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Dec 11, 2014

Japan automakers add 550,000 cars to Takata air bag recalls

TOKYO (Reuters) – Three Japanese automakers will recall more than half a million cars globally to replace air bag inflators made by Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), bringing the total tally of Takata-related recalls across all brands to around 20 million since 2008.

The recalls announced on Thursday by Honda Motor (7267.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Nissan Motor (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Mitsubishi Motors (7211.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) correspond with a similar, precautionary recall by Toyota Motor (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) last week after a recent “unusual deployment” of a passenger-side air bag at a scrap yard in Japan.

Dec 9, 2014

Honda to expand investigative air bag recall globally

TOKYO, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Honda Motor said it will
expand an ‘investigative’ recall to replace potentially lethal
Takata Corp air bag inflators across the globe, taking
the total Takata-related recall tally of all brands to more than
19 million since 2008.

Honda earlier added about 2.6 million cars in the United
States when it expanded nationwide a recall of driver-side air
bag inflators that was previously limited to 11 states and
territories with hot and humid climates.

Dec 4, 2014

Toyota lessons lost on Takata as it resists U.S. recall order

TOKYO (Reuters) – Takata Corp’s (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) resistance to a U.S. order to expand a recall of its air bag inflators is likely driven by a need to protect itself from legal liability, but risks longer-term business damage by alienating the public, experts say.

Takata this week rejected a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) demand to declare its inflators defective and call in vehicles U.S.-wide for replacement. An existing recall is limited to a few hot and humid states. In a letter, Takata queried NHTSA’s justification for the order while a cause for why its inflators can erupt with excessive force is still unclear. The Japanese firm left it up to automakers to decide whether to expand the recall.

Dec 4, 2014

Toyota expands Takata air bag recall in Japan, China; cause unknown

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Thursday it would call back 190,000 more vehicles, mostly in Japan, to replace potentially defective air bags made by Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the latest in a long line of recalls for the embattled auto parts supplier.

The move follows an unusual deployment of a Takata-made air bag inflator in a 2003-model Toyota Will Cypha subcompact at a scrapyard in Japan last month, and the cause of the potential problem is still unknown, Japan’s transport ministry said.

Dec 3, 2014

U.S. says Takata response to nationwide air bag recall order ‘disappointing’

DETROIT/TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. auto safety regulators said Takata Corp’s response to an order to expand a recall nationwide was “disappointing”, criticizing the Japanese auto parts supplier for shirking responsibility over its potentially deadly air bags.

Takata, at the center of a global recall of more than 16 million cars in the past six years, had until Tuesday to respond to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) order to expand a regional recall and replace driver-side air bags from across the United States.

Nov 27, 2014

Toyota recalls more cars for dangerous Takata air bags

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp said on Thursday it would recall 57,000 vehicles globally to replace potentially deadly air bags made by Takata Corp, in a sign that a safety crisis around the Japanese auto parts maker is far from contained.

Toyota’s action follows a recall by rival Honda Motor Co for the same problem two weeks ago after revelations of a fifth death, in Malaysia, linked to Takata’s air bag inflator.

Nov 20, 2014

As U.S. hearings loom, Takata faces long slog in air bag crisis

WASHINGTON/TOKYO, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Takata Corp
faces a long battle to gauge the fallout from a fast-moving air
bag crisis as recalls mount up, adding to the costs for the
loss-making Japanese auto parts maker.

Two U.S. Senators have called a news conference on Thursday
with the sister of someone who died in an Arizona accident in
2003 – potentially a sixth fatality linked to Takata air bags.
Arizona, which has a dry climate, has not been
covered by a regional recall focusing on hot and humid areas.

Nov 18, 2014

Toyota aims to replicate Prius success with fuel cell Mirai

NEWPORT BEACH California/TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will introduce its first mass-market fuel cell car next month, hoping to replicate the success of its Prius hybrid with a vehicle that runs on hydrogen instead of gasoline.

The four-seater sedan, named Mirai, the Japanese word for “future”, will first go on sale in four cities in Japan on Dec. 15. Sales in the United States and Europe will follow in the fourth quarter of 2015, the world’s biggest automaker said, unveiling the car simultaneously in California and Tokyo.

Nov 13, 2014

Honda discloses 5th Takata air bag-linked fatality, widens recall

TOKYO, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Honda Motor Co said on
Thursday that a driver in Malaysia had died after a July
accident involving an air bag supplied by Takata Corp,
and widened its recall for the defective air bags by another
170,000 vehicles.

In the fatal accident, involving a 2003 Honda City model,
the air bag inflator ruptured and sent shrapnel into the
vehicle, some of which struck the driver, Honda said, adding it
was not clear whether the woman driver was killed by the air bag
explosion or another cause, citing a local police report.

Nov 6, 2014

Japan’s Ezaki Glico aims to conquer world with Pocky stick snacks

OSAKA, Nov 7 (Reuters) – For the first time in its 92-year
history, Japanese snacks maker Ezaki Glico is getting
serious about growing overseas, aiming to fatten its Pocky
biscuit into a $1 billion brand to rival global giants such as
Hershey’s and Oreo.

The company’s Glico brand and its 48-year-old stick-shaped,
chocolate-coated Pocky pretzels are household names in Japan but
elsewhere the marque has stalled, capping the firm’s overseas
business at just a tenth of its $3 billion revenue.

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