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Japan-based Takata Corporation isn't eligible for the Consumerist's Worst Company in America designation, as voted on by its readers, but that hasn't stopped the company from making all the wrong moves. Just a few weeks ago, the company stood accused of destroying test records that showed design flaws in its airbags, and now it's ignored the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's deadline to expand the recall of airbags that might be fatally flawed. The NHTSA gave Takata until midnight to comply with its order for a nationwide recall, which the company let pass. Takata asserts that it should be the automakers who determine if a recall is necessary, not the suppliers. That said, Takata... Read more...
In what could be one of the biggest violations ever, Honda Motor Co. admitted that it had failed to report more than 1,700 claims of injury or death to US regulators from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2014. Because of the company’s negligence, it could be fined $35 million.According to an internal review that was filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Honda blamed its under-reporting of the incidents to “inadvertent data entry or computer program errors.” During the aforementioned time period, Honda had only reported 1, 144 serious injury claims with the omissions only being revealed due to the recent investigations focusing on the airbag recalls by Takata Corp.“The audit identifies... Read more...
Airbag maker Takata Corp fessed up that there may be more defective air bags in the wild than previously thought. A defect in the driver-side air bag inflator has already been linked to at least four deaths and over a dozen injuries, along nearly 31,000 recalled vehicles by GM and Nissan, and now Takata is saying that it first began making airbags with the defect as far back as 2008. The flaw consists of a bad part that could cause the inflator to rupture. If that happens, the airbag explodes with more force than is usual, resulting in metal shards being thrown about inside the vehicle. The defect was uncovered when a Georgia woman sued GM in October 2013 after claiming that a defective driver-side... Read more...