Another 1.4 Million Takata Airbags Recalled After BMW Driver’s Death

Folks, we’ve got another huge Takata airbag recall for you. Plus, some news about upcoming General Motors layoffs and a United Auto Workers guilty plea. All of this and more in The Morning Shift for Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019.1st Gear: Another Takata RecallTakata, the automotive parts supplier that is responsible for the biggest auto recall…

Another 1.4 Million Takata Airbags Recalled After BMW Driver’s Death

Folks, we’ve got another huge Takata airbag recall for you. Plus, some news about upcoming General Motors layoffs and a United Auto Workers guilty plea. All of this and more in The Morning Shift for Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019.1st Gear: Another Takata RecallTakata, the automotive parts supplier that is responsible for the biggest auto recall in history over faulty airbags, is recalling more cars again over another airbag safety issue. The death of a BMW driver in Australia and two other injuries, one in Cyprus, due to defective airbags prompted Takata to alert the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration more cars need to be fixed, reports Bloomberg. About 1.4 million other cars now require repairs.From the story:Components Takata supplied to five of the world’s biggest car manufacturers may absorb moisture that could either cause air bags to rupture or under-inflate, according to a notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website. The recall involves parts produced from 1995 through 1999 and sold to BMW, Volkswagen AG’s Audi, Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp.Emphasis mine, because it’s important to me that you are all aware which cars need the fix. BMW has announced three recalls that affect about 116,000 cars here in the U.S. that are defective and say that approximately 8,000 of them shouldn’t be driven until they’ve been repaired, according to Bloomberg. It continues to say Honda is still working on figuring out which models have been affected, while Mitsubishi says the Montero is the only U.S.-sold car that’s affected. It is also working to determine which models and countries are involved in this new recall.Further, Toyota is looking into the issue as well. An Audi spokesperson told Bloomberg it is reviewing its U.S.- sold 1997 through 1999 models to see if any of them are affected.If you drive a Radwood-era car from any of the manufacturers mentioned above, keep an eye out because these recalls could mean you. Meanwhile, I’m over here wishing for a day when a corporate fuckup stops costing human lives. 2nd Gear: Layoffs ComingNow that we know General Motors has plans to build all-electric SUVs and pickups at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, I suppose news of layoffs doesn’t seem terribly surprising. Starting on Feb. 28, GM will lay off 814 hourly and salaried employees at the plant reports the Detroit Free Press. The employees will be relocated while the plant gets “retooled for a new line of elect
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