Timeline: Takata air bag recalls

(Reuters) - Following are some key events in the cumulative global recall by more than 10 automakers since 2008 of more than 31 million cars fitted with potentially defective air bags made by Japanese firm Takata Corp 7312.T.


Nov. 4 – Honda Motor 7267.T recalls 4,000 Accords and Civics (2001 models) globally as Takata air bag inflators may produce excessive internal pressure causing them to rupture and spray metal fragments in the car.


May 27 - Oklahoma teen Ashley Parham dies when the air bag in her 2001 Honda Accord explodes, shooting metal fragments into her neck. Honda and Takata deny fault and settle for an undisclosed sum.

Dec. 24 - Gurjit Rathore is killed in Virginia when the air bag in a 2001 Accord explodes after a minor accident, severing arteries in her neck, court documents show. Her family sues Honda and Takata for more than $75 million in April 2011, claiming they knew of the air bag problems as early as 2004. Honda and Takata settle in January 2013 for $3 million, according to court documents.


Feb. 9 - Honda expands earlier recalls


April 27 - Honda recalls 896,000 Honda and Acura 2001-03 cars in order to find defective Takata air bag inflators installed as replacement parts.

Dec. 1 - Honda again expands recalls.


April 11 - Toyota Motor 7203.T, Honda, Nissan Motor 7201.T and Mazda Motor 7261.T recall 3.4 million vehicles globally due to possibly defective Takata air bags.

April 18 - Takata says to book extraordinary loss of $307 million for year to March 2013 for recall-related costs.

May 7 - BMW BMWG.DE joins recalls.

May 10 - Takata posts record $212.5 million annual net loss, and names Swiss national Stefan Stocker as president, the first foreigner in the post.

Sept. 3 - Devin Xu dies in a 2002 Acura TL sedan in a parking lot accident near Los Angeles from “apparent facial trauma due to foreign object inside air bag” - coroner’s report.


June 11 - Toyota expands prior recall to 2.27 million vehicles globally; U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opens probe, examining whether driving in high humidity regions contributes to the risk of Takata air bag explosions; Takata says there is nothing to indicate any inflator safety defects.

June 23 - Honda, Nissan and Mazda recall 2.95 million vehicles, expanding April 2013 recall, bringing the total recall to about 10.5 million vehicles over five years.

June 26 - Takata CEO apologizes to shareholders at AGM.

July 16 - BMW recalls about 1.6 million cars worldwide.

July 18 - Takata says to book special loss of about 45 billion yen ($440 million) in April-June for recalls.

Oct. 2 - Orlando woman Hien Thi Tran dies four days after her 2001 Accord is in an accident in which the air bag explodes, shooting out shrapnel - police report.

Oct. 21 - Takata shares drop 23 percent in Tokyo.

Oct. 22 - NHTSA expands total number of U.S. vehicles recalled for Takata air bags to 7.8 million over past 18 months.

Oct. 27 - A first case seeking class-action status is filed in Florida, claiming Takata and automakers, including Honda and Toyota, concealed crucial information on air bags.

Nov. 6 - Takata warns of bigger full-year loss, and pays no interim dividend for first time since 2006.

Nov. 7 - The New York Times reports Takata ordered technicians to destroy results of tests on some air bags after finding cracks in inflators. Democratic lawmakers call for criminal probe into Takata.

Nov. 10 - Takata shares drop 17 percent to 5-1/2 year low.

Nov. 13 - Honda says a woman - later identified as Law Suk Leh, 43 - died in Malaysia in July after being hit by shrapnel from a Takata air bag in her Honda City - the first such fatality outside the U.S.; Takata says it has modified the composition of its air bag propellant; Honda widens recalls; taking its total alone to nearly 10 million.

Nov. 20 - U.S. Senate hearing into Takata air bag crisis.

Dec. 4 - At U.S. Senate hearing, Takata says unable yet to find ‘root cause’ of air bag ruptures.

Dec. 11 - Honda, Nissan add to recalls in Japan.

Dec. 16 - Honda recalls around 570,000 cars in China over Takata air bags

Dec. 17 - Mark Rosekind confirmed as new head of NHTSA.

Dec. 24 - Stocker steps down as Takata president.


Jan. 29 - Honda says 35-year-old Carlos Solis was killed in Houston in a 2002 Accord fitted with a Takata air bag that may have ruptured.

Feb. 11 - Takata says to double output of replacement air bag inflators by September.

Feb. 20 - U.S. regulators impose daily fine of $14,000 on Takata for failing to fully cooperate with air bag probe.

March 23 - Honda hires U.S. engineering consultancy Exponent to investigate Takata air bag faults.

May 8 - Takata says expects to return to profit in 2015-16.

May 13 - Toyota says to recall 5 million cars globally, including Corolla and Vitz models from 2003-07; Nissan to recall 1.56 million cars, taking overall global recalls to more than 31 million in eight years.

Compiled by Ben Klayman and Ian Geoghegan