Honda is back in the news due to its recent decision to recall about 1.3 million vehicles because of concerns over their Takata airbags exploding. With the recall, Honda plans on replacing the metal inflators in passenger-side airbags in order to make the vehicles safer. However, this isn’t the first time Honda has had to
The Takata airbag inflator saga continues as GM tells NHTSA some Takata airbag safety risks are inconsequential. As surprising as that may seem, the company asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to relieve it of any notification and remedy obligations pertaining to some passenger-side airbag inflators in its GMT900 vehicle platform. If granted, GM will not have to tell vehicle owners and lessors about the defects in these airbag inflators, much less replace them.
Ralph Nader recently said of the election of Trump: “This could be the most serious event in American political history.” (1) In this piece, we look at the power of Presidents to protect people. Ralph Nader is probably the most knowledgeable person on the subject of safety and his views have proven trustworthy. In his
Apparently, recall season in the automotive industry has yet to end for 2016. This time, it’s not about airbags or emissions, though. Toyota issued a 340,000 vehicle Prius recall recently. The recall covers a potentially dangerous issue with the cars’ parking brakes.
Recently, I received a notice from Lou Lombardo, auto safety advocate and creator of Care for Crash Victims, about another well-known automotive safety advocate. I’m pleased to announce that Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) was recognizing Clarence Ditlow’s contributions to Americans’ automotive safety.
General Motors, GM, has asked for a one year delay in Takata airbag recalls related to GM vehicles so that a research firm, Obital ATK, can complete a study of the airbags. The research is aimed at determining the service life of the inflators, and is scheduled for completion in August 2017. GM claims that
German prosecutors and the U.S. Department of Justice, DOJ, have Robert Bosch GmbH under investigation in the Volkswagen emission scandal. In July 2016, the district judge preliminarily approved a settlement in a class action lawsuit that was filed against Volkswagen. If final approval is received, the company will compensate those that purchased or leased a
A recent article by The New York Times gave us all a brief look at GM, Takata, history and profit motivation. The look is frightening. It shows how one corporation decided to put profits over consumer safety. Thanks go out to Louis Lombardo of Care for Crash Victims for the lead.
Nearly one week ago, the first Volkswagen employee to be charged in the diesel emissions “defeat device” scandal entered into a plea agreement, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The man, James Liang, age 62, could face up to five years in prison. VW engineer Liang pleaded guilty in emissions conspiracy and the plea agreement was entered into in a Detroit District Court.