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Senator: NHTSA audit is 'one of worst I've ever seen'

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.

Auto-industry whistle-blowers could soon reap financial rewards

Senate Passes Legislation Aimed At Accelerating Discovery Of Safety Flaws

In hearing after hearing last year, members of Congress took turns admonishing auto executives and federal regulators for their roles in prolonging an ongoing series of safety crises. Now, Congress is taking action.

Lawsuit reveals gruesome details of Takata airbag victim's death

Legislation Introduced This Week Could Stop Future Oversights

The accident was minor. The aftermath was horrific.

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Ford expands air bag recall nationwide

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.

Takata air bag recall list [UPDATE]

List updated May 19, 2015

The already record-breaking rate of automotive recalls this year shows no signs of slowing down, especially since millions of cars with defective airbags made by global supplier Takata are under further scrutiny.

Parts Shortage Could Mean Airbag Inflator Replacement Takes Two Years

Takata is currently building about 300,000 replacement inflators a month

Drivers in the US might be stuck with quite a wait to get their vehicles repaired under the Takata airbag inflator recall.

Senator says Takata airbags are 'ticking time bomb'

Congress Begins Inquiry Into Years-Long Delays Addressing Fatal Problem

"This is a problem that shows deep and wide issues in their quality-control process." – Sean Kane

U.S. Regulators Demand Global Recall Of Defective Airbag Vehicles

Millions of car contain potentially faulty driver's side air bag inflators across the U.S

A showdown is looming between U.S. safety regulators and a Japanese company that makes air bags linked to multiple deaths and injuries.

Air Bag Recall Warning Expanded To 7.8 Million Vehicles

Inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed

The U.S. government is telling 3 million more car owners to get their air bags repaired immediately, but its message has generated some confusion about which cars are actually affected.

Takata Airbag Victim Looked Like She Had Been Stabbed

Police initially investigated the accident as a possible homicide

A woman named Hien Tran of Orlando, Florida, was killed by what looked at first like stab wounds on her neck. Actually, Tran may have been injured by shrapnel exploding from her Honda's faulty Takata airbag.

Honda Asking Used-Car Buyers To Sign Liability Document

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.

The Long History Behind Monday's Massive Airbag Recalls

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.

Massive Airbag Recall Affects Seven Automakers

Honda, Nissan, Mazda, BMW, Chrysler, Ford and Toyota are recalling cars due to faulty airbags

The recall of faulty airbag inflators supplied by Takata has exploded Monday to include seven automakers. In most cases, only models in certain high-humidity regions were affected because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found in its investigation that Autoblog Staff

Airbag Recalls Reach New Record In 2013

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.

GM Develops New Airbag That Keeps Passengers From Colliding

The figure-eight design helps protect passengers in side-impact crashes

The body lurches sideways. The neck bends in a U-shape. The seat belt and front airbag offer almost no help. These are the markings of a side-impact car accident.

BMW Airbag Recall Affects 48,000 Vehicles In U.S.

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.