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Takata Airbag Recall Heating Up

Takata Airbag Recall Heating Up June 19, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: The chances of a defective Takata airbag exploding and firing metal shards at you, even in a minor fender bender, increase with rising temperatures. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says many people driving unsafe cars, including Honda, Ford and Mazda, haven’t grasped the recall’s urgency.
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US DOT: Your Car and Where You Live May Increase Defective Airbag Risk

US DOT: Your Car and Where You Live May Increase Defective Airbag Risk May 25, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Miami, FL: Of about 50 million Takata defective airbags being recalled, some vehicles are more dangerous than others, according to the US. Department of Transportation. And some places have a greater potential to cause inflator ruptures—heat and humidity are risk factors.
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Vehicle Owners with Defective Takata Airbags Urged to Get Replacement

Vehicle Owners with Defective Takata Airbags Urged to Get Replacement April 28, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Miami, FL: If you received an “owner notification letter” from your car dealership regarding a defective airbag and there was a problem getting a replacement inflator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says supply problems are over. But the Center for Auto Safety states that only a fraction of car owners have acted, with nearly 60 percent of inflators untouched. That statement, however, may not be completely accurate.
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Takata Reaches Settlement Deal with Injured Drivers

Takata Reaches Settlement Deal with Injured Drivers February 13, 2018. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Cruz,CA: Takata, the Japanese maker of airbags that contained defective inflators, which caused injuries and more than a dozen deaths of drivers and passengers, has reached a settlement to pay tort claimants.
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Hawaii Sues Three Automakers Over Defective Takata Airbags

Hawaii Sues Three Automakers Over Defective Takata Airbags June 13, 2017. By Deb Hipp.
Honolulu, HI: The State of Hawaii is suing Ford, Nissan and Toyota for marketing and selling vehicles with Takata airbags that could potentially explode and cause injuries or death.
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The Growing Concern over Recalled Airbags in Used Car Repairs

The Growing Concern over Recalled Airbags in Used Car Repairs June 1, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Miami, FL: Airbag injuries suffered by unsuspecting victims are frustrating enough when caused by a safety device designed to protect, rather than injure. The massive Takata airbag recall involving millions of vehicles is the most widely-cited example of the problem. However a lesser-known issue, but one just as compelling involve used airbags and recycled airbags that have the capability of injuring, or causing death.
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$553M in Settlements Reached with Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW in Takata Airbag MDL

$553M in Settlements Reached with Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW in Takata Airbag MDL May 18, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: $553.6 million in settlements has been agreed in multi-district litigation (MDL) involving Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW, which will see the automakers pay the sum to end claims brought by plaintiffs over alleged defective Takata airbags. To date, the airbags, which can explode, have been linked with 11 deaths in the US.
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Supreme Court Won't Review GM's Appeal For Protection Against Ignition Switch Lawsuits

Supreme Court Won't Review GM's Appeal For Protection Against Ignition Switch Lawsuits May 12, 2017. By Deb Hipp.
Washington, DC: In a potentially crushing blow to General Motors, the US Supreme Court has declined to consider an appeal from the automaker asking for a legal shield to protect GM from lawsuits related to faulty ignition switches on its vehicles.
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Airbag Injuries and Defective Airbags Getting More Complicated

Airbag Injuries and Defective Airbags Getting More Complicated May 12, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Kansas City, MO: Recent reports of airbag injuries suffered by a young woman in an older-model car that had been in an accident and returned to the road with a replacement airbag, together with media reports originating from Kansas City with regard to recycled airbags, points to an entirely new issue with recalled airbags, and accompanying airbag lawsuits.
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Recalled Airbags Being Recycled in Crash-Affected Vehicles

Recalled Airbags Being Recycled in Crash-Affected Vehicles May 10, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: Recalled airbags may be recycled as replacement airbags in vehicles that have been in accidents, according to a news report on the Kansas City news station, KSHB.com. In an interview with KSHB, Carfax representative Christopher Basso states that it’s not uncommon to find recycled airbags used to replace deployed ones, which may be dangerous. Basso told KSHB that while recycled airbags may be less expensive, recalled airbags could potentially slip through the cracks and possibly be placed into repaired or used cars.
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