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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.
While Takata has agreed to the largest consumer product recall ever of 34 million cars with their defective and potentially explosive airbags, millions of cars with Takata airbags have already had theirs replaced under previous recalls. Except hundreds of thousands of those airbags will now have to be replaced a…
Here's a terrifying video that shows the importance of having an airbag that works as it's supposed to versus having an airbag that works... but is a hundredth of a second late. You see one watermelon drop in slow motion and get cradled by the deployment of an airbag versus another watermelon that explodes.
Until today, automakers like Honda assured owners of cars affected by the Takata airbag recall that their vehicles likely wouldn't have shrapnel-filled airbag explosions if they lived in non-humid climates. Needless to say, that's not very reassuring. So today, after pressure from regulators, they'll be replacing all…
Alpinestars is out with its first pair of street-focused airbag-equipped jackets, and they have me seriously considering hanging up by beaten and battered leathers and taking the leap.
Japanese airbag supplier Takata faces a global backlash not just because of their defective exploding airbags, but because they knew about the problem for years. Now, a a New York Times report claims Takata officials acted swiftly to cover up the problem after discovering it in secret testing.
Remember that list of cars affected by the Takata airbag recalls? NHTSA revised it last night, adding some cars and removing others. The most up-to-date list is here in the updated story.
While the world may be burned out on hearing about automotive recalls after General Motors' acknowledged their ignition switch defect and then recalled just about every car they've made in the last 17 years, drivers now face a safety problem that is far more widespread and possibly even more dangerous.
We take airbags for granted today, being the preferred way for most of us not to slam our faces into windshields and dashboards at speed. But it's easy to forget just how difficult it was to get them in cars a few decades ago. This little NYT Retroreport does a nice job recapping the fight.
2012 to 2013 Land Rover Evoques and 2010 to 2015 Land Rover LR2s, as many as 40,551 SUVs, are being recalled because the cars can't tell if someone's sitting in the front passenger seat. With that system not working correctly, the passenger airbag might not go off in a crash.
Ducati became the first motorcycle manufacturer to integrate Dainese's D-Air airbag system into one of its bikes earlier this year, and now we get to see how the system handles crashing into one its corporate siblings.
Due of the massive Takata airbag recall, Honda has issued a stop-sale on any new cars that are impacted, but they can't hold back pre-owned vehicles. Some used vehicles are not recalled, but may be affected. Honda is telling dealerships to have customers sign a liability document.
My favorite airbags are the ones that do not explode and fire shrapnel at me. Unfortunately, those were not the kinds of airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata. The company now prepares to take a $440 million loss in the second quarter amidst millions of recalls.