Honda has upgraded its last recall increase from an expected 1.7M vehicles. Honda recall increased to 2.2M vehicles over Takata airbag defects. This increase is roughly 500,000 more vehicles than originally expected and a different airbag issue will add another 341,000 recalls.
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety released a report titled “Missing.” The report covers what the organization believes is a huge public health epidemic: state vehicle safety law deficiencies. Missing, in this instance not only describes the lack of laws, but also the lives lost and injuries suffered over the last ten years as a result of these deficiencies.
Former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) chief Joan Claybrook issued a statement on Friday, January 15 criticizing the U.S. Department of Transportation’s collaboration with the auto industry on “Proactive Safety Principles.” According to Claybrook: DOT’s “Proactive” Safety Principles are worthless.
Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) said, “Volkswagen made a decision to cheat on emissions tests and then tried to cover it up. They need to make it right.” CARB rejected the latest proposed engine fix as “incomplete,” sending Volkswagen back to the drawing board one day before VW CEO Matthias
Yesterday, Mark Rosekind, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, advised that the Takata airbag recall numbers “very likely to grow, perhaps by a lot.” So far, the recall impacts over 19M vehicles produced by 11 different companies. Rosekind said, “The fact that this crisis festered for so long. That some made efforts to
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) made the naughty list this year. In Washington, DC that is; the North Pole has yet to issue a comment. Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) certainly commented about NHTSA’s recall completion rates in the Takata airbag crisis, though. The Senators’ statement follows.
A potentially sad holiday story had a happy ending. According to 12WHAM in Rochester, New York, 89-year old Anthony DePinto left home on December 17 and got lost. Anthony has dementia. He didn’t have a cell phone but thought that OnStar would be willing to help him and pressed the button. They weren’t, though. OnStar unhelpful to non-subscribers in emergencies?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) broke out the big hammer again. This time, Fiat Chrysler was the nail. NHTSA fined Fiat Chrysler $70M for withholding safety data.
As bad an idea as that may seem, some drivers are choosing driving with no airbags over risking an explosion of defective Takata airbags. Millions of drivers are waiting for recall replacements but, for the majority, there’s no end in sight. One man took matters into his own hands, literally, and removed the Takata airbags from his vehicle.
A new recall has been issued by Toyota regarding Takata airbag inflators. This recall is for vehicles in Japan only and affects 1.6M vehicles that were recalled, inspected and deemed safe enough to not repair earlier this year. Nissan recently reported a previously inspected vehicle’s airbag inflator exploded, seriously injuring a passenger. This prompted Toyota to issue this massive recall. The company will replace the airbag inflators with a Takata model that does not contain ammonium nitrate.