Minnesota motorists may want to check if the airbags in their cars have inflators manufactured by Takata. The inflators are defective, causing some of the airbags to violently explode. They have been responsible for causing several fatalities and serious injuries across the country.
On Feb. 4, Continental Automotive Services said it may have supplied faulty air bag control units that were placed in up to 5 million vehicles sold worldwide, and some of them could have been in cars owned by Minnesota residents. The units were used by Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Mercedes-Benz and three other automakers.
According to the NHTSA, a record of over 51 million vehicles were recalled in 2015. Stronger enforcement is believed to be behind the growing number of recalls, and a recall of air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. accounted for a large number of recalls that year. A total of 23 million of its inflators had been recalled, and eight people were killed because of issues with its product.
Mazda drivers in Minnesota may soon be receiving recall notices in the mail. The Japanese auto maker is one of 12 car manufacturers to recall vehicles equipped with airbags provided by the parts supplier Takata. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ordered the recall of all vehicles so equipped after a series of accidents claimed nine lives and left more than 100 people injured. The announcement marked the latest round in a series of recalls that has involved approximately 19 million vehicles.
There have been a number of fatal accidents caused by cars with keyless ignitions in the past several years. In 2012, an 84-year-old man in excellent health died due to carbon monoxide poisoning while sitting in his recliner and watching television. After returning from the store, he accidentally left his keyless ignition car running in the garage, and the poisonous gas filled his home. Minnesota motorists may want to know that there have been at least 18 such carbon monoxide poisoning deaths attributable to keyless vehicles since 2009.
Car owners in Minnesota may have heard about the massive recall of General Motors vehicles that took place in February 2014. Faulty ignition switches in the cars have been blamed for causing 169 deaths and hundreds of injuries. Now, a judge has ruled that victims may file claims damages from GM.
Minnesota readers may be interested to learn that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fined Takata Corporation $70 million on Nov. 3 for mishandling the recalls of millions of faulty automobile air bags. The air bags, which were prone to sudden explosions, killed eight people and injured more than 100 others worldwide.
As Minnesota drivers know, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration compiles statistics on the number of injuries and deaths in motor vehicles to try and reduce accident fatalities caused by safety defects. The number of death and injury claims reported by Volkswagen has led to questions concerning the accuracy of statistics reported by auto manufacturers.
Brake Safety Week for 2015 runs from Sept. 6 through Sept. 12 across the United States. The main goal is to raise awareness of the importance of properly installed and maintained braking systems on commercial vehicles. To do this, experienced inspectors will examine brake systems on vehicles across the country. They will be checking for any brake system violations or any out-of-alignment brakes, both of which can be extremely dangerous.
Many people in Minnesota may remember the massive recall that General Motors issued in early 2014 over faulty ignition switches. As of Aug. 3, the settlement fund has concluded its review of the related death claims, many of which were denied.