August 10, 2017- Nissan Has Agreed To Pay $97.7 Million To Settle Class-Action Claims
Nissan Motor Co. has agreed to pay $97.7 million in order to settle class-action claims of consumers who have been affected by the Takata air bag inflator recall. According to the statement made by Nissan, this agreement is not an admission of fault. Other auto companies that have agreed to similar settlements include Toyota Motor Corp., Subaru, BMW AG, and Mazda Motor Corp. So far the total settlement amount is $553 million and approximately 15.8 million vehicles with Takata air bag inflators have been affected. The settlement claims are meant to include an outreach program to contact owners of recalled vehicles, as well as to compensate consumers for any out-of-pocket expenses due to the air bag defects, among other things. Nissan has stated that they intend to greatly increase customer outreach and to speed up the recall completion process of Takata air bag inflators.
July 14, 2017- Twelfth Takata Air Bag Related Death Confirmed By Honda
On Monday, 10 July 2017, Honda Motor Co. confirmed a twelfth U.S. death involving a faulty Takata Corp air bag inflator. The accident happened in Florida in June 2016, when the deceased was working on repairs on a 2001 Honda Accord and the air bag exploded. Honda stated that the victim was using a hammer to repair the Honda that was parked. However, the ignition switch was in “on” position and the airbag inflator was activated. This activation led to the bag rupturing as it blew up. The victim died the next day. This incident is the 12th Takata airbag related death in the United States.
June 8, 2017- U.S. Senators Looking For Answers About The Takata Airbag Recall
U.S. Senate leaders who are overseeing transportation issues are seeking answers about the status of the Takata airbag inflator recall. Takata airbag inflators have already caused at least 11 deaths in America. U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who chairs the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and the committee’s ranking Democrat, Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, wrote a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, looking for details about the repairs. The Senators have taken this action since President Trump has yet to nominate someone to head the agency overseeing the recall since he took office. The Senators are urging the new administration to continue to work toward coordinated recall efforts and focusing on repairing the highest-risk vehicles as soon as possible.
May 18, 2017- Australian Woman Fighting For Her Life After Takata Airbag Accident
An Australian woman is fighting for her life after she was involved in an accident that caused her faulty airbag to explode. The 21-year-old woman from Darwin was struck in the head by metal shrapnel propelled from the airbag following a low-speed crash. The Takata airbag in her Toyota RAV4 SUV was one of nearly 100 million worldwide to be recalled, including 2.1 million in Australia. This woman is the first Australian local victim of this global recall crisis.
April 13, 2017- Retired Middle School Teacher Dies From Takata Airbag Explosion Injuries
A retired middle school social studies teacher died from injuries she suffered in a low-speed crash in a Dearborn Heights parking lot. Her family states that her death is connected to the Takata airbag inflator defect. The accident happened as the 71-year old was trying to make a U-turn in the parking lot when she ended up bumping into a pole. The airbag exploded in her 2002 Honda CR-V and led her to suffer bruising across her neck, chest, and face as well as severe bruising around one of her eyes. Her family filed a civil lawsuit against Takata and Honda. Read more about her case here.
March 10, 2017- What Happens With The Airbag Recall Since Takata Pleaded Guilty?
Recently, Takata pleaded guilty in federal court to deceiving automakers about the safety of its airbags. In a separate lawsuit, Takata pleaded guilty to new accusations against automakers. However, automakers are disputing charges against them that state they knowingly installed the defective airbags in their cars. Regardless, there are still a lot of vehicles that require fixing. So what happens to the millions of U.S. consumers who are still waiting to replace or fix the potentially deadly Takata airbags? According to automotive analysts, a guilty plea does not mean Takata’s problems are over. There is still a lot of work to be done. For now, justice is in the form of Takata agreeing to pay $1 billion in penalties to settle criminal charges that it knowingly sold millions of defective airbags to automakers which caused at least 11 deaths and a myriad of injuries.
February 13, 2017- Repaired BMWs Found With Defective Takata Airbags
BMW AG is recalling nearly 23,000 vehicles in America after it was discovered that some of them may have been fitted with defective Takata Corp. airbag inflators during repairs. The vehicles that were affected used airbags that were manufactured by Petri AG. Petri AG is a German parts maker bought by Takata in 2000. The vehicles that needed repairs were fitted with airbag module, Takata PSDI-4 inflators. The affected vehicles will be inspected by BMW dealers and will replace any Takata airbag inflators they discover.
January 13, 2017- Toyota Adds More Cars For Takata Airbag Recall
Toyota Motor Corp has reported that it is recalling 543,000 more vehicles for defective front passenger airbag inflators that were made by Takata Corp. According to Toyota, the recall includes various models of sedans and SUVs that were made between 2006-2012. Other recalled models include the 2008-2009 Scion xB, 2009 and 2012 Corolla and Corolla Matrix, 2007-2009 and 2012 Toyota Yaris, 2012 4Runner and Sienna and different versions of Lexus made between 2006-2012. Read more about the recall here.
December 14, 2016- Takata Airbag Recall Now Includes Ferrari, Tesla And McLaren Models
The Takata airbag recall now includes the McLaren P1, all Tesla Model S cars, and some Ferraris. Tesla is recalling all 2012-2016 Model S vehicles manufactured, McLaren’s full lineup is being recalled wich includes the 570, 650S, 675LT, MP4-12C and P1. Ferrari is recalling its new expansion lineup from the 2016-2017 model years, including the 2017 Audi R8. Also added to the recall list is the 2012 Lexus LFA and Fisker Karma models. The Takata airbag started over two and a half years ago and since then numerous automakers have been added to the list. This means that some automakers have likely been selling brand new vehicles with faulty airbags.
November 25, 2016- Fort Bend Teen Airbag Lawsuit Settled
Parents of a 17-year-old girl who died after her 2002 Honda Civic airbag deployed and was struck in the neck by a metal shard inside the bag, have settled a product liability lawsuit. Her parents filed a product liability case soon after her death in April. Their lawsuit focused on the use of the explosive, ammonium nitrate, which is used in the airbag inflators. The defendants in the case included Japanese airbag maker Takata Corp., American Honda Motor Co. and a local car dealer, Westside Hummer. Lawyers representing the family stated that the lawsuit has been resolved and there has been a confidential settlement.
October 28, 2016- Largest Airbag Recall Keeps Getting Bigger
Recently, Toyota announced that it is recalling another 5.8 million vehicles all over the world because of Takata’s exploding airbags. This latest recall brings the total number of vehicles Toyota has recalled since the beginning of the Takata scandal to 23.1 million. This latest recall does not include the U.S. according to the automaker because it has already recalled models that were produced during the relevant period. So far Toyota has recalled over 4.5 million vehicles in America.