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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.
There is a very small chance your car could kill you, if you don’t take it in for a recall repair. Knowing this – and also knowing that they’re getting shit for customers not getting repairs – automakers are going to huge and strange lengths to get you to pay attention. Including hiring private detectives to track you…
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.
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.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tested 1,900 airbag inflators made by Takata for the Ford Ranger, and found no problems, according to USA Today. But in late December, an unidentified man in a 2006 Ford Ranger was killed by his airbag when he was involved in a crash. As a result, five million more…
“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.
Thanks to its practice of making exploding airbags that had a habit of filling vehicle occupants with shrapnel, Takata was forced to recall 34 million airbags in the largest product recall ever. And now it just received the largest civil penalty in NHTSA history to match it, with a fine of up to $200 million.
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.