Despite an endless list of fascinating and destructive experiments you can try, microwaves should really only be used to heat food. Not lightbulbs, not highlighters, and definitely not an airbag from a car. Unless you’ve got a high-speed camera to record the microwave’s door turning into a high-speed missile.
Honda just confirmed that in June of 2016, someone died while fixing a 2001 Honda Accord after a faulty Takata airbag went off. The company says it’s the 11th confirmed death in the U.S. associated with Takata’s defective inflators. It’s also a reminder that working near airbags—particularly those known to violently…
A restructuring plan under consideration for longtime Japanese auto supplier Takata, responsible for the largest automotive safety recall ever, would make the company stop producing airbag inflators, sources told Reuters. Takata has had to replace more than 100 million defective inflators worldwide.
It isn’t exactly earth-shattering news that automakers were well-aware that Takata airbags were a disaster waiting to happen. But a court document filed on Monday illustrates the extent of how much—and how long—four automakers knew.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has confirmed the eleventh death caused by an exploding Takata airbag. A 50 year-old woman died from her injuries following a collision while driving her 2001 Honda Civic on September 30th.
If you own a GM vehicle from 2014-2017, listen up: General Motors is recalling nearly 4.3 million vehicles worldwide after discovering a software defect that prevents air bags from deploying during a crash. The software bug may also prevent the seat belts from locking properly. The flaw has already been linked to one…
Multiple warnings about the dangers of the ammonium nitrate used in Takata airbags went ignored to save just a few dollars per airbag, according to a report by The New York Times. To date, faulty Takata airbags have killed at least 14 people and injured over 100 more, prompting the largest automotive safety recall in…
A woman was killed in her home by an explosion Monday morning involving a truckload of airbag detonation triggers which was on its way to a Takata automotive parts plant, according to multiple reports.
It all comes down to the cheap explosive, one that even Takata itself reportedly knew was going to get people killed.
If seeing that a vehicle has a zero-star safety rating isn’t enough to frighten a person out of his or her mind, seeing said vehicle in a wreck probably is. Five cars designed for India—which has minimal safety requirements for vehicles—just received that number in crash testing, and videos from the test show why.
The Japanese Ministry of Transport is partnering with automakers to send workers to visit the homes of car owners who have not yet had their potentially lethal Takata airbags fixed. That might seem strange to outsiders, but in Japan, this kind of house call is the norm.
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At least four injuries and a death had connections to ruptured airbag inflators in Honda cars by August 2009, the month in which the manufacturer requested a design change by supplier Takata Corporation. But neither company notified U.S. regulators of the request, potentially making both more vulnerable in lawsuits.
A new report from the consortium of 10 automakers investigating the nightmarish Takata airbag failures have found three root causes to be at fault. After looking them over, it really sounds like one key failure.
If you’ve ever been in a car crash and, while looking at the damage, regretted you don’t drive with a couple of mattresses strapped to your car, you’ll be pleased to hear this: automotive safety supplier ZF TRW is developing an external airbag system that could be in cars as soon as 2020.
Back in December, 52-year-old Joel Knight was plodding along in his 2006 Ford Ranger when he crashed into a cow and a fence. The odd part, according to the law firm representing his family, is that the crash didn’t kill him. The airbag did.
“Happy Manipulating!!!” wrote Takata airbag engineer Bob Schubert in an email obtained by The New York Times. Schubert’s 2006 note regarding airbag tests was one of many documents unsealed from a personal injury lawsuit against Takata that suggest the company has a systemic issue with data manipulation.
NHTSA just released lab-test footage of a violent Takata airbag deployment. That reminded us of one of rural-America’s most cherished pastimes: blowing up microwaves with airbags.
Motorcycle jackets with built-in airbags are far from being a new life-saving innovation, but Dainese’s new Misano 1000 works completely independent of the bike being ridden, increasing the odds of it inflating when it’s needed most.