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December 3, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Honda Motor Co. plans to recall 273,000 Honda and Acura vehicles because of an air bag problem that can kill drivers. It also will inspect an additional 603,000 vehicles to see whether the same defective parts were used in repairing autos that have been in accidents. Honda said it doesn't know how many of those vehicles might have been repaired with the defective parts. In the recalled vehicles, from the 2001 through 2003 model years, the driver's side air bag can deploy with too much force in an accident, causing a metal inflator casing — the part that holds and channels explosive propellant — to rupture.
November 23, 2002 | From Bloomberg News
General Motors Corp.'s Saab Automobile unit said Friday that it's recalling 55,000 Saab 900 cars worldwide to fix an electronic air bag control that could malfunction and deploy the air bag. The cars are 1995 model year 900s, including 20,500 sold in the U.S. Saab, based in Trollhattan, Sweden, is notifying owners to bring the cars to dealers, who will replace the control unit without charge, the company said. The malfunction is most common in humid climates, spokesman Kevin Smith said.
April 8, 1997 | TRACY WILSON
Automotive giant General Motors Corp. should pay a 78-year-old Ventura woman at least $500,000 because of a defective air bag in her car, an attorney argued in Ventura County Superior Court on Monday. Los Angeles attorney John H. Wolf told a jury in his closing arguments that the nation's largest car maker knew the risks of the air bag in Norma Pruitt's vehicle but failed to warn her and other consumers.
October 31, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Government officials concluded that an air bag killed an 8-month-old fetus in which the mother was only bruised, the first such confirmed death of its kind, USA Today reported. The 35-week-old fetus was killed in Georgia in 1994 when a pregnant woman was involved in a slow-speed crash, the newspaper reported. The woman told National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigators she was wearing her seat belt, the paper said.
August 20, 2002 | Associated Press
General Motors Corp. recalled nearly 720,000 cars and trucks that have potential air bag problems. The first recall includes 570,000 model year 2000 pickups and sport utility vehicles with a problem that could prevent air bags from working in certain frontal collisions. The affected models include Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups and Tahoe/Suburban and Yukon/Yukon XL SUVs.
August 3, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Honda Motor Co. faces a U.S. safety investigation and potential recall of 240,193 of its 2004 Accord sedans after the driver-side air bag failed during two crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began the inquiry last week after air-bag failures during tests of damage when higher-riding light trucks crash into cars from the side, an agency spokesman said. The bag fabric had a large tear and didn't fully inflate, the Washington-based agency said. Honda, whose U.S.
June 22, 1995
Safety Components International Inc., a Costa Mesa manufacturer of automotive products, said that it raised $25.5 million through the sale of 1.5 million shares of common stock at $17 a share. The net proceeds from the public offering will be used primarily to construct a plant in the Czech Republic and to expand existing facilities in Ensenada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.
May 12, 1998 | Associated Press
Toyota Motor Sales USA said it will legally protect dealers who install air bag on-off switches for qualified customers. The Torrance-based unit of Japan's No. 1 auto maker, Toyota Motor Corp., said its parts policy covers lawsuits over alleged defects in installing Toyota switches. In addition, Toyota said it will provide coverage in excess of dealers' insurance levels for installing air bag switches.
Nissan Motor America has launched a "safety improvement campaign" to improve air bag performance for its popular new 2002 Altima sedan, and General Motors Corp. has begun a recall of an estimated 60,000 of its new mid-size sport utility vehicles to fix a fuel filter.
November 22, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
New federal car air bag regulations to be issued today will acknowledge that air bags are not the magic safety device once thought and in fact the fast-inflating bags can be fatal to children and small adults. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is weighing rules that include reducing the high speed of bag inflation, mandating bags with dual speeds for slow and high-speed crashes and letting owners deactivate bags.
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