Honda To Recall 1.1 Million U.s. Vehicles To Re-replace Takata Airbags

Honda to recall 1.1 million U.S. vehicles to re-replace Takata airbags

Honda said on Tuesday it would recall about 1.1 million Honda and Acura vehicles in the United States to re-replace defective Takata airbags on the driver's side. The company said it was aware of one injury linked to the defect that may have caused the airbag to rupture when it was deployed in a crash. The vehicles involved in the recall were previously repaired using specific Takata desiccated replacement inflators (PSDI-5D) or entire replacement airbag modules containing these inflators. "Those replacement inflators," Honda said in a statement, "are now deemed defective." Free repairs of the recalled cars would begin immediately in the United States with replacement parts made by alternate suppliers, Honda said. Honda became aware of the issue after a Honda Odyssey crash, where the front airbag deployed and injured the driver's arm. An investigation later showed that manufacturing issues at Takata's Mexico facility introduced excessive moisture into the inflator during assembly, leading to the problem. The total number of recalled inflators is now about 21 million in about 12.9 million Honda and Acura vehicles that have been subject to recall for replacing Takata front airbag inflators in the United States, the company said. Automakers in the United States repaired more than 7.2 million defective Takata air bag inflators in 2018, as companies have ramped up efforts to track down parts in need of replacement.

Mazda Introduces Permanent Fix For Takata Airbag Recall

Mazda Introduces Permanent Fix for Takata Airbag Recall

Mazda has rolled out a permanent fix for its vehicles that have been affected by the widespread Takata airbag recall.

Mazda had previously recalled several of its models to replace the Takata airbags, however the cars were repaired with identical parts as the older airbags are more prone to explosion. Now that it has developed a permanent fix in which the passenger side airbag inflators will be replaced with entirely different parts, the cars have been recalled again.

Nissan Agrees To $98m Consumer Settlement Over Takata Airbags

Nissan agrees to $98M consumer settlement over Takata airbags

WASHINGTON — Nissan on Tuesday agreed to pay $97.7 million to settle class-action claims of consumer economic loss in the United States tied to the recall of 4.4 million vehicles with Takata air bag inflators, court records show. Nissan said in a statement that it was not admitting fault under the settlement. The settlement is similar to others reached with major automakers. In June, a federal judge in Miami granted preliminary approval to settlements with Toyota, Subaru, BMW and Mazda totaling $553 million and affecting 15.8 million vehicles with Takata inflators. At least 18 deaths and 180 injuries worldwide have been tied to the defect that led Takata Corp to file for bankruptcy protection in June. Takata inflators can explode with excessive force, unleashing metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks. Honda and Ford to date have not agreed to settle consumer economic loss claims. All the settlements reached so far include an outreach program to contact owners of recalled vehicles and to address the low number of completed repairs, as well as compensation for economic losses including out-of-pocket expenses; a possible residual distribution payment of up to $500; rental cars for some owners; and a customer support program for repairs and adjustments, including an extended warranty. Nissan said its settlement is "intended to significantly increase customer outreach and to accelerate recall remedy completion rates for Takata airbag inflator recalls." As of late June, only 29.9 percent of Nissan vehicles recalled with Takata inflators had been fixed. The settlement is subject to court approval. A hearing to grant final approval for the other four automaker settlements is set for Oct. 25. In January, Takata agreed to plead guilty to criminal wrongdoing and to pay $1 billion to resolve a U.S. federal investigation into its inflators. As part of the Justice Department settlement, Takata agreed to establish two independently administered restitution funds: one for $850 million to compensate automakers for recalls and a $125 million fund for individuals injured by its airbags who had not already reached a settlement.

Reporting by David Shepardson

Honda Confirms Takata-related Death When Accord Was Being Repaired

Honda Confirms Takata-Related Death When Accord Was Being Repaired

Honda has announced that another person has been killed due to an exploding airbag from Takata.

Yesterday, the automaker’s U.S. division confirmed the death of a male in June 2016 was related to the rupture of a Takata airbag but unlike other deaths which have occurred during crashes, this death happened while the 2001 Honda Accord in question was stationary.

2010-2014 Mitsubishi Pajero Recalled For Takata Airbags: 20,000 Vehicles Affected

2010-2014 Mitsubishi Pajero recalled for Takata airbags: 20,000 vehicles affected

The 2010-2014 ‘NT’ and ‘NW’ Mitsubishi Pajero has been added to the ongoing Takata airbag campaign this week, joining numerous other model years of the Japanese off-roader that have been recalled for the same issue.

In this latest notice, affected vehicles could be fitted with front passenger airbags that could release metallic fragments into the cabin when deployed in an accident.

Takata Pleads Guilty In Air Bag Scandal, Agrees To $1 Billion Penalty

Takata pleads guilty in air bag scandal, agrees to $1 billion penaltyJapanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. pleaded guilty to fraud Monday and agreed to pay $1 billion (113 billion yen) in penalties for concealing an air bag defect blamed for at least 16 deaths, most of them in the United States.
The scandal, meanwhile, seemed to grow wider when plaintiffs' attorneys charged that five major automakers knew the devices were dangerous but continued to use them for years to save money.

Nissan D40 Navara Recalled In Australia Due To Takata Airbag

Nissan D40 Navara Recalled In Australia Due To Takata AirbagThe now retired D40 Navara has joined the growing list of vehicles recalled in Australia due to the faulty Takata airbag scandal.
Joining examples of the D22 Navara that were recalled last year, this new recall of the D40 variant includes 41,373 Thailand-sourced vehicles in Australia, built between 2008 and 2014.