Airbags

Southern Californians urged to fix their defective air bags before they 'explode like a grenade'

Four years after the federal government issued a recall that ultimately expanded to 42 million defective air bags, several hundred thousand Southern …

California

We can now work next to our robot colleagues without getting mauled to death, thanks to an airbag

German researchers at the DLR Robotics and Mechatronics Center are working to create a safer workplace for both man and robot. One solution they’ve come up with: airbags for robots.<p>An inflatable cushion surrounds a heavy or sharp tool (like a claw or a gripper) on a robotic arm; when there’s a …

Robotics

Out of Thin Air: The Making of Nike VaporMax

Lighter than air<p>In 1978, Nike’s Air technology made its debut in the soles of the Nike Tailwind. Nine years later, the Air Max 1 showed the world …

Shoes

Ford Patents a New Airbag Meant to Make Vehicle Rollovers Safer

<b>Ford has filed a patent application for a headliner airbag.</b><p>Although rollovers aren’t common, they do occur and are quite dangerous for vehicle …

Patents

Takata shares drop on reports of carmaker-led push for restructuring

Shares in Takata sank on Wednesday amid reports the troubled airbag maker might let its customers decide on how to restructure the company as it …

21st Century

How The Replacement was the best new drama on TV – until it totally botched its ending

Never go Full MacGyver.<p><i>The Replacement</i> really did promise so much. After two episodes of slickly made, stylishly shot, well-acted, …

TV

Porsche issues trio of recalls for collision-related safety issues

The last thing you want is a windshield that pops out inadvertently.<p>When a collision occurs, it's incredibly important that all necessary parts perform as functioned. Porsche's latest recalls address issues to that end.<p>The three recalls below cover various safety-related issues that only make …

Cabriolets

Nissan recalls more than 54,000 cars, cites air bag problem

<b>New York:</b> Nissan is recalling more than 54,000 cars because of curtain and seat-mounted air bags that may unexpectedly deploy when the door is …

Nissan

U.S. auto recalls hit record high 53.2 million in 2016 | Reuters

By David Shepardson<br>| WASHINGTON<p>WASHINGTON Automakers recalled a record 53.2 million vehicles in 2016 in the United States after a massive expansion …

21st Century

Here’s How the Takata Air Bag Recall Could Have Been Avoided

“Perhaps the granddaddy of all automotive scandals.” That’s how a <i>Fortune</i> article once described the problems surrounding the Chevrolet Corvair in the …

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Ford Recalls 32,000 Vehicles Over Airbags That Won’t Inflate

So far, more than 42 million vehicles equipped with shrapnel-shooting Takata airbags have been recalled in the U.S. But it’s another issue with the …

Consumer Protection

Ford is recalling more Takata airbag-equipped Ford and Lincoln models

<b>The Basics:</b> Takata, the beleaguered airbag supplier at the root of the largest recall in automotive history, has informed Ford of a problem with the airbags in just over 30,000 Ford and Lincoln models. The problem is not related to the non-desiccated ammonium nitrate airbag inflators that plague …

Ford recalls 32,000 cars for different kind of Takata airbag problem

Jeez, Takata, get a grip.<p>Ford's latest recall involves Takata airbags that don't inflate properly, but it's not the same problem that spurred the big Takata scandal last year.<p>Ford issued a recall covering approximately 32,000 North American examples of the 2016-2017 Ford Edge, 2016-2017 Lincoln MKX …

Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX and Continental Recalled for Airbag Defect

Ford is recalling some 32,000 2016 and 2017 model Edge SUVs and Lincoln MKXs, as well as 2017 Lincoln Continentals, for driver’s-side airbags that may not inflate properly. More than 27,500 are in the United States, with the remainder in Canada.<p>In a crash, the driver’s airbag might not fully …

Autos

U.S. Automakers Aware of Faulty Takata Airbags (F, HMC)

Major automobile makers were aware its cars were equipped with faulty airbags, court documents suggest.<p>On Monday, legal filings claim BMW, Ford (F), …

21st Century

One in 4 vehicles on US roads has unfixed safety recall

One in four vehicles on roads in the United States is operating with an unfixed safety recall, according to a recent Carfax study.<p>There are more than …

Michigan

What's Happening With the Takata Airbag Recall?

Takata has finally pleaded guilty to deceiving automakers about the safety of its airbags. Now automakers are disputing charges that they knowingly …

Home

Will Automakers' Brands Suffer From Airbag Accusations?

by , Staff Writer,<p>It’s the story that keeps on growing. It was expected that a settlement would be finalized Monday regarding Japanese auto parts …

Advertising Industry

Plaintiffs: 5 automakers knew Takata air bags were dangerous

DETROIT (AP) — Plaintiffs in dozens of lawsuits against air bag maker Takata and five automakers allege the car companies knew that Takata's products were dangerous yet continued to use them for years in order to save money.<p>The allegations against Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Ford and BMW were made in a …

Fuel Efficiency

Takata pleads guilty in air bag scandal

In pleading guilty, Takata admitted hiding evidence that millions of its air bag inflators can explode with too much force, hurling lethal shrapnel into drivers and passengers. USA TODAY

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Takata Pleads Guilty In Air Bag Scheme, Will Pay $1 Billion In Penalties

Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. has pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, and agreed to pay $1 billion for concealing a defect in millions of its air bag inflators.<p>The decision played out in a federal courtroom in Detroit on Monday, following a deal with the U.S. Justice Department.<p>The …

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Takata pleads guilty to fraud in air bag case involving 16 deaths

Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge and agreed to pay $1 billion for a scheme to conceal a deadly defect in millions of its air bag inflators.<p>Takata admitted to hiding problems that can cause inflators to explode with too much force, hurling shrapnel into …

Business

Flash - Japan's Takata pleads guilty in defective airbag case - France 24

WASHINGTON (AFP) -<p>Tokyo-based Takata formally pleaded guilty to fraud and will pay a billion-dollar fine to settle suits over its defective airbags, the Justice Department said.<p>A Michigan court gave a green light to the agreement reached last month on the scandal at the heart of the biggest car …

European News

Japan's Takata pleads guilty

Tokyo-based Takata has formally admitted it provided false information to clients about its defective airbags. Faulty inflators have been linked to a number of deaths and lots of injuries globally.<p>Japanese car parts manufacturer Takata pleaded guilty to fraud and was sentenced to pay $1 billion …

U.S. Department of Justice

Takata Pleads Guilty to Air-Bag Fraud

Japanese auto part manufacturer Takata will pay $1 billion after pleaing guilty in a Detroit federal court to selling faulty air bags. The company admitted to concealing defects that would cause the airbag to explode, sending loose parts flying toward passengers. The U.S. is seeking to extradite …

Fraud

The Latest: Takata pleads guilty to fraud in air bag case

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on Takata's guilty plea in an investigation of dangerous air bags (all times local):<p>3:40 p.m.<p>Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge and agreed to pay $1 billion for a scheme to conceal a deadly defect in millions of its air bag …

Business

Takata pleads guilty in air bag scandal, agrees to pay $1 billion

<b>By Tom Krisher And Ed White</b>, <i>The Associated Press</i><p>DETROIT — Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. pleaded guilty to fraud Monday and agreed to pay $1 …

Denver

Takata Pleads Guilty in Deadly Air Bag Case

Takata pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud for misleading automakers about the safety of its exploding air bags, which have been linked to at …

Fraud

Takata pleads guilty to fraud, will pay $1 billion over dangerous air bag flaw

AUTO INDUSTRY<p><b>Air bag maker pleads guilty, to pay $1 billion</b><p>Japanese auto parts maker Takata pleaded guilty to fraud Monday and agreed to pay a $1 billion penalty for concealing a deadly defect in millions of its air bags.<p>Takata admitted hiding evidence that its air bag inflaters can explode with …

Johnson & Johnson

Takata pleads guilty to fraud in faulty airbag cover-up

Japanese auto parts maker Takata has formally pled guilty in federal court today to a criminal fraud charge stemming from its cover-up of millions of faulty airbags. As part of the guilty plea, Takata admitted it intentionally hid the fact that its airbag inflators could explode and throw hot metal …

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