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Nov 19, 2014
Nov 19, 2014

BMW says its Takata inflator work moving from Mexico to Germany

DETROIT (Reuters) – Takata plans to shift production of BMW air bag inflators from Mexico to Germany, the automaker said on Wednesday in a filing with U.S. safety regulators who have been probing questions about the quality of manufacturing at the plant.

Automakers that use the Takata inflators, including Toyota Motor Corp, warned that it was not feasible to switch to other suppliers to meet demand for replacement parts. The Takata inflators are at risk of blowing up with too much force and spraying occupants with metal shrapnel.

Nov 19, 2014

Autopsy says air bag in Honda to blame for Florida woman’s death

DETROIT (Reuters) – Shards from a ruptured Takata-made air bag killed the driver of a Honda Accord after a traffic accident in Florida, according to the final autopsy report, the first official confirmation of shrapnel as a cause of death in the crash.

Blunt force injuries to the head and neck also contributed to the death of Hien Tran, 51, whose 2001 Honda was involved in an accident on Sept. 29 in Orlando, according to the report, which was released by the Orange-Osceola Medical Examiner’s office late on Tuesday. She died on Oct. 2.

Nov 19, 2014

U.S. Senators raise possibility of 6th death linked to Takata air bags

DETROIT (Reuters) – Two U.S. senators on Wednesday raised the possibility of a sixth fatality linked to potentially lethal Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) air bags, as they announced a news conference to introduce the sister of someone who died in an Arizona accident in 2003.

So far, five fatalities in Virginia, Oklahoma, Florida, California and Malaysia have been linked to faulty Takata air bag inflators.

Nov 19, 2014

Autopsy says air bag in Honda responsible for Florida woman’s death

DETROIT, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Shards from a ruptured
Takata-made air bag killed the driver of a Honda Accord after a
traffic accident in Florida, according to the final autopsy
report, the first official confirmation of shrapnel as a cause
of death in the crash.

Blunt force injuries to the head and neck also contributed
to the death of Hien Tran, 51, whose 2001 Honda was involved in
an accident on Sept. 29 in Orlando, according to the report,
which was released by the Orange-Osceola Medical Examiner’s
office late on Tuesday. She died on Oct. 2.

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As gas prices slide, U.S. car buyers go for size, shun hybrids

DETROIT Nov 12 (Reuters) – It is the automotive equivalent
of Pavlov’s bell: when gasoline is expensive, U.S. car owners
try to downsize, but once pump prices ring down, they salivate
over big pickup trucks and SUVs.

With gas prices dipping below $3 a gallon last month for the
first time since December 2010, size is back in vogue.

Nov 11, 2014
    • 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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