January 31:This recall of Acura, Dodge, Jeep, Honda, Pontiac, and Toyota vehicles is for defect that may cause airbags to deploy inadvertently.
Following a NHTSA investigation, Honda has agreed to pay two $35 million civil penalties for failing to report deaths, injuries, and certain warranty claims in violation of the TREAD Act. Honda also agreed to increased NHTSA oversight and third-party audits. NHTSA issued more fines in 2014 than in the agency's entire history.
The decison to call for a national recall of vehicles with certain Takata-made driver’s side frontal air bags is based on the agency's evaluation of a recent driver’s side air bag failure in a vehicle outside the current regional recall area. Unless Takata and the involved manufacturers quickly agree to this recall, NHTSA will use its full statutory powers to ensure vehicles that use the same or similar air bag inflator are recalled. Details
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