NHTSA Concerned Over Potentially Dangerous Takata Airbags

Illustrating what could happen to consumers who do not bring their cars in for repairs, NHTSA’s testing have revealed the failure of hundreds of Takata airbag inflators.

According to the feds, cited by Bloomberg, out of the 245,000 airbag inflators pulled from cars and tested, 660 ruptured. That’s nearly 1 in 371 and it’s showing the potential risk posing for drivers and occupants, as these parts tend to degrade over time and explode with excessive force in the event of a crash, spreading shrapnel throughout the cabin.

Takata Motor Corp. have shown their concern for the public’s safety, in an e-mailed statement: “We extend our sincerest apologies to those who have been affected by the inflator failures. As outlined in the report delivered to NHTSA, Takata has focused extensive resources on researching and testing of airbag inflators, including working with independent, world-class technical experts to identify the causes of the inflator failures as they arose and taking action based on the best available understanding.

The automakers whose cars have been equipped with the defective Takata airbags are now recalling the vehicles in waves, starting with the oldest first, but it’s already too late for 15 people who lost their lives globally, including 10 in the United States, and more than 100 who have been injured by the plastic and metal shrapnel.

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  • Ken Lyns

    Ferrari’s front passenger gets his/her own gauges?

  • The worry about airbags would increase greatly if more was uncovered about ELECTRONIC sudden unintended acceleration. Why does NHTSA refuse to acknowledge that this is a serious, potentially deadly phenomenon? NHTSA keeps putting out studies to show “driver error” when it doesn’t have proper electronic forensics on these vehicles. NHTSA doesn’t have an embedded software expert on its staff. It does, however, provide Toyota employees with former NHTSA investigators. Chris Santucci, former NHTSA Toyota sudden unintended acceleration lead investigator now works for Toyota. Consider the following:

    There is a BIG hidden secret in the auto industry…it’s called ELECTRONIC sudden unintended acceleration! I know…you thought that was just about FLOOR MATS and sticky pedals, or “driver error,” right? That’s certainly what TOYOTA would like you to continue to believe, BUT DON’T!

    These ultra-complex new engines are completely computer driven. Software is needed to control the throttle system. You THINK you are giving gas when you press the accelerator, but you are only SUGGESTING this to the computer. In electronic SUA cases, the throttle software may be glitch-prone and NOT do as you wish.

    What happens then? Well, the glitch may (and has for countless SUA victims) result in an OPEN THROTTLE situation. The brakes become INEFFECTIVE in these situations and crashes into storefronts, buildings, and homes have resulted.

    What does the automaker say? They hook the vehicles up to the computer and declare NOTHING WRONG! They cite the EDR which has erroneous data and say YOU were NOT braking. They point the finger at you based on AGE, GENDER, MEDICAL history, prescription meds, etc. YOU name it, they’ve TRIED it!

    Get the picture? And you THOUGHT the GM issue was big? Think again! This cover-up of ELECTRONIC SUA is scandalous and very well-orchestrated.

    Why even a WHISTLEBLOWER has been legally harassed by Toyota as it does NOT want her Toyota internal docs posted online anymore. The automaker wants to intimidate and SILENCE her. It doesn’t want the PUBLIC involved, for goodness sake!

    Charlene McCarthy Blake

    • Rick Chase

      If that’s true, why has there never been a police/forensic lab report to verify that? Even the studies by Michael Barr and Prof. Phil Koopman only show that there is the possibility of that happening. Those studies concluded that while the possibility exists, it would be a rare occurrence under certain circumstances. Most accidents have been proven (from police/forensic lab reports) to have been caused by impairment, distraction, medical emergency, fleeing from crimes, pedal misapplication or simply bad driving habits. If you have reports to the contrary, please post them.

    • Bob Smith

      That is why the auto companies resisted using “fly by wire” for years. Then the new generation of “experts” came along and as soon as they discovered how difficult it was to package a mechanical linkage, they took the easy way out. That’s why there are no more ashtrays also. Too difficult for the idiots to figure out. The real discussion should revolve around why takatas chief engineer was a loser from gm who was an engineering hack but with political connections to purchasing. Also, someone should bring up takatas practice of buying business with $50,000 ATM cards.

    • Rick Chase

      Excuse me, but contrary to your tweet, the Jeep/car wash problem HAS been resolved. It was traced to an improperly waterproofed connector from the steering column after repair/testing/replacement causing water to get in and short two connectors making the computer think it was put in drive. Try keeping up with the latest developments.

    • Rick Chase

      I haven’t seen you around much. Posting under another name?

    • Rick Chase

      Hey, what happened to Azar’s civil suit against Toyota? I thought it was this month. Did she win? I guess not or she’d be bragging about it.

    • Azar Hadi

      Very well said Charlene.. Crooks leave their job with NHTSA and end up working for Toyota. Check out Betsy Benjamison Toyota’s whistleblower blogs. She has posted Toyota internal email with damning evidence of Unintended Acceleration which Toyota knew as far as going back to 2002.

      • Rick Chase

        Oh, give it up. Everybody knows you are Charlene are a team. What’s with your civil suit? I thought it was this month. What happened? Did you lose?

      • Rick Chase

        So, what names are you and Charlene posting under these days?

      • Interesting that some auto-protecting troll reported Toyota WHISTLEBLOWER Betsy Benjaminson’s blogspot blog as containing “harmful” material for Twitter! Since when did Toyota SUDDEN UNINTENDED ACCELERATION become “harmful” content for the public?!? In fact, it’s “harmful” only to an automaker that would be forced to resolve the defect!

        The same thing happened to The LEMON LADY’s “Route 44 Toyota Sold Me a Lemon” blogspot blog on Twitter! Apparently, 24/7 automaker-protecting trolls are out in full force on comment sections like this and on social media in an effort to CENSOR all discussion of SUA, especially Toyota’s on-going problem!

        Charlene McCarthy Blake

        • Azar Hadi

          I guess exposing Toyota’s internal emails will be harmful to Akio Toyoda pocket book..

          • I’m betting you are right on the $$ there! Doesn’t seem to matter that untold numbers of Toyota & Lexus victims (both in the vehicles & pedestrians or store patrons) are dying and being blamed for a potential ELECTRONIC DEFECT!

            What the public doesn’t know can’t hurt it, right?

  • jcwconsult

    But NHTSA is NOT concerned enough to permit owners of recalled Takata airbags who are on a waiting list for parts availability to have them disconnected until replacement parts are available. NHTSA prohibits owners from disconnecting the bombs in front of their face until parts become available.

    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

    • Azar Hadi

      NHTSA seem to be confused that the agency is here to protect the public not automakers. NHTSA fines automakers and let them all get away with murder.

      • jcwconsult

        With first generation airbags in the late 1990s, NHTSA executed several hundred short stature people and there were at least three known decapitations of children with those air bombs. The USA would be well served if we abolished NHTSA and the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and instead adopted the entire European systems of safety control. We would have more safety and better cars.

        Daytime Running Lights were a similar safety disaster. NHTSA did research showing that more than 2,700 candela was too bright for DRLs. Then they caved in to General Motors to allow series connected high beams at 7,000 candela in the laboratory at 12 volts and over 8,000 candela with 13.2 volts in the real world. NHTSA is run by political bureaucrats that are not qualified to do their jobs. The European system is better.

        James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

        • Azar Hadi

          I agree with you, NHTSA does not have the qualification to protect the public. With Toyota/Lexus Sudden Unintended Acceleration where many were killed, injured and some ended up in prison NHTSA blamed drivers for it. SUA is still ongoing despite what Toyota said about brake override. Brake override will not work with defective system in the cars. Google Michael Barr expert in Bookout vs Toyota where Toyota lost and went on to settle over 500 cases of SUA through mediation. Many have petition NHTSA regarding SUA and NHTSA always blames drivers. The agency is here to protect the automakers not the public. They do not even have the expertise to investigate there runaway cars. Another interesting thing is revolving door from NHTSA to Toyota.

        • Azar Hadi

          Azar Hadi jcwconsult • 8 minutes ago

          I agree with you, NHTSA does not have the qualification to protect the public. With Toyota/Lexus Sudden Unintended Acceleration where many were killed, injured and some ended up in prison NHTSA blamed drivers for it. SUA is still ongoing despite what Toyota said about brake override. Brake override will not work with defective system in the cars. Google Michael Barr expert in Bookout vs Toyota where Toyota lost and went on to settle over 500 cases of SUA through mediation. Many have petitioned NHTSA regarding SUA and NHTSA always blames drivers. The agency is here to protect the automakers not the public. They do not even have the expertise to investigate these runaway cars. Another interesting thing is revolving door from NHTSA to Toyota.

          Why was my comment removed??

        • Azar Hadi

          My comments regarding Toyota sudden unintended acceleration has been removed.

          • Rick Chase

            Looks to me like they’re all there. Are you getting delusional?

          • EVERY TIME anyone discusses Toyota sudden unintended acceleration in the comments, the auto-protecting trolls down-vote & report so that the comments are CENSORED! The pattern has been well-established with trolls bragging that they’ve down-voted to see that outcome!

            Does anyone wonder why the issue of Toyota SUA is always REMOVED? It’s one can of worms that the automaker is TERRIFIED to open! BUT…the automaker’s terror pales in comparison to the TERROR experienced by the drivers who are faced with open throttle…oftentimes airborne results…vehicles!

          • Rick Chase

            Please notice the DRIVER’S statement:

            STAFFORD, Va. — The driver of a 2004 Jeep Cherokee slammed into the front of a CVS Pharmacy.
            The crash occurred at 12:32 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 26 when the driver
            entered the parking lot of the store at the intersection of Route 610
            and Shelton Shop Road in Stafford.
            The driver told a sheriff’s deputy that he tried to stop vehicle and
            park in in parking space in front of the CVS. But his foot slipped off
            the gas pedal, and the Jeep collided with the front of the store.
            No serious injuries were reported. The driver had been drinking and
            was not distracted at the time of the crash, according to the police
            report obtained from the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.
            The crash caused an estimated $5,000 in damage.
            The driver, identified in the report as Peter Zaremba, failed to maintain control of his vehicle.
            Any comments?

          • Rick Chase

            I simply don’t understand you. You tweet stuff that nobody except your
            “followers” will see and most of them are only spam ads. What a waste of
            time and effort.

          • Azar Hadi

            Since this moron Rick Chase believes everything is fine with automakers why is he following you everywhere you go? It is very obvious someone does not want your comments posted regarding Toyota/Lexus SUDDEN UNINTENDED ACCELERATION.

          • Rick Chase

            Sorry, I don’t believe everything is fine. I think the auto braking feature can be dangerous and the total auto-pilot isn’t ready for the average driver. Now, I posted a couple of drivers statements where THEY took responsibility for their accident. One even said “I hit the gas instead of the brake”. Why didn’t you acknowledge those?

          • Rick Chase

            Why don’t you get ANY feedback to your tweets? Please answer that if you dare.

          • Rick Chase

            BTW, what happened with your civil suit? I thought you said it was going to be heard last month. Did it get thrown out?

          • Rick Chase

            You can’t rebut ANY of my comments, so I guess that proves I’m right and you’re WRONG.

        • Azar Hadi

          I agree with you, NHTSA does not have the qualification to protect the public. With Toyota/Lexus Sudden Unintended Acceleration where many were killed, injured and some ended up in prison NHTSA blamed drivers for it. SUA is still ongoing despite what Toyota said about brake override. Brake override will not work with defective system in the cars. Google Michael Barr expert in Bookout vs Toyota where Toyota lost and went on to settle over 500 cases of SUA through mediation. Many have petitioned NHTSA regarding SUA and NHTSA always blames drivers. The agency is here to protect the automakers not the public. They do not even have the expertise to investigate these runaway cars. Another interesting thing is revolving door from NHTSA to Toyota.

          Why was my comment removed??

        • Azar Hadi

          My comment to you was removed and now is placed back on by troll who has control over this site..

      • Rick Chase

        From this mornings headlines:
        “Car crashes into back of Orange County school bus” – WKMG
        “SUV hits day care; narrowly misses 2 children” – Daytona Beach News Journal
        Any comment?

    • Azar Hadi

      Censorship goes on here… my comments is being removed.

      Azar Hadi jcwconsult • 8 minutes ago
      Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by Carscoops.
      I agree with you, NHTSA does not have the qualification to protect the public. With Toyota/Lexus Sudden Unintended Acceleration where many were killed, injured and some ended up in prison NHTSA blamed drivers for it. SUA is still ongoing despite what Toyota said about brake override. Brake override will not work with defective system in the cars. Google Michael Barr expert in Bookout vs Toyota where Toyota lost and went on to settle over 500 cases of SUA through mediation. Many have petition NHTSA regarding SUA and NHTSA always blames drivers. The agency is here to protect the automakers not the public. They do not even have the expertise to investigate there runaway cars. Another interesting thing is revolving door from NHTSA to Toyota.

      • Rick Chase

        Notice the DRIVER’S statement:

        STAFFORD, Va. — The driver of a 2004 Jeep Cherokee slammed into the front of a CVS Pharmacy.
        The crash occurred at 12:32 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 26 when the driver
        entered the parking lot of the store at the intersection of Route 610 and Shelton Shop Road in Stafford.
        The driver told a sheriff’s deputy that he tried to stop vehicle and park in in parking space in front of the CVS. But his foot slipped off the gas pedal, and the Jeep collided with the front of the store.
        No serious injuries were reported. The driver had been drinking and was not distracted at the time of the crash, according to the police report obtained from the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office. The crash caused an estimated $5,000 in damage.
        The driver, identified in the report as Peter Zaremba, failed to maintain control of his vehicle.
        Any comments?

      • Rick Chase

        I just don’t understand you. You tweet stuff that nobody except your “followers” will see and most of them are only spam ads. What a waste of time and effort.

      • Rick Chase

        Those comments you made on the Manchester Patch story about an hour ago didn’t last long. I didn’t even have a chance to comment on them. Did you change your mind and delete them?

      • Rick Chase

        I wonder what it will finally take for you to understand that nobody sees 80% or your tweets.

      • Rick Chase

        I see Manchester Patch dumped your last two comments also. You just can’t win.

      • Rick Chase

        Three blind mice wasting Twitter bandwidth…

      • Rick Chase

        You need to talk to someone you know that uses twitter and have THEM tell you whether or not your tweets are being seen by other than your “followers”.
        Oh wait, you HAVE no friends, relatives or ANYBODY you can talk to.

      • Rick Chase

        What’s with Francine? Why the frenzied posting? All that babbling for no one to see. She’s beginning to sound like she’s going ’round the bend.

      • Rick Chase

        Thanks. Now I know you’re reading my posts. You all are in for a big let down when you finally realize your tweets are only seen by your “followers” and they are almost all spam ads. Hope you won’t need a shrink.

      • Rick Chase

        from Rob Reiter:
        “NORWALK – State Police said a man accidentally drove his car through
        the handicapped entrance into the east campus building of Norwalk
        Community College Tuesday night.
        Troopers at the scene said the accident occurred because the driver mistook the accelerator for the brake pedal. They said it was unclear if he was experiencing a medical condition at the time.
        Firefighters were called to the building at around 9:15 p.m.
        The car, a Subaru Outback, drove the length of a sidewalk that runs across the front of the building before plowing through two sets of double doors and into a lobby area outside the library.
        A security guard said the area would have been filled with students had the library been open at the time. It closed at 8 p.m.
        The troopers said the driver had no apparent injuries, but he was transported by ambulance to Norwalk Hospital for evaluation.
        They said it was unknown if he would face charges.
        The car’s engine continued running after the accident, and a firefighter drove it out of the building.”

      • Rick Chase

        “@04Francene @charleneblake What’s going on with #RickChase? All that babbling for no 1 to see. He’s beginning 2 sound like he’s going nuts.”
        It wasn’t meant for all to see. It was meant for YOU to see.

      • Rick Chase

        Hey, Rob Reiter has had a few stories about vehicles crashing into buildings. I even commented on a few. Are you going to comment or are you afraid of being flagged?

      • Rick Chase

        I see California is thinking of seceding from the union. All I can say is bye, bye.

      • Rick Chase

        It’s funny. I’m probably the only one outside of your little circle of friends that sees your tweets. You know, tweeting the same things over and over is cheating. Talk about padding your tweet count. It aso doesn’t make them true.

      • Rick Chase

        Love your tweets. Why aren’t you getting any feedback from anyone else?

      • Rick Chase

        Must be nice to live in a fantasy world were you can babble on and on and nobody replies to you. Francine is even worse than you are.
        BTW, ALL software code is “spaghetti code”. It’s only the extent. When many sensors are controlling only a couple of functions, it HAS to be. Look up “If-Then-Else” statements and “go-sub/return” functions. I doubt you can understand them, but try.
        It’s really sad that the internet id filled with people like you that are under educated and gullible enough to believe all you read there. It takes a smart person to separate fact from fiction. It’s something you need to learn to do.

      • Rick Chase

        From an article on computer programming: “this led to a hard-to-read style of programming known as spaghetti programming, with programs in this style called spaghetti code.”

      • Rick Chase

        Why do you tweet the same thing several times? That’s childish.

      • Rick Chase

        “Your incessant misunderstanding of logic makes my brain hurt”. Spock

      • Rick Chase

        Andrea Bocelliis all right, but I prefer Andre Rieu. Saw one of his shows last year. Wonderful!

      • Rick Chase

        So according to McCuneWright, your case was supposed to be heard last month. What happened? Since you haven’t mentioned it, it must have been postponed or you lost. Which is it? You certainly didn’t win or you would be bragging about it.

      • Rick Chase

        “NUMBER OF INJURIES RESULTING FROM TOYOTA/LEXUS SUDDEN UNINTENDED ACCELERATION FROM JANUARY 1999 TO JANUARY 2011”
        Please find out what the source was for that table in the article you cited that shows SUA was the cause of those accidents. I’ll bet whoever posted it can’t do that. If I were you, I’d ask for proof rather than take their word for it, or are you one of those idiots that believes that “If it’s on the internet, it must be true”?

      • Rick Chase

        Still posting that stuff that people can’t see and you can’t prove, I see. And I don’t mean about the airbags, THAT I agree with. THAT is proven. I think YOU need to get a life.

      • Rick Chase

        from WKMG 6:
        “A man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Orlando early Sunday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
        The accident was reported on Pepper Mill Boulevard and Clove Street around 4:05 a.m., FHP said.
        Troopers said John Murillo, 47, was traveling westbound on Pepper Mill Boulevard and for an unknown reason, he lost control of the vehicle.The car then traveled into the median and struck a tree.Murillo was ejected, and the car overturned on him.
        FHP is investigating the accident.
        It’s not known at this time if alcohol was a factor in the crash.”

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