S. deaths. They can spew shrapnel when they deploy. Yikes. Reports of exploding air bags first surfaced in the mid-2000s. Honda announced the first U.S. recall for faulty Takata bags in 2008. Today's recall is a big deal because it's national, which is what the government had been seeking. (Previous recalls by Takata were regional.) It's also among the largest consumer recalls in history. What you should know: Many major car brands are affected, particularly Honda, but also Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Chrysler, BMW and others. If your car is affected, you should be alerted by the manufacturer, or you can search your VIN number on their recall pages. If your car is on the list, get it serviced immediately.
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The Government’s Recall Page

05/20/2015

U.S. DOT Announces National Recall of Takata Air Bags




The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will organize and prioritize the replacement of the defective air bag inflators that were used in nearly 34 million vehicles. NHTSA will also be coordinating with Takata and automakers that used the defective inflators in their vehicles, to ensure the American public receives information regarding these recalls as it becomes available.

At the insistence of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Takata has determined that a defect exists in some of its air bag inflators. Takata has agreed to a national recall of certain types of frontal driver and passenger side air bag inflators used in vehicles manufactured by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. These inflators were made with a propellant that can degrade over time and has led to ruptures that have been blamed for six deaths worldwide. The action expands the number of vehicles to be recalled for defective Takata inflators to nearly 34 million.

NHTSA is waiting for the automakers to supply a complete list of affected vehicles. As this information becomes available, NHTSA will update this site to provide the American public with this information.

Once manufacturers identify which vehicles are affected, use NHTSA’s VIN search tool to confirm whether your individual vehicle is under recall, and search by VIN on a specific vehicle-maker's site. It’s important to check periodically because it’s possible your VIN might not be entered into a manufacturer’s system for several weeks after a recall is first announced. If your vehicle is affected, follow-up with the manufacturer to get interim guidance and get your vehicle fixed as soon as parts are available.


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NHTSA has a Web site dedicated to the Takata recall with a database. The site lets you enter a vehicle identification number, or VIN, to see if your car is included in this or any other recall.

But the database is not yet complete.

Until then, here's a list of car models, and model years, already known to use the recalled Takata airbags.

A

Acura CL, 2003

Acura MDX, 2003-2005

Acura TL, 2002-2003

B

BMW 325Ci, 2004-2006

BMW 325i, 2004-2006

BMW 325Xi, 2004-2005

BMW 330Ci, 2004-2006

BMW 330i, 2004-2006

BMW 330Xi, 2004-2005

BMW 3-Series, 2000-2006

BMW M3, 2001-2006

C

Chrysler 300, 2005-2008

Chrysler 300C, 2005-2007

Chrysler Aspen, 2007-2008

Chrysler SRT8, 2005-2007


D

Dodge Charger, 2005-2007

Dodge Dakota, 2005-2007

Dodge Durango, 2004-2008

Dodge Magnum, 2005-2007

Dodge Ram 1500, 2003-2008

Dodge Ram 2500, 2003-2008

Dodge Ram 3500, 2003-2008


F

Ford GT, 2005-2006

Ford Mustang, 2005-2008

Ford Ranger, 2004-2005

H

Honda Accord, 2001-2007

Honda Civic, 2001-2005

Honda Civic Hybrid, 2003

Honda CR-V, 2002-2006

Honda Element, 2003-2011

Honda Odyssey, 2002-2004

Honda Pilot, 2003-2008

Honda Ridgeline, 2006

I

Infiniti FX35, 2003-2005

Infiniti FX45, 2003-2005

Infiniti I30, 2001

Infiniti I35, 2002-2004

Infiniti M35, 2006

Infiniti M45, 2006

Infiniti QX4, 2002-2003

L

Lexus SC, 2002-2007

M

Mazda6, 2004-2008

MazdaSpeed Mazda6, 2006-2007

Mazda RX, 2004-2008

Mitsubishi Lancer, 2004-2005

Mitsubishi Raider, 2006-2007

N

Nissan Maxima, 2001-2003

Nissan Pathfinder, 2001-2004

Nissan Sentra, 2002-2006

P

Pontiac Vibe, 2003-2007

S

Saab 9-2X, 2005

Subaru Baja, 2003-2005

Subaru Impreza, 2004-2005

Subaru Legacy, 2003-2005

Subaru Outback, 2003-2005

T

Toyota Corolla, 2003-2007

Toyota Corolla Matrix, 2003-2007

Toyota Rav4, 2004-2005

Toyota Sequoia, 2002-2007

Toyota Tundra, 2003-2006

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Canadians seek $3.25 billion in compensation

Canadians seek $3.25 billion in compensation from Takata in airbag recall

05.21.2015

The ongoing Canadian legal battle to recoup money from shamed Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. expanded to five class-action lawsuits this week, according to the Windsor law firm leading the charge in court.

Combined, the plaintiffs — represented by Sutts, Strosberg LLP — are seeking $3.25 billion for the inconvenience of having to deal with the massive recall of faulty airbags, which is now linked to nearly 34 million vehicles sold in the U.S alone.

John McIntosh is one of three Windsor plaintiffs named in the Canadian lawsuits, which his lawyer Harvey Strosberg estimates to include at least 1.6 million Canadian vehicles.

“We want to compensate … the owners of the cars for the time that they spend getting their car into the dealer and waiting for … the airbags to get replaced,” Strosberg said during a news conference Thursday. “I think people (who) sell cars will not get the same amount if they have a car that had airbags that worked.”

The latest U.S. figures for defective airbags linked to Takata nearly doubled this week making it the largest recall in U.S. history, according to an announcement on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Both organizations fought with Takata for a year about the exact size of the recall and a more precise cause of the defect. To date, the air bags have led to six deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide.

The problem stems from airbag inflators. Chemicals used to inflate the faulty airbags explode with too much force, sending shrapnel at drivers and passengers in the vehicle.

Though the official number of affected cars in Canada is unknown because of a lack of mandatory recall regulations, U.S. numbers illustrate the extent of the problem. Of the 10 automakers listed on the U.S. traffic safety administration website, Honda Motor Co. has the highest number of recalls at more than five million, followed by Toyota Motor Corp. at 877,000.
John McIntosh, left, and lawyer Harvey Strosberg during a news conference on Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Windsor, regarding a class action lawsuit against air bag manufacturer Takata Corp. of Japan. (DAN JANISSE/The Windsor Star)

None of the five plaintiffs named in the Canadian lawsuits were injured by airbags, but there has been substantial inconvenience, said McIntosh, who drives a 2003 Toyota Corolla. Since learning about the recall, he limits how often he drives and he refuses to travel on any highways.

“I don’t like to drive it, especially on the highway,” he said. “I have no desire to be in a situation where it might deploy, so I refuse to drive it on the highway. There’s a significant impact on how I can use it.”

Though Takata is named in all five lawsuits, individual claims were filed because each suit includes a different automaker: Honda, Toyota, BMW, Nissan and Chrysler. Each lawsuit seeks $650 million in compensation.

Also named on the statements of claims are Windsor residents Rick Des-Rosiers and Stephen Kominar. Gary Coles of Tecumseh is named in the fourth lawsuit and Donal D’Haene of London and Keith Sanford of Windsor are identified in the fifth claim.
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NHTSA Website Crashes

Expanded Recall Of Takata Airbags Crashes NHTSA Website, Heavier Traffic To Come Next Week

05/22/2015


The Takata airbag recall isn't just the largest recall in automotive history. As we mentioned earlier this week, it's one of the largest recalls, period.

That's because, after months of dragging its feet and racking up $14,000-a-day fines for failure to cooperate with regulators, Takata has finally agreed to the Department of Transportation's demands for an expansion of the airbag recall here in the U.S. And as Detroit News explains, news of Takata's surrender promptly crashed portions of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website.

If you've somehow missed all the details about the Takata recall, here are a few bulletpoints to bring you up to speed:


At the end of the 20th century and for the first several years of the 21st (until about 2008), Takata made airbag systems using a formulation of ammonium nitrate that can become very unstable when exposed to moisture, including atmospheric humidity.

As a result, some of Takata's airbags have exploded upon deployment, spewing shrapnel throughout the vehicles and injuring -- and in at least six cases, killing -- the very people they were meant to protect.

Here in the U.S., NHTSA has wanted Takata to order recalls of all driver-side devices, but the agency has been willing to let some passenger-side devices remain as-is. For the most part, passenger-side airbag recalls have been focused on states with high humidity, like those along the Gulf Coast.

That's made things very, very confusing for owners of vehicles equipped with Takata airbags. Those who live in Florida, for example, have needed to get both devices replaced. Those in, say, Nebraska, have only had driver-side devices changed out. Though some automakers have voluntarily replaced passenger-side airbags across the country, others have been very reluctant to do so.

Throughout all of this, Takata has insisted -- or tried to insist -- that there was no clear evidence about the cause of its airbag failures. As a result, it's refused to expand the scope of recalls, even though we now know that 265 of the company's airbags exploded during recent tests.
NHTSA has been slow to act, but it's gradually put the pressure on Takata, until this week, something finally happened.

That "something" was announced on Tuesday via a press release from the DOT:

"The actions expand regional recalls of Takata passenger-side inflators, currently limited to areas of high absolute humidity, to nationwide recalls involving more than 16 million vehicles. They also expand the current nationwide recall of driver-side inflators to more than 17 million vehicles. It’s anticipated that the remedy of vehicles will be prioritized based upon risk, with the vehicles that present the greatest risk in terms of age and geographic location to be serviced first."
And that's when the website outages began.


Immediately after NHTSA's press release was picked up in the media, traffic on the agency's recall website surged, reaching volumes up to 50 times heavier than normal. In total, more than 598,000 owners ran VIN searches on the site on Wednesday, besting the previous all-time high recorded the day before, when 571,000 consumers ran lookup requests. (Before that, the site had been averaging just shy of 10,000 daily searches.)

Thankfully, the site never crashed entirely, as it did last year, when Takata's airbags first began to make headlines. However, some functionality was lost during the rush. NHTSA is beefing up the site to ensure that it stays up and running smoothly.

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Recall Alert: Air-bag Inflators

Statement: Air-bag Inflators


May 28, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

FCA US LLC has identified which vehicles will be affected by expansions of ongoing voluntary recalls to replace certain air-bag inflators produced by Takata Corporation.

Precipitated by disclosures made by Takata to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, FCA US is consolidating two campaigns with new actions affecting model years 2003-2011. These actions bring the Company’s global Takata-related recall total to an estimated 5,224,845 vehicles.

FCA US is unaware of any related injuries or accidents involving the newly affected vehicles. All affected customers will be advised when they may schedule service.

One campaign involves an estimated global population of 4,747,202 vehicles equipped with certain driver’s-side air-bag inflators. Affected are:


2004-2008 Dodge Ram 1500 pickups
2005-2009 Dodge Ram 2500 pickups
2006-2009 Dodge Ram 3500 pickups
2007-2009 Dodge Ram 3500 cab chassis vehicles
2008-2010 Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 cab chassis vehicles
2008-2009 Sterling 4500 and 5500 cab chassis vehicles
2004-2008 Dodge Durango full-size SUVs
2005-2010 Chrysler 300, 300C and SRT8 full-size sedans
2005-2010 Dodge Charger full-size sedans
2005-2010 Dodge Magnum full-size station wagons
2005-2011 Dodge Dakota small pickups
2006-2011 Mitsubishi Raider small pickups


Of this population, it is estimated that 4,066,732 vehicles are in the U.S., while 374,508 are in Canada. The remaining vehicles are in Mexico and various markets outside the NAFTA region.

This action supersedes an ongoing NHTSA-approved recall involving the same vehicles and expands the affected global population by an estimated 1,407,338 with the addition of model years 2008-2011. Inflators replaced in connection with the previous campaign will again require service.

The second action to which FCA US has committed involves replacing certain front-passenger air-bag inflators in model-year 2003 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups. An estimated 437,947 are in the U.S.; 38,835 in Canada and 360 are in markets outside the NAFTA region.

This recall supplements two ongoing campaigns involving some of the same vehicles in certain U.S. regions subject to high absolute humidity.

Certain Takata air-bag inflators may deploy with excessive force, sending debris into the vehicle cabin. Vehicle age and consistent exposure to high absolute humidity are believed to factor into such deployments.

The Company is aware of one related injury. It involved a 2006 Dodge Charger and occurred in southern Florida, where there is high absolute humidity.

FCA US vehicles are no longer produced with either suspect inflator. These components also are distinct from Takata inflators cited in fatalities involving other auto makers.

Customers with questions or concerns may call 1-800-853-1403.
 

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Toyota has updated its own lists

Toyota Corolla, Sequoia, Tundra, More Added To Takata Recall: 2.9 Million Owners Now Affected

06/19/2015


Like an evil blob of goo from a low-budget 1950s horror film, the long list of vehicles recalled to replace Takata's fatally flawed airbags keeps on growing, and there's no sign that it's slowing. A newly published update from Toyota brings the total number of Toyota and Lexus owners affected by the recall to more than 2.9 million -- and that's just in the U.S.

You could be forgiven for losing track of the ins and outs, ups and downs of the long, complicated Takata recall. To bring you up to speed, here are some bulletpoints:

In the 1990s, Takata began using ammonium nitrate to inflate its airbags. Though it's cheap, ammonium nitrate is also notoriously unstable, and after several instances of the compound being used in terrorist bombs (including the one that killed 168 people in Oklahoma City in 1995), its sale is now regulated by the federal government.

Ammonium nitrate's instability has caused many Takata airbags to explode upon deployment, often pelting vehicle occupants with shrapnel in the process. To date, more than 100 injuries and seven deaths have been linked to the devices. (NB: All deaths have occurred in Honda vehicles, which isn't surprising, since Honda is Takata's biggest customer.)

Analysts are in near-complete agreement that moisture intrusion is the underlying problem with the ammonium nitrate in Takata's airbags. That's the good news. The bad news is that that has allowed Takata to insist on limiting recalls to specific areas of the planet where high humidity is common -- for example, along the U.S. Gulf Coast. That's not just dangerous, it's also made the recall especially confusing for consumers.

As if that weren't bad enough, recalls have been split between driver-side devices and those on the passenger-side. For some time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has suggested that driver-side airbags need to be replaced nationwide, but recalls of passenger-side devices can be limited to high-humidity areas. That's made things doubly-confusing.

In May, after several months of racking up $14,000-a-day fines for its lack of cooperation, Takata finally relented and agreed to nationwide recalls (though the company still insists that ammonium nitrate is, like, totally safe). Since then, automakers who've used the airbags have been expanding their recalls rosters and notifying owners from coast to coast about the changes.

Now, Toyota has updated its own lists, adding more than 1.3 million vehicles to the grand total of cars, trucks, and SUVs that need to have their airbags replaced. This update, however, only concerns passenger-side devices: driver-side airbags are covered by separate recalls. Vehicles added include:

2003-2007 Toyota Corolla
2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Matrix (aka the Toyota Matrix)
2005-2006 Toyota Tundra
2005-2007 Toyota Sequoia
2003-2007 Lexus SC430

With the roughly 1.6 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles already recalled, the total number of Toyota and Lexus owners now affected stands around 2,915,000.

Toyota will notify owners of this recall expansion by first-class mail. After receiving a recall notice, owners will be able to take their vehicles to a Toyota or Lexus dealer, where the passenger-side airbag inflator will be replaced free of charge.

Not sure if your vehicle is included in this recall? Visit Toyota.com/recall and enter your car's vehicle identification number (VIN). You can do the same thing on NHTSA's website at Safercar.gov/vin. If you have further questions, you're encouraged to contact Toyota Customer Service at 800-331-4331 or Lexus Customer Service at 800-255-3987.
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Fiat Chrysler Turns Its Back on Takata

Fiat Chrysler Turns Its Back on Takata

Published on Jun 24, 2015

June 24 -- Fiat Chrysler has dropped Takata, turning to an alternate air bag supplier to replace faulty units in more than four million recalled vehicles. Bloomberg’s Craig Trudell reports on “Trending Business.”
 

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Recall Alert: Fiat Chrysler adds 88,000 Challengers to air bag recall

Fiat Chrysler adds 88,000 Challengers to air bag recall

July 10, 2015








DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is adding more than 88,000 Dodge Challengers to a recall of cars with potentially faulty Takata air bags.

The expansion covers the 2008 through 2010 model years. The addition brings the number of Fiat Chrysler vehicles recalled for the problem to about 5.3 million worldwide and 2.1 million in the U.S.


Takata’s air bag inflators can explode with too much force in a crash, blowing apart a metal canister and spewing shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least eight people have been killed and more than 100 injured worldwide due to the problem. Eleven automakers are recalling 57.5 million cars globally.

Fiat Chrysler says in documents filed with U.S. safety regulators that a company audit found that the additional Challengers had potentially faulty driver’s air bags.

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Airbag Flaw Investigated at ARC Automotive

Airbag Flaw Investigated at ARC Automotive

JULY 14, 2015


Federal safety regulators are investigating airbag inflaters made by ARC Automotive, a Tennessee supplier that uses the same explosive compound that has plagued inflaters made by Takata, public documents posted Tuesday showed.

The inquiry by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration widens for the first time an investigation into explosive airbags beyond Takata, the manufacturer behind a defect blamed for eight deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide.

The defective airbag inflaters can rupture when they are triggered in an accident, sending metal shards into the car. Takata has agreed to recall 34 million inflaters over the defect, affecting 11 automakers in the United States.

According to a document posted on the N.H.T.S.A. website Tuesday, the agency is investigating inflaters made by ARC Automotive, based in Knoxville, Tenn., that are used in about 420,000 2002 Chrysler Town and Country minivans, and about 70,000 2004 Kia Optima sedans.

The investigation was prompted by two reports of airbag ruptures, in a Town and Country minivan in 2009 and in a Kia Optima sedan in 2014.

The agency was alerted to the 2009 rupture in Ohio, which injured the driver, in December 2014, but concluded that it was an isolated event, the document said. But last month, Kia notified the agency of a lawsuit that said an inflater had ruptured in an Optima sedan in New Mexico, also injuring the driver.

Federal investigators then found that both incidents involved inflaters made by ARC that use ammonium nitrate to help generate the gases that inflate the airbag. The Kia airbag was assembled by the parts supplier, Delphi, and the Town and Country airbag was made by Key Safety Systems. “At the present time it is unknown if there is a common root cause in these incidents,” the safety agency said.

Takata has acknowledged that ammonium nitrate can break down over time, especially when exposed to high humidity, making the compound prone to combust violently.

The driver in Ohio, Lois Dutton, was struck by a snowmobile as she turned in to her driveway in January 2009, according to a lawsuit Ms. Dutton filed later that year against Key Safety Systems.

In an interview last year, Ms. Dutton said that she “saw a cloud of white smoke and a flash of white” as the airbag ruptured upon impact. Shrapnel sliced through an artery in her neck, and she passed out, she said.

“It looked like someone had shot a gun at the windshield,” she said.

Messages left with ARC on Tuesday evening were not immediately returned.

A Kia spokesman, Scott McKee, did not return requests for comment. Eric Mayne, a spokesman for Fiat Chrysler, said that the automaker was cooperating and that Chrysler no longer used the inflater model in question.

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Recall Alert: Ferrari 2015

RECALL Subject : Improperly Assembled Drivers Air Bag

Report Receipt Date: JUL 07, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V433000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 814


Manufacturer: Ferrari North America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Ferrari North America, Inc. (FNA) is recalling certain model year 2015 Ferrari 458 Italia, 458 Spider, 458 Speciale, 458 Speciale A, California T, FF, F12 Berlinetta, and LaFerrari vehicles manufactured December 19, 2014, to April 29, 2015. The affected vehicles may be equipped with a driver side air bag module that was improperly assembled. This can cause the air bag to deploy in a rotated orientation.
CONSEQUENCE:
In the event of a crash, the deployment of the driver's air bag in a rotated orientation increases the risk of injury.
REMEDY:
FNA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front Driver's Side Air Bag Module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 30, 2015. Owners may contact Ferrari customer service at 1-866-551-2828. Ferrari's number for this recall is 57.
 

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UPDATE: Another 35-40M Vehicles

Takata Airbag Recall Expanded to Include Another 35-40M Vehicles

May 04, 2016



The already massive Takata airbag recall has been expanded to include another 35 million to 40 million vehicles.

Update: The U.S. Department of Transportation has confirmed the recall expansion, saying that an additional estimated 35 million to 40 million inflators will be recalled, adding to the already 28.8 million inflators recalled. The expansions will take place in phases between May 2016 and December 2019. A total of five recall phases will be part of the expansion and will be based on prioritization of risk, determined by the age of the inflators and exposure to high humidity and fluctuating high temperatures that accelerate the degradation of the chemical propellant.

It is being reported that the Takata airbag recall expansion could be announced as early as this week and currently, it isn’t clear which vehicles will be affected by the expansion. The safety defect has already been linked to 11 deaths globally along with dozens of injuries, as the faulty Takata airbag inflators can rupture with too much force and spray shrapnel inside the cabin when deployed. The inflators expected to be part of the expanded recall use ammonium nitrate as a propellant and lacks a drying agent that keeps moisture from building. The inflators that contain desiccant to prevent moisture aren’t expected to be recalled.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concluded that additional airbag inflators should be recalled after studying three different probes: one conducted by Takata, one by 10 automakers and a separate one by Honda. Last November, Takata agreed that U.S. regulators have broad authority to order the Japanese company to expand the recall if necessary.

To date, 14 automakers have taken part in the massive Takata airbag recall with Honda leading the way with 24 million vehicles recalled in the U.S. alone. Last month, U.S. regulators noted that there were potentially 85 million unrecalled Takata airbag inflators in U.S. vehicles that would need to be recalled by 2019 unless Takata can prove they are safe.


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Expanded Takata Airbag Recall Would ‘Needlessly Impose New Hardships’

Mar 03, 2016




The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) believes a larger Takata airbag recall would result in an even bigger mess.

Recently it was reported that NHTSA was examining whether an additional 70- to 90-million Takata inflators should be recalled because they might be dangerous. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, who is also the top Democrat on the Commerce Committee that is investigating the recalls, followed up by urging NHTSA to recall all the suspect inflators, adding that the agency should move faster to address the “recall fiasco.”

NHTSA administrator, Mark Rosekind, responded by saying that such a massive airbag recall would “needlessly impose new hardships,” considering Takata is already having a tough time supplying all the replacement parts for the 29-million inflators that have been called back. He went on to say that a larger recall would “increase uncertainty for consumers” while significantly complicating the process of supplying replacement parts to high-risk vehicles.

Nelson released the letter to the public saying, “We need to end this confusion and I think the process has to begin with having NHTSA take a hard look at whether” it should recall up to 90-million Takata airbags with ammonium nitrate-based inflators.

Takata has already agreed to a consent order in November that said it would have to recall and replace all ammonium nitrate inflators by 2019 unless it could prove they are safe.


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Recall Alert: FCA 4.3 million older-model vehicles

Statement: Front-passenger Air Bag Inflators
May 27, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC is voluntarily recalling an estimated 4.3 million older-model vehicles in the U.S. to replace their front-passenger air bag inflators.

This action follows a defect filing by supplier Takata Corp., which advised the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the inflators use ammonium nitrate as a propellant, without benefit of a chemical drying agent. Prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity and high temperatures may cause this propellant to degrade. Activation of degraded non-desiccated ammonium nitrate may cause an inflator rupture, possibly propelling fragments through the vehicle cabin.


The Company is unaware of any injuries or accidents involving FCA US vehicles subject to this campaign; nor have there been any ruptures in nearly 6,300 exploratory tests of passenger-side inflators taken from FCA US vehicles registered in regions subject to high absolute humidity.

These test vehicles also were representative of the oldest vehicles in this recall population (mostly model years 2004 and 2005), thus experiencing the longest exposure to potentially problematic environmental conditions.

This campaign includes an estimated 1 million vehicles that would have been recalled at a later date under NHTSA’s coordinated remedy order. FCA US is accelerating its timetable to better serve its customers. Affected are certain vehicles within the following populations:

2007-2009 Chrysler Aspen SUVs
2005-2012 Chrysler 300 sedans
2008-2012 Dodge Challenger coupes
2006-2012 Dodge Charger sedans
2005-2011 Dodge Dakota pickups
2004-2009 Dodge Durango SUVs
2005-2008 Dodge Magnum station wagons
2004-2008 Dodge Ram 1500 pickups
2005-2009 Dodge Ram 2500 pickups
2006-2009 Dodge Ram 3500 pickups
2007-2010 Dodge Ram/Ram 3500 cab chassis
2008-2010 Dodge Ram/Ram 4500/5500 cab chassis
2007-2012 Jeep Wrangler SUVs
2006-2009 Mitsubishi Raider pickups
2008-2009 Sterling/Bullet 4500/5500 cab chassis


An estimated 933,000 additional vehicles are affected in Canada, Mexico and outside the NAFTA region. They include certain pickups, SUVs and sedans exclusive to particular markets.

All affected customers will be advised when they may schedule service. In keeping with NHTSA’s coordinated remedy order, vehicles currently or previously registered in areas identified with high absolute humidity will be targeted first. These areas comprise:

Alabama
California
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Louisiana
Mississippi
South Carolina
Texas
Puerto Rico
American Somoa
Guam
Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan)
U.S. Virgin Islands


Citing exhaustive research, NHTSA has said the subject inflators “do not pose an unreasonable risk to safety under the Safety Act until they reach a certain level of propellant degradation.” Such degradation is “a function of time, temperature cycling and environmental moisture.”

Customers with questions may call the FCA US Customer Care Center at 1-800-853-1403.
 

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Takata Airbag Recall Results in $1B US Settlement

Takata Airbag Recall Results in $1B US Settlement

Jan 13, 2017



Takata is paying a heavy price for its faulty airbag inflators.

The issue has resulted in millions of cars being recalled worldwide and is currently linked to 16 deaths. The company is expected to plead guilty to criminal wrongdoing as part of a $1 billion settlement with the U.S. Justice Department. That hefty sum includes a $25 million criminal fine, $125 million in victim compensation and $850 million to compensate automakers who have suffered losses from the massive recalls.

In the problematic airbags, the inflator can detonate with too much force, shooting metal shrapnel at the occupants of the car.

The settlement will also result in an independent monitor of Takata, which could help the company win financial backing from an investor to help Takata restructure and pay for massive liabilities as a result of the airbag recall.

It is expected that Takata will plead guilty to wire fraud, or providing false test data to U.S. regulators. This isn’t the first settlement with U.S. auto safety regulators for Takata. In 2015, the company reached a separate $70 million settlement and admitted it was aware of a defect in its airbag inflators and did not issue a timely recall.

The Justice Department is considering Ken Feinberg to oversee the Takata settlement funds. Feinberg was in change of handling GM’s compensation fund from the American automaker’s ignition switch recall.


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Half of Takata airbags not fixed

NHTSA: Half of Takata airbags not fixed after largest such recall in history

Dec. 9 2017 (UPI) --

Fewer than half of the millions of airbags recalled by Japanese company Takata have been replaced in the largest auto-safety recall in U.S. history.

A report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last month said only 19.6 million of the 41.8 million airbags -- about 47 percent -- were repaired by the end of October. About 34 million U.S. vehicles were affected.

The recalls affected cars from 19 companies outfitted with airbags made by the bankrupt Takata.


The NHTSA reported the faulty airbags are linked to 13 deaths and more than 180 injuries.

In its report, the NHTSA describes the recall as the "largest and most complex vehicle recalls in U.S. history. ... The words 'grenade' and 'ticking time bomb' accurately convey the lethal potential of the defective inflators."

The NHTSA said the airbags, instead of properly inflating to cushion the victim and avoid injury, detonated in an explosion that "tore apart its steel inflator housing and sprayed high-velocity metal shards at the victim."

People suffered fatal injuries to the head, spine and lacerations caused extreme blood loss.

The agency noted that manufacturers have enhanced their efforts to fix the affect bags as repair rates have "doubled or even tripled" over the years.

By the end of October, some cary companies had completed more than half of the recall. They included Tesla (78.6 percent), Honda/Acura (64.8 percent) and Subaru (50.2 percent). The worst completion rates included Mercedes-Benz (2.2 percent), Mitsubishi (23 percent) and Mazda (27.1 percent).

Honda, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota had the most recalls.

Honda had 17.7 million inflators installed in 11.4 million Hondas and Acuras. The company has repaired 11.4 million inflators.

In an effort to contact consumers, Honda has gone door-to-door finding owners who have not responded to mailings and has begun using Facebook to send warnings to car owners.

In all, the company said it has made 150 million attempts to contact customers.

"On the parts side, we've been in pretty good shape for a while," Honda spokesman Chris Martin told the Detroit News. He was referring to early shortages of parts, which discouraged some owners from taking their cars to dealers.

Honda also said it has removed about 80,000 dangerous air bags from salvage yards.

At Chrysler, about 8.7 million inflators were impacted by the recall, and Chris Freeman, Takata campaign manager for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said his company has completed 49 percent of its highest-priority repairs.

"We're not in any way parts-challenged," Freeman told the Detroit News. "We're not turning customers away because of any parts issue."

Toyota has completed about 68 percent of its repairs for the top-three highest-priority groups as identified by federal regulators, Victor Vanov, a spokesman for Toyota, told the Detroit News. About 5 million Toyotas were impacted by the recall.

"For us, we have the parts, it's just a matter of getting folks to come and get it replaced," he said. "We have a steady flow of parts coming in, it's just a matter of getting customers to come in and get the repairs done, which takes less than an hour."

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Takata Airbag Recall Adds Another 3.3M Vehicles

Takata Airbag Recall Adds Another 3.3M Vehicles

Jan 08, 2018




The world’s largest automotive recall in history just got even bigger.

The already-massive Takata airbag recall is now adding another 3.3 million vehicles to start off 2018. The latest recall affects certain 2009, 2010, and 2013 model year vehicles from numerous automakers: Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Tesla, and Toyota. According to the Detroit Free Press, automakers will provide specific models in paperwork that will be filed later this month with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

At least 20 people have been killed worldwide as a result of the faulty Takata airbag inflators, and more than 180 have been injured. A total of 19 different automakers have recalled up to 69 million inflators in 42 million vehicles as part of the Takata airbag recall.


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