Airbag patent filings show researchers for airbag manufacturer Takata looked for ways to make the safety devices more durable and the explosive propellant inside them more stable for decades before the company’s products that were designed to save lives started to do the opposite – kill people. According to a Bloomberg report, the patents, some from as early as 1985, were intended to improve the ammonium nitrate propellants that help inflate the bags and strengthen their metal housing. The patent applications have added to a mountain of evidence showing that Takata could have acted sooner to prevent airbag deaths linked to at least five fatalities worldwide.
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Nissan Motor Company is issuing an auto defect recall for about 470,000 SUVs and cars worldwide for possible fuel leaks.
According to a Reuters news report, Nissan is recalling the vehicles from model years 2012 through 2015 because fuel pressure sensors may not have been properly tightened during production.
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General Motors is issuing an auto defect recall for more than 2,200 model year 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks. According to an Associated Press news report, GM had ordered dealers in October to stop selling the trucks because the driver’s side airbag could fail to deploy during a car accident. The automaker blames the problem on driver-side airbag connections that are incorrectly wired and cause a reversal of the airbag deployment sequence.
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Candice Anderson was cleared in the death of her boyfriend, Gene Mikale Erickson, which occurred nearly a decade ago, which has now been tied to a General Motors defective ignition switch.
According to a news report in The New York Times, a judge in Texas cleared Anderson in the death of her boyfriend even though she had pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the case years ago.
Anderson was only 21 at the time of the crash. She was driving her Saturn Ion when she inexplicably lost control and crashed into a tree. Erickson, her passenger, died at the scene.
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Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires.
According to an Associated Press news report, the recalls involve the 2006-11 GS, 2007-10 LS and the 2006-11 IS models.
The Japanese automaker says that the cars’ fuel lines have nickel phosphate plating to protect against corrosion.
Some lines could have been built with particles coming in contact with a gasket.
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Ford Motor Company has announced an auto defect recall for about 65,000 Fusion sedans in North America for ignition problems.
According to a Reuters news report, the key can be removed from the ignition even if the car is not in the “park” position 30 minutes after the ignition is off.
Ford has said it is not aware of any injuries or crashes as a result of this issue.
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