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Recalls redux - the week that was

22 July 2016

The auto industry's current roster of infamous, recall-related scandals remained in the just-auto news this week as further revelations unfolded. Example: this article, confirming an aspect of the saga already well scrutinised by both regulators and media - air bag supplier Takata routinely manipulated results of inflator tests supplied to Honda. Just today, we learned US regulators, aka NHTSA, want GM to recall another 4.3m Takata inflator-equipped vehicles. To use an old media biz term, this story 'has legs' and it sure will run awhile yet.


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Ups and downs

6 November 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one suppliers, this week Matthew Beecham talked with Detlef Jürss, group vice president and general manager Seating Components, Johnson Controls Automotive Seating. Well worth a look if you haven't enjoyed yet. He's also talked to Schaeffler about smarter repairs.


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Air bag recall still confusing

5 June 2015

Big News this week was the incredible confirmation - from NHTSA - of a 5.1m recall of Honda/Acura cars with airbags with Takata inflators. It had been flagged up earlier by the automaker but then came the report that neither supplier or US regulator are quite sure of the safety of up to 3m replacement parts.


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Dawn returns again...

15 May 2015

We heard this week that Toyota and Mazda are interested in working together in the future. Toyota is obviously the bigger player, but Mazda has some interesting plus points, not least its Skyactiv powertrain technology that improves ICE efficiency.

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Q&A with Takata: Occupant restraint systems

7 October 2013

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with global players in the occupant restraints market, Matthew Beecham talked with Claus Rudolf, Vice President of Global Engineering at Takata Corp. Headquartered Tokyo, Japan, Takata's products are primarily sold in Japan, the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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Automakers sue Takata in US court

16 March 2017

Global carmakers including Nissan Motor, BMW and Ford, this week launched a lawsuit in a US court against Japan's Takata for losses incurred due to its faulty airbags, according to reports in the US.


"Diesel issue" and 'bag recalls cost Audi EUR1.8bn

15 March 2017

Audi Group booked a EUR1.8bn charge in 2016 to cover costs "for the resolution of the V6 3.0 TDI diesel issue" and in connection with Takata airbag recalls. Even after these special items, operating profit was EUR3.1bn and operating return on sales 5.1%.


just-auto Plus only Ford North America recalls Edge/Lincoln vehicles

3 March 2017

Ford is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 32,000 2016-17 Ford Edge, 2016-17 Lincoln MKX and 2017 Lincoln Continental vehicles to replace the driver frontal airbag module. Ford was notified by Takata that certain driver frontal airbag...


Takata settlement deal approved by US court

28 February 2017

Troubled airbag supplier Takata has agreed a complex US federal court $1bn settlement with a judge noting he approved the figure because bankrupting the supplier would not be in other parties' best interests.


Forex gain, recall pain, expected for Takata Q3

10 February 2017

Troubled airbag supplier Takata Corporation said it expects to book non-operating income (foreign exchange gain) and special losses (recall costs) in the third quarter of the current fiscal year ending 31 March, 2017.


Takata shares fall on KSS rumours

7 February 2017

Crisis-hit Takata's share price has come under renewed pressure following rumours that Key Safety Systems (KSS) had been selected to lead its turnaround, something that could make a more drastic restructuring likely.


Honda India expands Takata airbag recall

1 February 2017

Honda Cars India said it would voluntarily replace Takata passenger front airbag inflators in 41,580 vehicles - previous generation Jazz, City, Civic and Accord - as part of parent Honda Motor's precautionary global recall campaign. 


Takata shares suspended ahead of rescue plans

20 January 2017

Takata shares were suspended on the Tokyo stock exchange this week at Wednesday’s closing price of JPY867 following reports that two companies are set propose separate rescue plans through the Japanese courts.


Honda Canada expands Takata airbag recall

18 January 2017

Excluding any vehicles subject to the earlier Takata airbag inflator recalls, approximately 298,613 additional Honda and Acura vehicles in Canada will become subject to recall as a result of this action.


Takata agrees settlement with US DOJ

16 January 2017

Troubled airbag supplier Takata Corporation said it had reached a settlement agreement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding previously disclosed issues related to the integrity of inflator validation testing and reporting.


just-auto Plus only Ford expands Takata airbag recall in the US

13 January 2017

As part of the planned expansion of vehicles included in the Takata inflator recalls described in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Takata Coordinated Remedy Order, Ford is expanding its safety recall on vehicles with certain passenger...


just-auto Plus only Honda expands Takata airbag recall in the US

12 January 2017

In the second phase of planned recalls first announced by NHTSA in May 2016 and based on recent Defect Information Reports (17E-001, 17E-002, and 17E-003) from the airbag inflator supplier Takata, Honda will conduct recalls covering approximately 1.29m Honda...


Takata restructuring delayed - report

15 December 2016

Takata's selection of a bidder is reportedly running behind schedule as prospective buyers embark on further due diligence work to review the crisis-hit airbag maker.


US DOT issues new Takata air bag recall order

12 December 2016

The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an amended order to continue the acceleration of recall repairs for millions of vehicle owners affected by the Takata air bag inflator recalls.


Takata appoints new VP of Ethics and Compliance

26 October 2016

Crisis-hit Takata Corporation has announced that its US subsidiary TK Holdings (TKH) has appointed Paul M. O’Brien as vice president of Ethics and Compliance.


just-auto Plus only Toyota expands Takata airbag recall in Australia

26 October 2016

Toyota Australia has recalled an additional 179,710 vehicles as part of its Takata airbag safety campaign. Three vehicle models are involved in this recall - Avensis Verso, Corolla and Yaris - with build dates ranging between March 2007 and December...


NHTSA confirms 11th US Takata fatality

24 October 2016

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has confirmed that a crash fatality in Riverside County, Calif., is tied to a rupture of a recalled Takata air bag inflator. The victim, a 50-year-old female, died after sustaining injuries in a crash on Friday,30 September 2016. NHTSA investigators have inspected the vehicle, in cooperation with local authorities.


Will a meeting this month clarify Takata's future?

11 October 2016

Troubled airbag inflator supplier Takata's future should be much more clear following a meeting this month.


KSS targets growth in Japan, post-Takata

11 October 2016

Key Safety Systems (KSS), the Chinese-owned US-based safety equipment manufacturer, said it aims to double revenues in Japan by 2020 by winning over business lost by troubled airbag manufacturer Takata Corporation.


just-auto Plus only Honda Malaysia extends Takata recall

10 October 2016

Honda Malaysia on 7 October 2016, continued to assure customers of its commitment and ongoing measures to ensure the safety of customers by extending the operation of its hubs for Takata airbag inflator replacement activities. Honda Malaysia would like to...


All Takata takeover proposals call for bankruptcy

3 October 2016

All five companies that submitted takeover proposals for Takata Corporation last week require the Japanese airbag manufacturer to file for bankruptcy protection, according to a Reuters report citing people close to the restructuring process.


just-auto Plus only Honda-initiated audit result of Takata airbag test

29 September 2016

In October 2015, after Honda became aware of evidence that Takata falsified and manipulated test data for certain airbag inflators, Honda requested that Takata fully cooperate with an “independent engineering integrity audit” of all Takata frontal...


Piston Group completes Takata trim unit buy

28 September 2016

As reported earlier, Piston Group has acquired Takata's Irvin Automotive Products, creating one of the largest privately-owned automotive supplier groups in Michigan.


Latest Takata death is Malaysia's fourth this year

28 September 2016

Another death involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator has been announced.


South Korea expands Takata inflator recall

28 September 2016

South Korea's government said 13 automakers would recall about 110,000 vehicles equipped with Takata air bags.


Takata selling interiors unit

28 September 2016

The Piston Group, a Detroit auto parts maker, reportedly will buy a Takata interiors subsidiary, Irvin Automotive though the deal is not connected with the sellers' airbag recall woes.


Bankruptcy issue may drag out Takata rescue

26 September 2016

A plan to sell Takata to a rescuer, slated by year-end, is likely to extend into next year as some bidders want to drag the air bag maker through bankruptcy to wipe out most of its debt, sources have told the Reuters news agency.


just-auto Plus only Takata's comments on report filed with US NHTSA

26 September 2016

Takata Corporation on 23 September 2016, provided the following comment on a report the company filed with US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that was posted on the NHTSA website. The report, which fulfils a commitment under the 3...


Takata share price plunges on bankruptcy rumours

20 September 2016

Takata’s share price has plunged by almost 12% in trading on the Tokyo stock market today on speculation that potential bidders are now considering bankruptcy proceedings for the troubled supplier.


Paper details extraordinary Takata airbag timeline

30 August 2016

The extraordinary sequence of events leading up to Takata's choice of ammonium nitrate-based airbag inflator propellant and its cost-saving appeal to automakers such as Honda and GM - now tied up with recalls of millions of vehicles as a result - was detailed by a New York Times investigative article at the weekend.

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Automakers sue Takata in US court

16 March 2017

Global carmakers including Nissan Motor, BMW and Ford, this week launched a lawsuit in a US court...


"Diesel issue" and 'bag recalls cost Audi EUR1.8bn

15 March 2017

Audi Group booked a EUR1.8bn charge in 2016 to cover costs "for the resolution of the V6 3.0 TDI...


just-auto Plus only Ford North America recalls Edge/Lincoln vehicles

3 March 2017

Ford is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 32,000 2016-17 Ford Edge, 2016-17 Li...


Takata settlement deal approved by US court

28 February 2017

Troubled airbag supplier Takata has agreed a complex US federal court $1bn settlement with a judg...


Forex gain, recall pain, expected for Takata Q3

10 February 2017

Troubled airbag supplier Takata Corporation said it expects to book non-operating income (foreign...


Takata shares fall on KSS rumours

7 February 2017

Crisis-hit Takata's share price has come under renewed pressure following rumours that Key Sa...



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