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11Jul
ms_msTakata adds 2.7M vehicles to air bag inflator recall

Takata adds 2.7M vehicles to air bag inflator recall

ABC News – July 11, 2017

Takata adds 2.7M vehicles to air bag inflator recall

Takata is adding 2.7 million vehicles from Ford, Nissan and Mazda to the long list of those being recalled to replace potentially dangerous air bag inflators.
The inflators are a new type that previously was thought to be safe. Vehicles affected are from the 2005 through 2012 model years.
Takata inflators can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 17 people have died and more than 180 injured due to the problem. The inflators have caused the largest automotive recall in U.S. history with 42 million vehicles and up to 69 million inflators being called back for repairs…

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10Jul
ms_msMan dies when air bag inflator ruptures during car repair

Man dies when air bag inflator ruptures during car repair

ABC News – July 10, 2017

Man dies when air bag inflator ruptures during car repair

Another person has been killed in the U.S. by an exploding Takata air bag inflator, but this death wasn’t the result of a crash.
Honda says a man died in June 2016 when an inflator ruptured while he was working inside a 2001 Honda Accord using a hammer.
The car’s ignition switch was on, so the air bag would have been ready in case of a crash. But it’s not clear why the air bag deployed, the company said. Police photos show the metal inflator ruptured and shot out fragments in Hialeah, Florida, near Miami.
“The rupture most likely contributed to his death,” Honda spokesman Chris Martin said.
The company has not been able to inspect the car and is relying on police photos to make its determination, Martin said…

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26Jun
ms_msTakata, brought down by airbag crisis, files for bankruptcy

Takata, brought down by airbag crisis, files for bankruptcy

CNN Money – June 26, 2017

Takata, brought down by airbag crisis, files for bankruptcy

Japan’s Takata was brought down by the huge cost of its exploding airbag crisis. The company’s faulty airbag inflators, which can blast shrapnel into drivers and passengers, have resulted in the recall of tens of millions of vehicles and been linked to 11 deaths in the U.S. and several others elsewhere.
With spiraling debts estimated at more than $9 billion, Takata (TKTDY) said Monday it’s seeking bankruptcy protection in Japan and the U.S. It’s also selling off the lion’s share of its business to a U.S.-based rival.
Key Safety Systems, a Chinese-owned company based in Michigan, is paying $1.6 billion for nearly all of Takata’s operations. But it’s staying away from the parts that deal with the airbag inflators, which will eventually be wound down…

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15Mar
ms_msThis Company Uses Machine Learning to Find Owners of Recalled Cars

This Company Uses Machine Learning to Find Owners of Recalled Cars

Entrepreneur – March 15, 2017


This Company Uses Machine Learning to Find Owners of Recalled Carss

When a car company issues a recall, it’s typically on dealerships to reach out to affected customers. But since vehicles can change hands, leaving records out of date, dealers aren’t always able to provide drivers with this at times vital information.

One company that addresses this issue is Recall Masters, founded by programmer Chris Miller.

Related: This Is the Year of the Machine Learning Revolution

Recall Masters, which employs 20 people and even a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., collects data from more than 50 different sources, then utilizes machine learning to analyze it. The startup can then determine if a vehicle qualifies for a recall and who its current owner is — even if it has been resold multiple times — by poring over billions of transactions, according to Miller. He dubs the process “digital forensics.”…

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