Aug 5, 2015

Takata's lobby spending rises 22% as recall scrutiny intensifies

Takata Corp. boosted spending on U.S. federal lobbying by 22 percent in the second quarter as it faced increased attention from regulators and lawmakers about faulty air bags behind the auto industry’s largest recall in history. The Japanese auto parts-maker paid $390,000 (¥48.5 million) ...

Jul 15, 2015

342,000 hybrid vehicles recalled in Japan

Toyota Motor Corp. reported to the transport ministry on Wednesday that it is recalling some 342,000 hybrid vehicles due to defects in the power system that could make the cars unable to run. The recall covers two models produced between February 2011 and November ...

Jul 10, 2015

Takata rejects U.S. senator's call for air-bag victim fund

Takata Corp has rejected a U.S. senator’s request to set up a fund that would compensate people injured or killed by its air bags. The Tokyo-based auto supplier notified Sen. Richard Blumenthal of its decision after the Connecticut Democrat called for a fund similar ...

New Honda chief discusses air bags, Asimo

Jul 9, 2015

New Honda chief discusses air bags, Asimo

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Although the root cause of Takata Corp.’s deadly air bag malfunctions remains unclear, Honda’s new president on Thursday tried to reassure drivers and passengers that recalled vehicles are rendered safe with replacement inflators. “Takata told us that the new inflator is safe, and we ...

Jul 9, 2015

Honda adds 4.5 million cars to Takata air bag recall

Honda Motor Co. added 4.5 million more vehicles globally to recalls involving Takata Corp. air bags Thursday, expanding preventative measures amid a growing toll of motorists injured or killed by the safety devices. The recall involves 1.63 million vehicles including Fit small cars and ...

Jun 25, 2015

Toyota, Nissan to recall 3 million more cars over air bags

Toyota and Nissan, the country’s two top automakers, on Thursday expanded their global car recall by more than 3 million vehicles to replace potentially deadly air bags that have already been linked to eight deaths. Toyota said it will call back an additional 2.86 ...

Honda reports eighth death related to exploding air bags

Jun 22, 2015

Honda reports eighth death related to exploding air bags

Honda Motor Co. confirmed Monday a new death linked to an air bag, bringing the global total to eight fatalities. The company said a woman in Los Angeles died last September after a faulty inflator in a 2001 Honda Civic ruptured, firing metal shrapnel ...

Jun 16, 2015

Transport Ministry to get more control over auto parts makers

An Upper House committee has approved a law revision to enable the transport ministry to demand defect reports directly from auto parts manufacturers when automakers issue recalls. The bill to revise the Road Transportation Vehicle Act was approved at a meeting of the Upper ...

Jun 16, 2015

Japan to boost regulatory control over auto parts makers

An Upper House committee has approved a law revision to enable the transport ministry to demand defect reports directly from auto parts manufacturers when automakers issue recalls. The bill to revise the Road Transportation Vehicle Act was approved at a meeting of the Upper ...

Jun 13, 2015

Honda confirms Lousiana death caused by Takata air bag

Honda Motor Co. said Friday that the death of a 22-year-old woman in Louisiana in April was caused by the rupture of an air bag made by Takata Corp., increasing the number of fatalities linked to the defective product to seven. “The air bag ...