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Fri Sep 12, 2014, 01:09 PM

Air Bag Flaw, Long Known to Honda and Takata, Led to Recalls: New York Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/12/business/air-bag-flaw-long-known-led-to-recalls.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSumSmallMediaHigh&module=second-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

By HIROKO TABUCHI
SEPT. 11, 2014

An air bag exploded in a Honda Accord in 2004 in Alabama, shooting out metal fragments and injuring the car’s driver. At a loss to explain the incident, Honda and its Japanese air bag supplier deemed it “an anomaly” and did not issue a recall or seek the involvement of federal safety regulators.

Today, more than 14 million vehicles have been recalled by 11 automakers over rupture risks involving air bags manufactured by the supplier, Takata. That is about five times the number of vehicles recalled this year by General Motors for its deadly ignition switch defect.


Two deaths and more than 30 injuries have been linked to ruptures in Honda vehicles, and complaints received by regulators about various automakers blame Takata air bags for at least 139 injuries, including 37 people who reported air bags that ruptured or spewed shrapnel or chemicals. In one incident in December 2009, a Honda Accord driven by Gurjit Rathore, 33, hit a mail truck in Richmond, Va. Her air bag exploded, propelling shrapnel into her neck and chest, and she bled to death in front of her three children, according to a lawsuit filed by her family.

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If you look at the entire story...you will see that this company..Takada..was responsible for over 14,000,000 recalled airbags..Who knows how many injuries were not reported. Add this one to the list of crooks never prosecuted...

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