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UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018

U.S. probes 4 deaths in Hyundai-Kia cars when air bags failed

Air bags in some Hyundai and Kia cars failed to inflate in crashes and four people are dead. Now the U.S. government’s road safety agency wants to know why.


Takata adds 3.3 million air bag inflators to massive recall

Japanese air bag maker Takata is recalling an additional 3.3 million faulty air bag inflators as it expands the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017

Woman hurt by Takata air bag urges owners to get cars fixed

A woman who was seriously hurt by an exploding Takata air bag inflator in a 2013 crash is helping Honda’s effort to persuade car owners to get the dangerous parts …


Mitsubishi recalls small cars; air bags may not inflate

Mitsubishi is recalling nearly 84,000 small cars in the U.S. because the air bags may not inflate in a crash.


Toyota, Honda and Mazda to be sued in Australia over air bag

A Sydney lawyer announced on Tuesday a class action lawsuit against Toyota, Honda and Mazda seeking refunds for cars fitted with faulty air bags from Takata that have been linked …


Australian consumer watchdog investigates Takata air bag recall

Australia’s consumer watchdog said on Monday it was urgently seeking information from the government regulator and car manufacturers after a magazine reported that recalled Takata air bags were being replaced …


UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017

Takata adds new type of inflator to huge air bag recall

Takata Corp. will recall an additional 2.7 million airbag inflators in the U.S. after it concluded it could explode in a crash despite using a chemical additive to ensure their …


UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017

Bankrupt Takata’s air bags still out there ‘like bombs’

Takata’s lethally defective air bags proved to be the company’s undoing Monday. But it could take years to get the dangerous devices off the road in the U.S. and around …


UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017

Learn how the air bag recall and Takata bankruptcy affect you

A look at what car owners need to know about the massive recall.


UPDATED: Sun., June 25, 2017

Takata files for bankruptcy, overwhelmed by air bag recalls

Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of faulty air bag …


How dangerous air bags can find their way into used cars

A Nevada crash that nearly killed a young woman has exposed a hole in the government’s efforts to get dangerous Takata air bag inflators off the road: There’s nothing that …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017

Takata pleads guilty in air bag scandal, agrees to pay $1 billion

Plaintiffs in dozens of lawsuits against air bag maker Takata and five automakers allege the car companies knew that Takata’s products were dangerous yet continued to use them for years …


Takata air bag recalls to cover 42 million cars when done

The U.S. government says automakers will end up recalling 42 million vehicles with potentially deadly air bag inflators made by Takata Corp.


U.S. allows GM to delay recall to prove safety of air bags

U.S. auto safety regulators are allowing General Motors to delay a large recall of potentially defective air bags, giving the company time to prove that the devices are safe and …


FCA recalling 1.9 million vehicles for air bag defect

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 1.9 million vehicles worldwide because their air bags might not deploy in a crash.


GM recalls 4M vehicles for air bag defect linked to 1 death

General Motors recalled more than 4 million vehicles, most of them in the U.S., to fix an air bag software defect that has been linked to one death.


Takata troubles worsen as truck explodes, kills Texas woman

Air bag maker Takata Corp.’s troubles worsened Monday as the company confirmed that a truck carrying its inflators and a volatile chemical exploded last week in a Texas border town, …


Newfoundland death triggers air bag probes in US, Canada

Auto safety investigators in two countries may have a new air bag problem to deal with.


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GM recalls about 308,000 cars; air bags may not work in crash

DETROIT – General Motors is recalling nearly 308,000 older Chevrolet Impala sedans in the U.S. and Canada because the air bags might not inflate in a crash. The recall covers …


Recall of dangerous Takata air bags affects 1 in 8 vehicles, report says

Recalls of cars with potentially deadly Takata air bags affect about 1 in 8 vehicles nationwide, but a lot of people don’t know whether they are personally at risk, according …


Owners of old Honda vehicles urged to get air bags fixed

The U.S. government is urging owners of 313,000 older Hondas and Acuras to stop driving them and get them repaired after new tests found that their Takata air bag inflators …


GM announces largest Takata recall yet, says air bags are safe; NHTSA disagrees

General Motors announced its largest recall of Takata air bag inflators yet, but the nation’s biggest automaker says the parts are unique to its trucks and SUVs and don’t pose …


Report: 4 companies selling new cars with Takata inflators

At least four automakers are selling new vehicles that have potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators, according to a new Senate report.


Toyota adding 1.6 million vehicles to Takata air bag recall

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 1.6 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace potentially faulty front passenger air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan.


Fiat Chrysler recalls 500,000 Jeeps; air bags may not work

Fiat Chrysler is recalling about a half-million Jeep Wrangler SUVs worldwide because the driver’s air bag may not inflate in a crash.


Air bag inflator recall to grow by 35 million to 40 million

Takata will recall another 35 million to 40 million air bag inflators, a stunning increase that will more than double what already is the largest automotive recall in American history, …


U.S. ends Honda investigation for failing to report deaths, injuries

The U.S. government says it has closed an investigation into Honda’s failure to report deaths and injuries after the company met all of its obligations.


Air bag danger: U.S. counts 85M unrecalled Takata inflators

About 85 million Takata air bag inflators that haven’t been recalled are inside cars and trucks now being driven in the U.S. and would have to be replaced if the …


Toyota recalling 60,000 Avalons, Camrys for air bag defect

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 60,000 Avalon and Camry sedans in North America because their front passenger air bags may not deploy in a crash.