Takata

Lawsuits Accuse Automakers of Faulty Air Bags, Recall Delays

Three class actions filed Wednesday allege that General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen and Mercedes knew of problems with exploding Takata air bag inflators yet waited years to issue recalls. The lawsuits cite company documents obtained through previous lawsuits. The plaintiffs allege that automakers were informed of inflator defects during tests but delayed taking action. Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate…

Toyota Adding 1.6 million Vehicles to Takata Air Bag Recall

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 1.6 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace potentially faulty front passenger air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan. The recall includes Toyota, Scion and Lexus models from the 2006-2011 model years. The air bags can deploy with too much force and spew shrapnel into the vehicle. They are responsible for at…