New Jersey Airbag InjuriesJuly 16, 2018

New Jersey Airbag Injuries: Regardless of what the product is manufacturers have an obligation to implement rigorous testing and safety standards for their products. When they don’t take their responsibilities seriously, the consumers can get hurt. That’s bad business. While a product recall may eventually ensue, it doesn’t help the person who has already been …

$605 Million: Takata SettlementFebruary 20, 2018

Honda has agreed to a $605 million settlement of owner claims of economic losses related to the Takata airbag inflator recalls, and if you own an affected car, you could get up to $500 for diminished value. Honda’s actual payments in the proposed consumer settlement, which still requires federal district court approval, would total about …

Ford Recalls Older Pickup TrucksFebruary 17, 2018

Ford Motor on Monday warned an additional 33,000 owners of older pickup trucks in North America to stop driving them until potentially defective Takata air bag inflators can be repaired. In January, Ford told 2,900 owners of model-year 2006 Ford Ranger trucks to stop driving immediately after a second death was linked to inflators built on the …

Toyota and Lexus Recall Vehicles Because Airbags Might Not Work in CrashFebruary 5, 2018

Dealers will inspect and replace bad airbag sensors for free, automaker says Toyota and Lexus are recalling 49,000 cars, including 2016 Toyota Prius hybrids, 2016 Lexus RX SUVs and 2015-2016 Lexus NX hybrids because some airbags might not deploy in the event of a crash, potentially leaving passengers unprotected. A Toyota spokesman said the affected airbag sensors have insulation layers …

Florida woman dies due to Takata airbag ruptureJanuary 26, 2018

The AP reports that, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report, a Florida woman has died due to a faulty Takata air bag that ruptured. Nichol Barker was hit in the head by metal pieces, which left a gaping wound and broke her skull. According to lead investigator Sgt Chester Everett’s report, Baker should have survived the …

Takata Recall: Additional 2.7 million vehicle over airbagsJuly 26, 2017

Takata recalls additional 2.7 million vehicles over faulty airbag inflators. ABC World News Tonight (7/11, story 9, 0:20, Muir, 14.63M) reported that Takata is issuing a recall of “an additional 2.7 million vehicles because of a safety risk involving an air bag inflater.” The new recall includes “some Ford, Nissan and Mazda vehicles.” Need help with …

Takata contemplating settlement of charges pertaining to rupture-prone airbagsDecember 29, 2016

The Wall Street Journal (12/28, Spector, Viswanatha, Subscription Publication, 6.37M) reports Takata Corp. is discussing with Justice Department officials the possibility of pleading guilty to criminal misconduct in order to resolve allegations regarding its handling of air bags prone to rupturing that have been linked to numerous injuries and deaths. The Journal says Takata is …

Takata Airbag RecallJuly 17, 2016

The Houston Chronicle reports that in Houston, community leaders have come together to inform drivers about defective Takata airbag inflators, which have been recalled for the risk of exploding in an accident. Two of the ten deaths in the US because of the defective bags have happened in Houston. DOT’s Recall Monitor John Buretta said, …

Ford Recall: 1.9 million vehicles with Takata airbagsJune 3, 2016

The AP (6/1) reports on a new Takata air bag recall affecting nearly 1.9 million vehicles manufactured by Ford Motor Co. According to the article, Ford’s recall includes “the 2007-2010 Ford Edge, 2006-2011 Ford Fusion, 2005-2011 Ford Mustang, 2007-2011 Ford Ranger, 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX and 2006-2011 Lincoln MKZ, Zephyr and Mercury Milan.” MLive (MI) (6/1, …