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Japanese airbag maker Takata admits defects forcing the recall of 34m vehicles

Wednesday, May 20th 2015 - 05:27 UTC
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Japanese airbag maker Takata has said that mechanisms in the airbags of almost 34 million cars are defective. It will lead to the largest recall in US automotive history, affecting models from 11 carmakers. . The number is double previous estimates for faulty air bags from the manufacturer. Read full article

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  • ChrisR

    Oh dear, what can the matter be?

    Sounds like a monumental fuck-up to me at the design stage.

    How can the explosive capsule be open to the atmosphere such that the material has the burn rate so badly affected.

    Millions and millions of vehicles to modify with all that that entails with US potential litigation.

    Oh dear!

    May 20th, 2015 - 10:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Just as well I don't drive a Japanese car...

    May 20th, 2015 - 11:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    Thats American blame culture for you. Where there is blame there is a claim.

    May 20th, 2015 - 05:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 2 Briton
    “Just as well I don't drive a Japanese car...”

    Don't kid yourself that the airbag is not a Takata. This level of manufacturing gets into all makes at some time or another.

    As long as the airbag is specified, with others, for approval to be used on your car you have no control on what is supplied with your vehicle.

    Sobering thought that?

    May 20th, 2015 - 06:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

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    ChrisR is right...

    BMW: 627,615 total number of potentially affected vehicles
    Chrysler: 371,309 total number of potentially affected vehicles
    Ford: 58,669 total number of potentially affected vehicles
    General Motors: undetermined total number of potentially affected vehicles
    Honda: 5,051,364 total number of potentially affected vehicles
    Mazda: 64,872 total number of potentially affected vehicles
    Mitsubishi: 11,985 total number of potentially affected vehicles
    Nissan: 694,626 total number of potentially affected vehicles
    Subaru: 17,516 total number of potentially affected vehicles
    Toyota: 877,000 total number of potentially affected vehicles

    ...right back to 2001...

    May 20th, 2015 - 06:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    You may well be right, mine is a Renault scenic,
    but how are they going to replace every car, its going to cost millions,

    no doubt we will all end up paying for it.

    May 21st, 2015 - 06:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    None of the press I have seen has mentioned “GRENADE”!

    See the effects for yourself:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3090171/Are-lose-car-Australian-drivers-hit-biggest-car-recall-seen-half-MILLION-cars-recalled-already.html

    Apparently the capsules were not sealed correctly against the ingress of water / water vapour.

    This will probably see off the family owned world-wide business when all the claims come rushing in.

    May 21st, 2015 - 10:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Thanks for that.

    May 22nd, 2015 - 06:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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