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What's Wrong With Takata Air Bags?

What's Wrong With Takata Air Bags?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains what makes Takata air bag inflators life-threatening. Video courtesy of NHTSA.

January 8, 2018

Using Facebook to Boost Recall Response

Using Facebook to Boost Recall Response

To convey the urgency of the Takata recall and improve response rates, Honda produced videos targeted to Facebook users who haven't brought in their vehicle. This video features Stephanie Erdman, an Air Force officer who nearly lost her right eye after a Takata air bag inflator ruptured during a crash. Video via YouTube.

November 24, 2017

Takata Files for Bankruptcy

Takata Files for Bankruptcy

Scandal-plagued automotive supplier Takata has filed for bankruptcy protection in the wake of the largest recall in U.S. history. So what comes next? Video courtesy of Bloomberg.

June 26, 2017

11th U.S. Death Tied to Takata Air Bags

11th U.S. Death Tied to Takata Air Bags

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has attributed another death -- the 11th in the U.S. -- to a Takata air bag inflator rupture. The victim was a 50-year-old woman in Riverside County, Calif. Video courtesy of KCAL9/CBS Los Angeles.

October 21, 2016

Air Bag Wiring Prompts Chevrolet Cobalt Recall

Air Bag Wiring Prompts Chevrolet Cobalt Recall

General Motors is recalling nearly 60,000 2010 model-year Chevrolet Cobalt cars in the U.S. because faulty routing of a sensor wire might cause the roof-mounted driver's-side air bag to malfunction during a crash. Also, another 13,950 Cobalts will be recalled in Canada. Here's a report from Reuters/CNBC.

August 14, 2015

FCA US Reaches Recall Penalty Settlement With NHTSA

FCA US Reaches Recall Penalty Settlement With NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced July 26 that FCA US has acknowledged violations of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act's requirements to repair vehicles with safety defects and has agreed to buy back some defective vehicles from owners. The automaker will pay as much as $105 million in civil penalties. Here is a report from CBS News. For more details, click here.

July 27, 2015

House Panel Criticizes Takata Recall Pace

House Panel Criticizes Takata Recall Pace

During a House subcommittee hearing Tuesday, June 2, lawmakers criticized how Takata Corp. and federal safety regulators have handled the air bag inflator recalls. Some replacement air bags will need to be replaced themselves. Here’s a video report from CBS News. For the latest list of vehicles included in the recall, click here.

June 3, 2015

Update on Expanded Takata Air Bag Recall

Update on Expanded Takata Air Bag Recall

The full impact of the expanded Takata air bag inflator recall is beginning to emerge, as automakers release lists of affected models. Here's a report from CBS News. To view the latest lists of recalled models, click here. 

May 29, 2015

Feds Probe Fiat Chrysler Recall Performance

Feds Probe Fiat Chrysler Recall Performance

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said concerns about Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' safety recall performance have prompted the agency to schedule a July 2 public hearing on the matter. At issue are 20 separate safety recalls. Here's a Bloomberg video report on this development. For the story, click here.

May 18, 2015

What an Exploding Takata Air Bag Looks Like

What an Exploding Takata Air Bag Looks Like

This CNN video demonstrates the volatility of defective Takata-manufactured air bag inflators during air bag deployment. Flying metal fragments are visibly near the crash test dummy's head.

May 13, 2015

Highlights of Congressional Hearing on Takata Air Bag Recalls

Highlights of Congressional Hearing on Takata Air Bag Recalls

Here is a USA Today video featuring highlights from the Dec. 3 Congressional hearing on the Takata air bag recalls. The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, under the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, conducted the hearing. For the story, click here.

December 4, 2014

Victim of Exploding Air Bag Testifies About Ordeal

Victim of Exploding Air Bag Testifies About Ordeal

Stephanie Erdman, a U.S. Air Force lieutenant, suffered major injuries when a Takata-made air bag exploded in her 2002 Honda Civic during a 2013 crash near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. In this CBS News video she testifies about her ordeal, as part of a Senate committee hearing Nov. 20. For more on the hearing, click here.

November 20, 2014

Government Pushes to Make Air Bag Recalls Nationwide

Government Pushes to Make Air Bag Recalls Nationwide

Citing new evidence, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asserts that defective driver's-side front air bags made by Takata pose a safety hazard that may not be limited to the previously designated high-humidity regions. As a result, automakers need to expand Takata air bag recalls on a nationwide scale, the agency said. Here is a report from CBS News.

November 18, 2014

Takata's Alleged Cover-Up of Air Bag Test Results

Takata's Alleged Cover-Up of Air Bag Test Results

Here is an NBC News report on new allegations that Takata Corp. covered up 2004 test results indicating the company's air bag inflators posed major safety risks.

November 9, 2014

GM CEO Discusses New Approach to Recalls

GM CEO Discusses New Approach to Recalls

In this new video, General Motors CEO Mary Barra explains the approach the company is taking to a record number of product recalls. “We are bringing greater rigor and a sense of discipline to our analysis and our decision making,” Barra says on the video, which is linked to a blog post by Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM global vehicle safety.

July 28, 2014

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