Another Takata Airbag Tragedy

American Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirmed that a defective Takata airbag inflator ruptured in the crash of a 2002 Honda Accord on January 9th in Lancaster County, South Carolina. The ruptured inflator led to the driver’s death.

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Piston Slap: Takata's In-Fusion of Customer Involvement?
Mike writes:Hi Sajeev,I have a 2008 Ford Fusion V6 AWD with about 101,000 miles. Like many cars, it is one of the vehicles recalled under the massive Takata airbag recall/fiasco. The first recall letter I got from Ford said the car was subject to the recall and that they were still sourcing parts with no timetable for repair. The second letter advised that no one ride in the front passenger seat until repairs were made, but they still didn’t have a timetable for parts and/or repair.After a few months I got sick of waiting for Ford to contact me, so I contacted them – through chat – and asked what Ford was doing to help/compensate owners of recalled cars. Initially they had nothing to offer. After a few tries Ford agreed to give me a free loaner until my car was fixed. After about a month of back and forth with the dealer, they finally arranged a loaner. I dropped my car off and picked up the loaner – super easy.My concern is that now my car is just sitting at the dealership, they have no estimate when the airbag parts will come in. Should I be concerned that my car is just sitting there?
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Honda Will Recall Improperly Installed Replacement Airbag Inflators, Again

Honda Motor Co. is planning to install another round of replacement airbag inflators that have been improperly installed under an earlier recall. Unsurprisingly, these are Takata units and represent an expansion of an earlier recall from September that had also been incorrectly fixed. In both cases, the issue only affects passenger-side airbags.

The previous recall dealt with the 2008-2012 Accord, 2010-2012 Crosstour, 2006-2011 Civic, 2007-2011 CR-V, 2009-2012 Fit, 2010-2012 Insight, and 2009-2012 Pilot. The new fix will add another model to that list.

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  • FreedMike Cool. Keep 'em coming.
  • Jalop1991 Proof that people are stupid. "Hey, here's a $7500 point of sale discount! EVERYONE gets it! See? So the number we show you on the sale order is $7500 less than it would have been otherwise!" but we all know that $7500 was already added onto the price up front to start with.Because people are stupid.I hear plenty of people talk about "I wouldn't pay MSRP for a car under any circumstances. I have to have a discount." Ummmm....OK. Here's the new MSRP. Here's your discount. "That's better!" The same guy would turn down a brand new Corolla for $3000 if that were the MSRP.We all know these cars are overpriced at least $7500. This whole thing is a handout to the auto companies, using morons as the intermediaries.
  • Jkross22 Fugly. I don't care how good it drives or how fast it is.
  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X Making it even more unaffordable and less desired. See what happens.
  • MaintenanceCosts Has the EU indicated the basis for treating different OEMs differently?