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In testing NHTSA's VIN lookup search, Cars.com found major problems with the tool not displaying some vehicles affected by Takata's faulty airbag inflators.

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Nissan is expanding its regional recall of Takata airbag inflators for 45,000 Sentras from the 2004 to 2006 model years. A woman in Louisiana was reportedly injured by one of the rupturing parts in March.

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Honda has confirmed that the driver of a 2003 Civic was harmed when the car's airbag inflator ruptured and sprayed shrapnel. The injuries were reportedly to the person's neck.

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Automotive News reveals that the Takata recall in Japan is nearly 70-percent complete, while in the US not even 12 percent of drivers have fixed their cars.

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Honda is recalling over 100,000 more vehicles to replace faulty driver's side airbag inflators supplied by Takata. The models include the 2008 Pilot, 2004 Civic and 2001 Accord.

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Honda is launching a multi-million-dollar ad campaign asking owners of vehicles affected by Takata's faulty airbag inflators to report in for repairs.

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If things go poorly for Takata financially in the wake of its airbag recall, there's a small possibility that the company might need financial assistance from the affected automakers. After all of the trouble, though, Honda has little desire to support the supplier.

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In a bid to get back quality control back on track, Honda is dropping its global forecast of six million vehicles for 2017. Last year, the company was plagued by the huge Takata airbag recall in the US and several problems in Japan.

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Takata is pushing hard to increase its global production of replacement airbag inflators to 900,000 units, while automakers begin looking elsewhere.

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Honda is setting aside about $425 million to pay for Takata airbag inflator recall-related costs. The change drops the company's profit forecast to about $6.1 billion for the fiscal year. Also, there's a possibility that another death might be linked to the faulty parts.

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NHTSA has put out a notice looking for potential whistleblowers at Takata, asking anyone with "knowledge of possible defects or any wrongdoing," to step forward.

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Honda may move to one of Takata's competitors in what could be a devastating turn for the Japanese supplier.

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BMW is joining the list of automakers expanding their regional Takata airbag recall into a nationwide one. In this case, 140,000 3 Series built for model years 2004 to 2006 are affected.

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Chrysler is expanding its Takata airbag recall beyond high-humidity areas, adding a whopping 3.3-million vehicles to the queue in the US, Canada, Mexico and beyond.

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Ford adds 447,000 vehicles to list

Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S.

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Chrysler is expanding the scope of its front passenger side Takata airbag inflator recall yet again to include 139,115 additional vehicles for a total of 208,783 units now needing these parts replaced.

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Earlier this week a Reuters report indicated that Mazda was considering a nationwide expansion of its recall for vehicles equipped with Takata airbag inflators. The company has now confirmed said expansion, with the vehicle count jumping from 86,770 to 330,000 affected in the US.

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Vehicle recalls have come in force recently. Honda expanded its front driver's side Takata airbag inflator recall nationwide to cover an estimated 5.4-million vehicles, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration added 19 notices to its database covering safety campaigns dating back to October. It looks like there could be one more to add to the list soon because Mazda is considering a possible nationwide expansion of its own inflator repairs.

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While Honda already announced plans to take its front driver's side Takata airbag inflator recall nationwide, the automaker has now officially reported on the number of affected vehicles and the specific models in need of repair. The expanded campaign covers an estimated 5.4 million units across the US, including those already being fixed under the previous regional actions. That number is an expansion of the five million units initially reported by NHTSA.

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The scope of the Takata airbag inflator recall is ballooning once again across the United States. Where Honda has elected to take its driver-side airbag campaign nationwide, Chrysler Group and Ford have now announced expanded regional actions to cover some passenger-side airbag inflators. Mazda is adding more regions, as well.

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