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Takata Recall Timeline

Over the last few weeks there has been an onslaught of media coverage and public attention to the Takata recall issue that we have discussed here several times. Senator Bill Nelson, who has been a vocal critic of the manner in which Takata and auto makers have handled the recall, will chair a Senate Commerce Committee hearing today in which he will question Takata and other industry executives about what and when they knew about the problem. He will also question NHTSA about the role they played in the recall and what appears to be a broken vehicle and tire recall system.

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Senator Nelson Blasts Defective Airbags

This week a sitting United States Senator picked a fight with several multi-national corporations because of the way they’ve handled a recent recall involving defective airbags. We were fortunate to have front row seats this week as we watched it unfold.

"You fix it and fix it right," said Nelson as he made a three city tour across Florida this week, including a press conference in Orlando on Tuesday at our law firm’s warehouse. "This is absolutely unacceptable and absolutely outrageous."

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Takata Launches Tenth Recall for Exploding Airbags

Japanese airbag supplier Takata has cut a deal with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to conduct “a regional field action” in Florida, Puerto Rico and other states to replace airbag inflators that may explode in hot, humid climates.

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BMW Vehicles Now Linked To Massive Airbag Recall

Last week, some of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers announced a collective recall of more than 3 million vehicles because of a problem that focuses on widely and commonly used airbags that have been linked to the Japan-based Takata Corporation. The problem is that these airbags may potentially deploy with too much pressure and fire shrapnel outward into the driver’s body.

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More Than 3 Million Automobiles Recalled Over Exploding Airbag Concerns

 It’s not uncommon for automobiles to be recalled because of a problem related to airbags. For instance, this week one of Chrysler’s six unrelated recalls involved vehicles that were manufactured with defective airbag warning lights that could possibly activate when there is no actual problem. Approximately 119,000 Chrysler vehicles were affected by that particular recall.  

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GM Expands Recall Of Popular Buick And Chevrolet Models With Dangerous Airbag Defects

 Last October, General Motors LLC announced the recall of approximately 2,949 vehicles because of a manufacturing defect with the shorting bar in the front driver’s side airbag. Basically, the recall report stated that the shorting bar could accidentally touch the airbag terminals, which would stop the airbag from deploying in the event of an accident.

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Toyota Recalling Another 1 Million Vehicles For Defective Airbags

 Yesterday’s recalled news showed that automobile defects can happen on a number of levels, and not just simply during the manufacturing process. In this case, 3,235 Toyota models were recalled by Southeast Toyota Distributors because employees failed to properly install and calibrate passenger side airbag sensors, which means that the safety devices could either deploy unexpectedly or not at all.

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