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Senators Hold Congressional Hearing to Examine Status of Takata Airbag Recall

Senators Hold Congressional Hearing to Examine Status of Takata Airbag Recall

As the number of potentially lethal Takata Corp. airbags continues to rise, U.S. senators held a congressional hearing earlier this week to address the status of the largest automotive recall in history. According to the findings of the hearing, around 21 million defective Takata airbags have been repaired or replaced. But that accounts for less than half of the 50 million recalled airbags, affecting approximately 37 million vehicles. And this does not take in to account the millions of airbags that are still expected to be added to the massive recall.  

Elected lawmakers on the Subcommittee for Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security questioned the rate of repairs and the actions of both regulators and the 19 automakers affected by the recall. Earlier this year, Ford Motor Co. announced a second death in its vehicles from a ruptured Takata airbag, which occurred over the summer of 2017 in West Virginia. That was one of three deaths in the U.S. and another in Australia in Summer 2017 alone. So far this year, there have been two more deaths in Malaysia. The total number of fatalities connected to Takata airbags to 23 worldwide, including 15 deaths in the U.S. In addition, there have been more than 200 reported injuries connected to the rupturing airbags.

More than a year ago, Takata agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges for concealing the extent of its faulty airbags and pay $1 billion to be distributed to affected individuals, the U.S. government, and the automakers. Six months later, the Japanese seatbelt and airbag maker filed for bankruptcy and is in the process of selling its business to Key Safety Systems, owned by Ningbo Joyson Electric Corp, located in China.

In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) established a Coordinated Remedy Program that prioritized recalls and replacements based primarily on geographic location and vehicle age. NHTSA said the program would allow the automakers to keep up with replacements while ensuring the recalls were eventually carried out to completion. Senator Bill Nelson, on the ranking minority leader of the Subcommittee, does not believe the NHTSA is doing a satisfactory job.

“NHTSA still seems to be playing a game of regulatory whack-a-mole and twiddling its thumbs when it comes to actually enforcing the coordinated recall approach and benchmarks for automakers,” said Nelson. “Overall, these completion rates are disappointing—unacceptable—and remain a cause of great concern.”

Of the 19 affected automakers, Honda Motor Co. was Takata’s largest client. Honda claims to have replaced or repaired around 14 million of the 18.5 million recalled airbags.

150,000 Takata Airbags Still on Open Recall List in Central Florida

150,000 Takata Airbags Still on Open Recall List in Central Florida

You might be one of about 150,000 people with dangerous airbags that could explode at any time you live in one of these Orlando ZIP codes: 32765 32708 32825 32828 32712 Heat and humidity make the already defective airbags more prone to blowing up and impaling drivers and passengers with jagged pieces of metal. Florida’s […]

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Many Defective Takata Airbags Still Not Repaired

Many Defective Takata Airbags Still Not Repaired

As of March 2018, millions of defective Takata airbags are still awaiting replacement, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). How Many Takata Airbags Are Under the Recall Order? The NHTSA says that the airbags are in millions of vehicles made by 19 different vehicle manufacturers. According to the NHTSA at a recent […]

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Honda Says 60,000 Vehicles Still Have Defective Takata Airbags

Honda Says 60,000 Vehicles Still Have Defective Takata Airbags

Honda is warning Americans that 62,000 of its vehicles are “ticking time bombs.” In an exclusive article in the Washington Post, Honda says these vehicles, typically older Hondas dating back to 2001, have defective Takata brand airbags. Honda claims to be ready and willing to repair these vehicles, but says it is having a hard […]

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Reported Intel Chip Flaw and Slowdown

Reported Intel Chip Flaw and Slowdown

Understanding Your Legal Rights and Remedies William C. Ourand, Esq. 2018 began with a bombshell report that instantly ignited a firestorm throughout the tech community.  According to The Register,[1] all Intel chips from the past decade may have critical security flaws that could allow unauthorized access to passwords and other sensitive information.   And to make […]

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Lessons from Remington – SIG Sauer’s P320

Lessons from Remington – SIG Sauer’s P320

By: Nicholas S. Gurney, Esq. Will ‘drop fire’ concerns over SIG Sauer’s P320 handgun lead to nationwide recall? In early August, retailer Omaha Outdoors shocked the firearm community with a warning: SIG Sauer’s P320 may fire when dropped.[1]  This revelation, hot on the heels of otherwise positive reviews of the popular striker-fired modular handgun platform, […]

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Cases

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Cases

Carbon monoxide (“CO”) poisoning is a major health problem in the United States, resulting in thousands of injuries—including permanent brain damage—and hundreds of deaths each year. Many, if not most, of these injuries and deaths could be avoided by responsible industry behavior—including by using reasonable safeguards, like CO detectors, and by properly designing and manufacturing […]

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Suing Lyft and Uber: Are There Any Viable Causes of Action Left?

Suing Lyft and Uber: Are There Any Viable Causes of Action Left?

This past session, the Florida Legislature passed, and the Governor promptly signed into law, House Bill 221. This bill constitutes a statewide overhaul of the laws governing transportation network companies (“TNCs”) like Uber and Lyft. Unfortunately, the legislation has horrible ramifications for consumers who are injured by a TNC driver, as it effectively eliminates certain […]

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