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Jun 27, 2014
Jun 27, 2014

Exclusive: Air bag accident, lawsuit led to GM Cruze recall

DETROIT/NEW YORK (Reuters) – An accident that left a Georgia woman blind in one eye and a subsequent lawsuit led to General Motors Co’s (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) recall of about 33,000 Chevrolet Cruze sedans in North America for potentially defective air bags made by Takata Corp(7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

The lawsuit by Brandi Owens, filed in late April in federal court in Atlanta against GM and Takata, claims her car and driver-side air bag were “defective and unreasonably dangerous,” citing a problem that has dogged Takata for several years – air bag inflators that explode with too much force. More than 10.5 million vehicles with Takata air bags have been recalled globally.

Jun 26, 2014

GM lawyer to give details Monday on fund for victims of faulty switch

June 26 (Reuters) – A lawyer for General Motors Co
will announce on Monday the eligibility criteria for a program
to compensate victims of a faulty ignition switch that prompted
the recall of 2.6 million vehicles.

Among the details will be the scope and rules of the program
and the timeline for submitting claims, according to a statement
on Thursday by a spokeswoman for the lawyer, Kenneth Feinberg.

Jun 24, 2014
Jun 23, 2014
Jun 23, 2014

Honda and others recall nearly 3 million vehicles over air bag flaw

TOKYO/DETROIT (Reuters) – Honda Motor Co and other Japanese automakers on Monday recalled almost 3 million cars with potentially explosive air bags supplied by Takata Corp, bringing the total recall so far to about 10.5 million vehicles over the past five years.

The series of recalls cover both passenger-side and driver-side air bags, which the world’s second-biggest automotive safety parts maker manufactured in 2000-02. The total ranks it among the five biggest recalls in the industry’s history.

Jun 23, 2014

Honda, others recall another 2.9 mln vehicles over air bag flaw

TOKYO/DETROIT (Reuters) – Honda Motor Co and other Japanese automakers on Monday recalled more cars with potentially explosive air bags supplied by Takata Corp, bringing the total recall so far to around 10.5 million vehicles over the past five years.

The series of recalls cover both passenger-side and driver-side air bags, which the world’s second-biggest automotive safety parts maker manufactured in 2000-02. The total ranks it among the five biggest recalls in the industry’s history.

Jun 23, 2014
Jun 22, 2014

Insight – Car industry struggles to solve air bag explosions despite mass recalls

TOKYO/DETROIT (Reuters) – A year ago, Japan’s Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research), the world’s second-largest maker of auto safety parts, believed it had finally contained a crisis more than a decade in the making.

It was wrong.

More than a million Honda Motor Co Ltd (7267.T: Quote, Profile, Research) vehicles could be subject to an upcoming recall for Takata air bags that are at risk of exploding and shooting shrapnel at passengers and drivers, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

Jun 22, 2014

Car industry struggles to solve air bag explosions despite mass recalls

TOKYO/DETROIT (Reuters) – A year ago, Japan’s Takata Corp, the world’s second-largest maker of auto safety parts, believed it had finally contained a crisis more than a decade in the making.

It was wrong.

More than a million Honda Motor Co Ltd vehicles could be subject to an upcoming recall for Takata air bags that are at risk of exploding and shooting shrapnel at passengers and drivers, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

    • About Ben

      "Ben Klayman is based in Detroit and in April was named leader of the global automotive team for Reuters. Previously, Ben covered the business of sports as well as consumer and retail for three years and led the manufacturing/housing team for four years. He also covered the telecommunications sector for three years. He joined Reuters in Detroit in 1998 to cover autos. Prior to joining Reuters, he worked at a series of daily newspapers in Ohio and Maryland. Ben graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English literature."
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