Air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the U.S. so far.
Fiat Chrysler has added almost 69,000 Jeep Cherokees to a recall in order to fix side air bags that can inflate without a crash. The recall now covers nearly 317,000 vehicles.
Nissan is adding 45,000 small cars to a previous recall after a woman was injured by flying shrapnel from an exploding air bag. The woman’s 2006 Nissan Sentra was not part of any recall.
Honda is adding nearly 105,000 vehicles to its growing recall of air bag inflators that can explode with too much force. Dealers will replace the driver air bag inflators for free.
An autopsy has found that a metal disc from a defective air bag sliced into a Texas man’s neck and killed him after a low-speed car accident last month.
Ford has agreed to government demands to expand a driver’s side air bag inflator recall to the entire nation. The move adds 447,000 Ford vehicles to the recall list.
Chrysler is bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators, and will add about 179,000 vehicles to a recall list for air bags that could explode with too much force.
Takata Corp. rejected demands Wednesday for a nationwide recall of millions of air bags, setting up a possible legal showdown and leaving some drivers to wonder about the safety of their cars.
Under pressure from federal regulators, Honda is expanding a recall of driver’s side air bags to all 50 states. The recall began this past June for high-humidity regions.
Japan’s Takata Corp. refused to comply with a U.S. government demand for an expanded recall of its air bags that can explode and shoot out shrapnel, and instead passed along the crucial decision to automakers.
Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, automakers are expanding recalls or adding them to fix potentially faulty passenger air bags in high-humidity states.
After nearly four hours of testimony about exploding air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their cars are safe.