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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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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.

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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.

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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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An automaker alliance, led by Toyota, is preparing to bring in former NHTSA head David Kelly to oversee its investigation into faulty Takata airbag inflators.

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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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Her 2001 Honda Civic Was Recalled Days After Accident

A malfunctioning Takata airbag left a Florida woman paralyzed from the neck down following an otherwise minor car accident last year, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

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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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The US Department of Justice is pursuing a case against an executive from Japanese parts supplier Takata for alleged price fixing of seatbelts from 2005 to 2011. If found guilty, he could face a maximum punishment of 10 years behind bars and a $1 million fine.

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With tens of millions of vehicles recalled, Takata has made several changes at its head office, including the resignation of its president, the promotion of its chairman and the appointment of several former US cabinet secretaries.

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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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Since Takata has decided not to take the lead concerning potential issues with its airbag inflators, the automakers have. Perhaps that's unsurprising, since it's the automakers, not Takata, that will take a beating on the dealership floor if consumers decide its models are a health hazards. The Detroit News reports that Toyota, Honda, General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Subaru met in a hotel conference room near the Detroit Metropolitan Airport last week to sort ou

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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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Air bag inflators could rupture when, spraying metal fragments at occupants

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.

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