Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Reuters (1/26, Shepardson, Woodall) reports the NHTSA on Tuesday announced that Takata Corp is recalling 5.1 million US vehicles deemed defective, after the company identified an 11th death that may be linked to a faulty airbag. For the first time, the new recall also includes some 2014 models and newer vehicles are under “investigation and could be subject to recall at a later date,” Takata said. So far, some 24 million vehicles have been recalled in the US, but the numbers could increase again. Ford on Tuesday was the first automaker to announce a recall.
Bloomberg News (1/26, Ma, Horie, 3.4M) reports the Takata inflators’s scandal “has spread to India after a first reported death involving the components.” Honda Motor Co. “said that a 2007 Honda Civic was traveling at a high speed in India last April when it rolled over and crashed, resulting in the driver’s death,” the article reports. Honda found out about the accident “three months later and investigations showed the air bag made by Takata had deployed and ruptured, though the cause of death hasn’t been determined, according to Honda spokesman Ben Nakamura.”