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Hyundai's new airbag system aims to protect in secondary collisions
Hyundai's new airbag system aims to protect in secondary collisions

Hyundai on Monday revealed its new multi-collision airbag system, which aims to keep drivers and passengers safe in the event of a secondary impact. Secondary crashes are collisions that occur after the initial impact. For instance, if a driver sideswipes another vehicle and the impact is not great...Read More»

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e XLE
Toyota's knocking on your door for your defective airbag

Toyota is eager to reach owners of vehicles with defective Takata airbag inflators to alert them about free replacement, so much so that the automaker confirmed Monday that it will start knocking on doors. In an e-mail to The Car Connection, a Toyota spokesperson said that the automaker's...Read More»

2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Yellow Jacket
FCA adds 1.6M vehicles to Takata airbag recall

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Thursday added 1.6 million more vehicles to the recall of defective Takata airbag inflators. FCA said this is the fourth and final phase of scheduled recalls for the faulty inflators. In the latest round of recalls, FCA will replace the passenger side airbag inflators...Read More»

2019 Toyota Tacoma
Toyota Tacoma recalled for brake fluid leak; Land Cruiser and Lexus LX 570 for seatbelt sensor error

Toyota on Thursday issued two new recalls for its pickup truck and its largest SUVs. The recalls affect the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, and the Toyota Land Cruiser and its Lexus LX 570 twin. The recalls are separate from one another; the Tacoma recall involves leaking brake fluid, while the Land...Read More»

2005 Toyota Corolla CE
Toyota to replace 65,000 defective Takata airbag inflators

Toyota on Wednesday issued a follow-up recall to replace defective Takata airbag inflators—again—on 65,000 vehicles. This time, however, Toyota said that it will replace the inflators with new units produced by another third-party supplier. The automaker announced the recall on...Read More»

2019 Honda Pilot
2019 Honda Pilot, Ridgeline recalled over airbag issue

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline and 2019 Honda Pilot are subject to a new recall over concerns that their side-curtain airbags may not deploy properly. In documents filed with the NHTSA in late November and published this week, the automaker said the pillar mounting holes in both the Pilot and Ridgeline...Read More»

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (Mercedes-AMG C63 S Cabriolet)
Mercedes-Benz recalls 104,000 cars over false airbag status error

An computer error that may not tell owners when the passenger-side airbag has been deactivated prompted Mercedes-Benz to issue a new recall for 104,663 vehicles. A software and signal error could show that the airbag is on and active when it's actually dormant. Owners who aren't aware of the airbag...Read More»

ZF exterior curtain airbag
Exterior airbags could add another layer of safety in the event of a car crash

Automakers have spent decades at work to improve passive safety, that is, functions to ensure occupants remain safe in the event of a crash. However, a new external airbag concept promises to further increases occupant safety by as much as 40 percent. German automotive supplier ZF showed off its...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 First Drive
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 airbag deployment fix rolls out

In September, owners of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 began to voice concerns over side-curtain airbags that would deploy suddenly while he or she tackled light off-road trails. The brand said last week it finally has a fix for the airbag deployment issue. Chevrolet said last week that it will fix all...Read More»

2005 Scion xA
Toyota recalls Scion xA for faulty airbag system

Toyota has initiated a recall for the Scion xA over an electrical short that may fault the car's airbag system. The automaker announced last Thursday that approximately 17,000 xA models from the 2004 to 2006 model years are subject to the recall. According to Toyota, the cars may experience an...Read More»

2019 Honda CR-V
Thieves are stealing Honda airbags and reselling them on the black market

In the past, car thieves have gone for unattended items, radio head units, and even the car itself. Now they’re going for airbags. According to a report by USA Today, there has been a recent spike in airbag thefts in many major markets around the country. The airbags, which can sell for over...Read More»

25 years of the airbag
Troubled Japanese airbag-maker Takata purchased by supplier Key Safety Systems

Key Safety Systems, a Michigan-based supplier of safety components for manufacturers, has agreed to purchase maligned Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata for $1.6 billion, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. Takata’s ongoing airbag recall scandal forced the company into bankruptcy earlier...Read More»

Inflated airbag
Report: Roughly two-thirds of Takata recall vehicles still need airbag fix

The infamous Takata recall still looms over the industry and the latest report from John Buretta, the independent monitor overseeing the recalls for the Justice department, shows that a majority of impacted vehicles haven't been repaired. Already the largest recall in automotive history, as of...Read More»

2016 Ram 1500
Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 pickups recalled due to airbag problem: 1 million vehicles affected

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 1 million Ram pickups from the 2013 to 2016 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that a software glitch could prevent some of the trucks' airbags and seatbelt pretensioners from deploying during collisions. The...Read More»

2015 Nissan Sentra  -  IIHS testing
2014-2017 Nissan Leaf, Sentra recalled over airbag problems

Nissan is recalling more than 25,000 Leaf and Sentra vehicles built between model years 2014 and 2017. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the front passenger airbags in some of those cars may not deploy as intended. The problem with the airbags is rooted in components...Read More»

2017 Porsche Macan GTS
2015-2017 Porsche Macan recalled to fix airbag systems: nearly 18,000 SUVs affected

Porsche is recalling nearly 18,000 Macan SUVs from the 2015, 2016, and 2017 model years. According to a bulletin published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the front passenger airbags in some of those vehicles may not deploy during crashes, increasing the risk of injury to...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
Takata formally admits guilt, agrees to $1 billion settlement

It's been over a month since we heard about Takata's proposed billion-dollar settlement to end an investigation by U.S. officials into charges of criminal wrongdoing. Yesterday in Detroit, District Court Judge George Steeh formally approved that proposal. Most of the funds that Takata ponies...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
Has Takata finally found a buyer?

After months of searching, beleaguered Japanese supplier Takata may have finally found its knight in shining armor. Insiders report that Chinese-owned, U.S.-based Key Safety Systems is slated to be the company's lucky buyer. Or rather, we should say "preferred buyer." While Key Safety Systems may...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
Takata to pay $1 billion fine, admit wrongdoing in proposed settlement

This is turning out to be a big week for automotive scandals. On Wednesday, the 16-month-long Dieselgate saga came to an end--or at least the end of its current chapter--when Volkswagen agreed to shell out $4.3 billion in fines to the U.S. More shocking, Volkswagen agreed to formally admit...Read More»

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