Friday, May 29, 2015

Automakers release information on models affected by expanded airbag recall.

Several major news outlets, including two network evening news programs, report that automakers are releasing information about the vehicles covered by last week’s expanded recall of defective Takata airbags. Reports note that last week, the NHTSA announced that Takata agreed to double the number of airbags it recalled to nearly 34 million.
        For its part, the CBS Evening News (5/28, story 11, 0:20, Rose, 5.08M) reported that on Thursday, “more car models were added to the massive recall.”
        Reporter David Kerley said on ABC World News (5/28, story 6, 1:45, Muir, 5.84M) that on Thursday, Ford, Mitsubishi, BMW and Chrysler have released information about which vehicles “carry potentially defective bag inflators, which can rupture when deployed.” However, Kerley added that all the vehicles “affected have still not been listed.”
        The AP (5/29, Krisher) reports that carmakers, along with Canadian and US regulators, are releasing information, which indicate, which vehicles are covered by the recall. The article then goes on to list some of the vehicles that are being recalled.
        Reuters (5/29, Woodall) says that on Thursday, BMW, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Honda, Ford Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. expanded their recalls of vehicles equipped with Takata airbags.
        In a separate article, Reuters (5/29, Kim) reports that Honda is recalling roughly 350,000 vehicles in the US due to the airbags.
        USA Today (5/29, Woodyard, 5.01M) notes that on Thursday, carmakers added “millions” of vehicles “to their official lists of models recalled.” The paper reports that when the NHTSA announced the expanded recall last week, the agency indicated that “it knew the grand total” of affected vehicles, “but did not have a list of the individual models.” USA Today adds that the “task of determining the additional models was left up to automakers.”
        Edmunds (5/29, Lienert, 399K) reports the NHTSA indicated that Fiat-Chrysler is expanding its recall of vehicles with defective Takata airbags to 4.5 million.

        House panel to hold hearing on Takata recall next week. Reuters (5/29, Woodall) reports the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade will hold a hearing next Tuesday on the Takata airbag recall. NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind is expected to take part in the hearing. Takata Executive Vice President Kevin Kennedy is also expected to appear before the House panel next week. 

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