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Congressman to Takata: “How many more people need to die?”

Are self driving cars safe?

Airbag manufacturer Takata is under pressure from U.S. lawmakers and safety regulators to expand its recall of driver side airbags, but the company is digging in its heels, saying the data don’t justify a nationwide recall. Takata officials told a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Wednesday that it still does not understand what is causing airbag explosions that have shot metal shards ... Read More »

How will Honda handle the Takata airbag recall?

Honda is offering to repair potentially defective airbags for concerned drivers of affected vehicles who even live outside of the high humidity regions.

Of the 11 automakers affected by the Takata airbag recalls, Honda is facing particular scrutiny; at least five deaths and thousands of injuries have been linked to exploding airbag inflators in Hondas, and the company’s cars comprise about 63% of the recalled vehicles listed on the government’s most recent tally.  Gold Shield News contacted Honda dealerships around the country to learn what is being done to address the problem. Read More »

Confusion surrounds airbag recall

Safety advocates and lawmakers said the NHTSA and carmakers were too slow and inconsistent regarding the defective Takata airbags.

Amid the noise of the Takata airbag recall is a lot of confusion—much of it caused by automakers.  Many owners of vehicles installed with potentially deadly airbags have been promised immediate repairs; some are told they will have to wait; still others have not been contacted at all. Some of the confusion is driven by the auto industry’s reluctance to commit to costly repairs while they ... Read More »

Airbag deaths take center stage in Senate hearing

US Capitol: Airbag deaths take center stage in Senate hearing

Representatives of Takata Corp., Honda and Chrysler were grilled by the Senate Commerce Committee yesterday over faulty airbags installed in millions of American cars and trucks.    Senators also heard testimony from an Air Force lieutenant who lost sight in one eye when the Takata inflator in her Honda’s airbag exploded in an accident, sending shrapnel-like debris into her face and neck. Exploding airbag inflators ... Read More »

U.S. calls for nationwide airbag recall [VIDEO]

U.S. calls for nationwide airbag recall [VIDEO]

U.S. officials have called for a nationwide airbag recall, covering potentially tens of millions of vehicles, saying faulty Takata airbags can shoot deadly metal debris into the faces and chests of passengers in an accident. Read More »

NHTSA demands nationwide Takata recall

On Tuesday government regulators demanded the auto industry expand their defective airbag recall to cover vehicles in all 50 states, potentially adding tens of millions of cars and trucks to a recall effort that until now has been limited to a few states in the South. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) call for expansion dramatically increases the number of drivers who are likely to receive ... Read More »

Talcum powder linked to ovarian cancer

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer

Talcum powder used on the genital area has been identified as a potential risk factor for ovarian cancer. A study conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School finds that women who use talcum powder regularly are more likely to develop ovarian cancer. Researchers suggest that talcum particles can make their way inside the body, inflaming the ovaries and creating conditions conducive to cancerous cell growth. Read More »

As lawsuits mount, whistleblowers say Takata tried to cover tracks

Crowded car in the night

In a statement last week, airbag manufacturer Takata responded to allegations that the company tried to cover up safety risks it discovered in 2004. Takata is accused of hiding evidence that, under certain conditions, their airbags may rupture, spraying shrapnel into the vehicle. That risk first became apparent in the aftermath of a 2004 crash involving a Honda Accord. Takata says they became aware of the problem after ... Read More »

Takata hid risks in airbags

Former workers at airbag manufacturer Takata say the company identified safety risks in its airbags in 2004, and then tried to hide their evidence. According to new reports, two former employees say the Japanese company secretly conducted tests on 50 airbags it retrieved from scrapyards. The steel inflators in two of the airbags cracked during the tests. The results led Takata’s engineers to begin designing possible ... Read More »

Baby wipes recalled after tests show bacterial contamination

Anti-nausea drug, Zofran has been linked to birth defects if used by pregnant women.

Baby wipes maker Nutek Disposables has issued a voluntary recall because of bacterial contamination. After receiving a number of complaints from customers who noticed discoloration and unusual odor, the company found that some of the wipes tested positive for the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia). Read More »