November 17, 2014 / 6:29 AM / 5 years ago

Timeline: Takata air bag recalls

(Reuters) - Following are some key events leading to the recall of several 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.

* July 29 - Honda recalls 510,000 Civics, Accords and Acura 3.2 TL cars (2001-02 models) globally for potentially defective Takata air bags.

* Dec 24 – Gurjit Rathore is killed in Virginia when the air bag in a 2001 Honda 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 recalls 437,000 Acura cars and other vehicles (2001-03 models) globally, expanding 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. Globally, it says 304,000 are recalled as a bad inflator may have been installed at the factory, and 613,000 are recalled to find defective inflators installed as replacement parts.


* 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.

* May 7 – BMW (BMWG.DE) recalls 220,000 vehicles globally, raising the overall recall for the latest Takata-related issue to over 3.6 million.

* May 10 – Takata posts record $212.5 million annual net loss; books $307 million extraordinary loss for recall costs; 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 an accident near Los Angeles from “apparent facial trauma due to foreign object inside air bag,” according to coroner’s report.


* June 11 – Toyota expands recall to 2.27 million vehicles globally; adding 650,000 previously not recalled in Japan, and 1.62 million overseas for a second time.

* U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opens probe that goes beyond manufacturing glitches Takata and Honda previously identified. NHTSA is examining whether driving in high humidity regions contributes to the risk of Takata air bag explosions. Takata says inflators in the recall were supplied to Honda, Toyota, BMW, Chrysler (FCHA.MI), Ford (F.N), Mazda and Nissan.

* 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. Later, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, BMW, Chrysler and Ford say they are recalling more vehicles in some U.S. high humidity regions.

* June 26 – Takata CEO apologizes to shareholders at AGM.

* June 30 – Takata says some potentially defective inflators also shipped to Subaru (9778.T) and Mitsubishi Motors (7211.T).

* July 16 – BMW recalls about 1.6 million cars worldwide to replace Takata air bags, going beyond the regional U.S. recall.

* 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 Honda Accord is in an accident in which the air bag explodes, shooting out shrapnel, according to the police report. [ID:nL2N0SC1HS]

* Oct 17 - Reuters, based on a review of internal Takata documents, reports Takata struggled to meet its own standards for safety in manufacturing air bag inflators at its plant in Monclova, Mexico. [ID:nL3N0RX0D6]

* Oct 20 – Toyota recalls 247,000 vehicles in the U.S. for Takata air bag problems. [ID:nL2N0SF130]

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

* Oct 22 - NHTSA expands the total number of U.S. vehicles recalled involving Takata air bags to 7.8 million over the past 18 months. [ID:nL2N0SH15K]

* 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 defective air bags. [ID:nL1N0SN070]

* Oct 30 - NHTSA orders Takata to provide documents and answer questions under oath in air bag probe. [ID:nL1N0SP28M] On Nov 5, NHTSA orders Honda to do the same. [ID:nL1N0SV37X]

* Nov 6 - Takata warns of a bigger full-year loss, and pays no interim dividend for first time since 2006. [ID:nL4N0SW1PN]

* Nov 7 - New York Times reports Takata ordered technicians to destroy results of tests on some air bags after finding cracks in inflators. [ID:nL4N0SX1AN]

* Democratic lawmakers call for criminal probe into Takata. [ID:nL1N0SX1BR]

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

* Nov 12 - Takata tells Reuters it has modified the composition of an air bag propellant. It did not specify how or when this was changed, but said it still used ammonium nitrate, and the change was not a sign of a flaw or defect. [ID:nL2N0T22LN]

* Nov 13 - Honda discloses fifth fatality, and first outside the U.S., from air bag shrapnel wounds. Law Suk Leh, who was nine months pregnant, died in Malaysia on July 27 after being hit by a piece of metal from a Takata air bag in a Honda City compact car. [ID:nL3N0T508X]

* Honda recalls another 170,000 cars in Asia and Europe, taking its total Takata-related recalls to nearly 10 million.

* Takata says its U.S. unit has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to produce documents related to air bag defects. [ID:nL3N0T35H7]

Compiled by Ben Klayman; Editing by Ian Geoghegan and Bernadette Baum

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