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Honda, Toyota, and Mazda have all opted to drop airbag inflator supplier Takata, while other Japanese stalwarts consider a similar move.


DOT Officials Take Unprecedented Actions To Speed Repairs

As investigators searched for clues about why certain airbags showered motorists with deadly amounts of metal fragments, the company that made the defective devices thwarted their queries.


NHTSA has opened an investigation into the airbag inflators of a second supplier, amid concerns that age may be playing a part in reports of bad inflators.


Congress Grills Takata And Federal Officials On Airbag Crisis

Federal officials and an executive from automotive supplier Takata took turns Tuesday explaining to Congress why it took years before any of them took action to protect motorists from a deadly airbag defect and why safety problems still threaten drivers.


DOT Secretary Says Supplier Is 'Bad Actor' On Safety Landscape

Federal investigators said Friday that global automotive supplier Takata has not cooperated with a problem into the company's exploding airbags, which are responsible for killing at least five motorists and injuring dozens more.


Transportation Secretary: Airbag Supplier's Conduct Is 'Unacceptable'

Global automotive supplier Takata has not cooperated with an investigation into exploding airbags responsible for killing at least five motorists and injuring dozens more, federal authorities said Friday.


It seems Takata has manufacturing issues beyond the technical details of its airbags. The Japanese company is not in the good graces of American authorities after declining a national recall in response to faulty airbag deployments, while authorities in Mexico are unhappy with health and safety issues at Takata's plant in Monclava, Mexico, where millions of inflators are being produced to service automaker recalls.


Issue arises from ongoing Takata airbag recalls

Honda recently started disclosing possible recalls related to airbag malfunctions in certain vehicles. The automaker is asking customers buying those used cars to sign a document that acknowledges they've been made aware of the issue. Buyers may be better informed, but such a signature could also shift liability away from the automaker.


Moisture is only latest in long line of explanations for Takata's problem

The latest details of a troubling safety trend arrived Monday, when seven automakers issued eight recalls for cars that may contain airbags that could kill drivers instead of saving their lives.


Leading safety advocates call for independent investigation of NHTSA

Federal safety investigators put General Motors under a microscope earlier this week, asking the troubled automaker 107 detailed questions about its decade-long delay in recalling cars with a deadly defect. Now, it may be the federal government's turn to face questions.


Following the lead of Connecticut and New York, Ohio is the third state to make the knowing manufacture, import, installation or sale of counterfeit airbags a felony. Bill Am HB 177 was sponsored by Republican State Representative Dorothy Pelanda, backed by the Ohio Insurance Institute and the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association and signed into law by governor John Kasich.


Cobwebs responsible for last week's big recall

Spiders are to blame for Toyota's massive recall of more than 800,000 vehicles last week. Seriously.


Dangerous defects mean that important safety device might not work when you need it most

An increasing number of defective airbags has lead to a record number of recalls so far in 2013, meaning those important safety devices hidden in your dashboard may not work when you need them most.


Honda is in hot water due to an airbag glitch that is causing it to recall 405,400 vehicles. According to the campaign, the supplemental restraints might fire for no apparent reason. 342,000 of the affected vehicles are 2003 and 2004 Odyssey minivans, which gels with a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation we reported on in June.


Manuals say they should be inspected after 10 years, but does anyone ever do that?

Thirty pages deep in a beaten-up vehicle's owner's manual, there's a curious warning about aging airbags.


Addressing the safety concerns of its customers, BMW Motorrad is co-developing a rider suit with Dainese to feature something that's much more common in automobiles: airbags.


Software error makes bags deploy on opposite side of crash

Chrysler is recalling 282,000 minivans from the 2013 model year because the side air bags can deploy on the wrong side in a crash.


NHTSA examining whether 320,000 cars need to be recalled

A grandmother sat in a parked Honda Odyssey waiting for her granddaughter to come out of a tutoring class in Hattiesburg, Miss., when an airbag in the vehicle spontaneously deployed.


Jeep Patriot and Compass, and small SUVs recalled for airbag and seatbelt problems

Two days after refusing a government request to recall 2.7 million older-model Jeeps,Chrysler has decided to do two other recalls totaling 630,000 vehicles worldwide.


GM has already issued two recalls over problem tied to supplier

The federal government is investigating whether General Motors needs to issue a third recall to address persistent problems with airbags installed in four of the company's most popular models.


It's the 6th recall in a month connected to a Takata-produced airbag

BMW is the latest auto manufacturer to recall cars because of a potentially dangerous airbag-related defect.

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