Good Morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know.
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.
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.