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Houston-Area Accident Linked to Defective Takata Airbags

Author Jarod Cassidy

Honda Motor Co. has confirmed that a driver was killed last week in a collision in which the Takata Corp airbag equipped in his 2002 Honda Accord may have ruptured.

NHTSA and Honda Investigate Accident

According to Reuters, 35-year-old Carlos Solis was killed on January 18 after suffering blunt force injuries to the neck during a crash in Spring, Texas, just north of Houston.

Honda has stated that Solis’ vehicle was part of a 2011 safety recall, but the recall repair was never completed. The company also said they are waiting to examine the vehicles components to determine if the airbag inflator did in fact rupture.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also been informed of the accident and will looking into the matter. NHTSA and the U.S. Justice Department are also investigating several other fatal accidents in which faulty Takata airbags are thought to have been a factor.

So far, five deaths have been confirmed to have been caused by Takata airbag ruptures.

Vehicles Included in Takata Recall

The following vehicles are being recalled in connection with defective Takata airbags:

  • BMW – 627,615 vehicles affected:
    • 2000 – 2005 3 Series Sedan
    • 2000 – 2006 3 Series Coupe
    • 2000 – 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon
    • 2000 – 2006 3 Series Convertible
    • 2001 – 2006 M3 Coupe
    • 2001 – 2006 M3 Convertible
  • Chrysler/Dodge – 3.3 million vehicles affected:
    • 2005-2008 Chrysler 300
    • 2007-2008 Chrysler Aspin
    • 2006-2007 Dodge Charger
    • 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 1500
    • 2005-2008 Dodge Ram 2500
    • 2005-2008 Dodge Dakota
    • 2005-2008 Dodge Durango
    • 2006-2008 Dodge Ram 3500
    • 2006-2008 Dodge Ram 4500
    • 2008 Dodge Ram 5500
  • Ford – 502,489 vehicles affected:
    • 2004 Ford Ranger
    • 2005-2006 Ford GT
    • 2005-2007 Ford Mustang
  • General Motors – 133,211 vehicles affected:
    • 2002 – 2003 Buick LeSabre
    • 2002 – 2003 Buick Rendezvous
    • 2002 – 2003 Cadillac DeVille
    • 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer
    • 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Impala
    • 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
    • 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Venture
    • 2002 – 2003 GMC Envoy
    • 2002 – 2003 GMC Envoy XL
    • 2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Aurora
    • 2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada
    • 2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette
    • 2002 – 2003 Pontiac Bonneville
    • 2002 – 2003 Pontiac Montana
    • 2003 – 2005 Pontiac Vibe
    • 2005 Saab 9-2x
  • Honda – 5.4 million vehicles affected:
    • 2002-2003 Acura CL and TL
    • 2003-2006  Acura MDX
    • 2005 Acura RL
    • 2001-2007 Honda Accord
    • 2001-2005 Honda Civic
    • 2002-2006 Honda CR-V
    • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
    • 2003-2011 Honda Element
    • 2003-2007 Honda Pilot
    • 2006 Honda Ridgeline
  • Mazda – Approximately 330,000 vehicles affected:
    • 2003-2007 Mazda6
    • 2004-2008 RX-8
    • 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6
    • 2004-2005 MPV
    • 2004 B-Series
  • Mitsubishi – 11,985 vehicles affected:
    • 2004-2005 Lancer
    • 2006-2007 Raider
  • Nissan – 717,364 vehicles affected:
    • 2001-2004 Infinity I30/I35
    • 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4
    • 2003-2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45
    • 2006 Infiniti M35/M45
    • 2001-2003 Nissan Maxima
    • 2001-2004 Nissan Pathfinder
    • 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra
  • Subaru – 17,516 vehicles affected:
    • 2003-2005 Baja
    • 2003-2005 Legacy
    • 2003-2005 Outback
    • 2004-2005 Impreza/WRX/WRX STI
  • Toyota – 877,000 vehicles affected:
    • 2002 – 2004 Lexus SC
    • 2003 – 2004 Toyota Corolla
    • 2003 – 2004 Toyota  Matrix
    • 2002 – 2004 Toyota Sequoia
    • 2003 – 2004 Toyota Tundra

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220,000 Ford Vehicles Recalled Due to Faulty Springs and Safety Belt Fasteners

Author Farren Washington

Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday that they are recalling more than 220,000 vehicles due to issues with faulty door springs and saftey belt fasteners.

About the Ford Vehicle Recall

According to the Detroit News, the automaker is recalling over 205,000 2010-2013 sedans due to an issue with the springs in the interior door handles.

Ford said that any of the doors could fly open in a side-impact crash, increasing passengers' chances of injury. Local dealers will thoroughly inspect all four interior door handles and repair or replace them.

Ford is also recalling 16,100 2014 vans because of safety belt fasteners that may not have been tightened properly.

Safety belt fasteners that are not installed properly run the risk of loosening up over time, and will therefore reduce the effectiveness in a potential crash or accident. Local dealers will replace and properly tighten them.

Description of Recalled Ford Vehicles

  • 194,889 vehicles were recalled in the United States and federalized territories, 9,948 in Canada and 108 in Mexico.
  • No accidents or injuries were reported.
  • The following models were recalled:
    • Ford Taurus
    • Lincoln MKS
    • Ford Police Interceptor sedans
    • Ford Transit Connect vans

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Life Flight Responds to Harris County Crash

Author Jarod Cassidy

Life Flight responded to a collision on Highway 99 Wednesday morning.

Details of the Harris County Accident

KHOU reports that accident occurred on southbound Highway 99 at FM 529 around 8 am Wednesday.

Details on the accident are scarce, and traffic was diverted to the frontage road. Lanes were reopened around 9:30 am.

The extent of injuries of individuals involved is not known at this time.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,377 people were killed in auto accidents in Texas in 2013 – a 1.05-percent decrease from the 3,413 deaths recorded in 2012.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents in 2013 with 89,270 people suffering serious injuries.
  • Based on available crash data for the year, TxDOT estimates one person was killed in an auto accident in Texas every 2 hours and 36 minutes.

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