Takata admits Airbags Defective

Takata is responsible Takata admits Airbags Defectivefor the largest auto recall in U.S. automotive history. The Japanese auto parts supplier  has now admitted, according to a May 2015  New York Times story, that its air bags are defective.  For more than ten years, Takata – a leading supplier of airbags – denied that its airbags were defective. The company issued denials even as motorists bled to death of shrapnel wounds from exploding airbags and other automakers recalled millions of cars outfitted with Takata’s products. The company has, to date, recalled some 34 million vehicles in America.



Cell Phone killed Biden?

Did a cell phone kill radiation picthe son of Vice President Joe Biden? The brain tumor that killed Joseph “Beau” Biden has been linked, at least in the minds of many paying attention, to his heavy use of a cell phone.

It’s still unclear which specific type of tumor Beau Biden suffered from. Treatment to keep it from coming back failed. Cases like Beau’s most often turn out to be a primary brain tumor for adults known as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM); most often (as with most cancers), treatments only help speed death from the cancer. (But that hasn’t stopped our spending billions and billions on cancer “research”, treating symptoms instead of triggers for the disease. Any fool knows by now that environmental factors are the No. 1 cause of cancer.  The “cure” game is highly profitable; prevention, not so much.)

According to The Daily Beast, GBM is an aggressive and often fatal form of cancer. The estimated two-year survival rate is 17 percent for patients between 40 and 65 years old. Most media, like the Beast, report that scientists are not sure what the underlying causes of GBM are, but “Some believe that environmental risk factors, such as radiation from cellphone use, may contribute to brain cancer.”



Texas Supreme Court backs Fracker over Homeowner

The Texas Supreme Courtdont-frack-with-our-water has long outdone even the U.S. Supreme Court for corporate-friendly rulings. In 2010, the country’s highest court ruled 5-4 that corporations are people (Citizen’s United), and that speech is synonymous with money, using the “logic” that regulating campaign spending is akin to restricting speech. Taxpayers who would like to have seen accountability and transparency in campaign contributions, if only to see whether their own congressional representatives work for them or the Koch brothers, were ruled SOL by the high court.  The ruling has since proved, of course, that corporations are not only people; they are very special people. Most of us non-special people can’t afford to buy lobbyists, legislators and new legislation, much less a private plane, a security company, or U.S. military services for investments abroad.



Earthquakes increase in Fracked Areas

Earthquakes caused by fracking dont-frack-with-our-waterhave increased dramatically in the central and eastern U.S., according to a just-released study. The L.A. Times reported on April 23, 2015 that for the first time, the “U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has unveiled a map of earthquakes thought to be triggered by human activity in the eastern and central United States.”



What is the Corporatocracy?

Corporatocracy is a word John Perkinsinvented or at least popularized by American writer John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman, The Secret History of the American EmpireHoodwinked and other books dealing with the unholy marriage of international bankers, multi-national corporations and governments throughout the world but primarily our own government, which is used by bankers and businesses to do their bidding.

John Perkins worked as an economic hitman for a snarl of international companies connected to the World Bank, the IMF and the U.S. Government, including elements of the shadow government, the CIA. In Confessions, his first book, Perkins explains his work as follows: His job was to make sunny economic predictions for Central, South American, Middle Eastern and other countries, always under the beneficent guise of “development,”  of ostensibly helping the peoples of those countries prosper. The sunny predictions were promised if the countries followed through on the hitman’s plans for their development. In reality, the only people that prosper from the kind of globalization plans that people like Perkins had been hired to encourage and implement were the banks, businesses, arms merchants and other private military contractors brought in to help “develop” the countries.



Earthquakes in Dallas Cowboy Land

The old and newfracking glass homes of the Dallas Cowboys in Irving and Arlington, Texas are surrounded by thousands of natural gas fracking wells. Many Irving and Arlington and other nearby residents know firsthand that there’s nothing natural about extracting natural gas miles beneath the earth’s surface.  They have smelled, tasted and felt fracking’s life altering effects on the earth.  Residents of Irving and Arlington and other nearby towns have complained not only of the low frequency noise that rumbles their homes at all hours, but of skin rashes, nose bleeds, nausea, memory loss, endocrine problems, asthma, mental confusion and other fracking-related problems. The complaints tend to come from people who aren’t collecting any mineral rights’ royalties from frack wells in the area.



BMW Air Bag Recall

BMW of North America, BMWLLC (BMW) is recalling some 140,000 cars for a driver’s side air bag that could explode and send metal shrapnel into vehicle occupants. The recall affects model year 2004-2005 325i, 325xi, 330i, and 330xi Sedans; model year 2004-2005 325i Sportswagons; model year 2004-2006 330Ci, 325Ci, 325i, and M3 Convertibles; model year 2004-2006 325i, 330i, and M3 Coupe vehicles. Deployment of the driver’s side air bag could trigger excessive internal pressure and cause the inflator to rupture. The NHTSA report says, “The inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.”

NHTSA Report

Report Receipt Date: June 20, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V348000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 140,696

Vehicle Make/Model – Model Year(s):

  • BMW 325CI  2004-2006
  • BMW 325I  2004-2006
  • BMW 325XI  2004-2005
  • BMW 330CI  2004-2006
  • BMW 330I  2004-2006
  • BMW 330XI  2004-2005
  • BMW M3  2004-2006

Remedy for BMW Owners

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will, without charge, replace the driver side frontal air bag. The recall began December 1, 2014 for those vehicles originally sold, or currently registered, in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands. All other affected owners will be notified on, or about, February 1, 2015. Owners may contact BMW Customer Relations at 1-800-525-7417.


Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Mazda Recalls Dangerous Air Bags

Mazda has2015_mazda_mazda6_angularfront recalled 330,000 cars for a front air bag that can explode in the event of a crash and send shrapnel into occupants. The following cars were recalled for the potentially deadly air bag problem:

Vehicle Make/Model Year(s)

  • MAZDA 2004-2008
  • MAZDA SPEED6  2006-2007
  • MAZDA RX-8  2004-2008

Air Bag can Rupture

Mazda North America Operations (Mazda) announced that it is recalling these certain models from these years because the front driver’s side air bag could rupture in the event of a deployment. Metal fragments could consequently rupture through the bag and strike vehicle occupants, causing potentially serious injury. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag inflators.

Recall began Oct. 2014

The recall began October 17, 2014 for those vehicles which were originally sold or currently registered in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii. Mazda officials said all other affected owners will be notified by mid-Feb. 2015.

Mazda Contact Information

Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda’s number for this recall is 7914J. Note: This recall previously included vehicles being recalled for potential inflator ruptures on passenger frontal air bag inflators. Those inflators and vehicles are now covered by safety recall 14V-773.

 NHTSA Contact Information

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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If you or someone you love was injured in a Mazda vehicle due to a faulty air bag, contact Matthews & Associates for a free legal consultation. The firm is also handling GM recall lawsuits as well as evaluating exploding Takata air bag cases.



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Takata Airbags kill People

Seven million cars airbagsin the U.S. with Takata airbags have been recalled for defects. Defective inflator and propellent devices may deploy improperly in a crash, or they could deploy regardless of a crash, shooting metal fragments into vehicle occupants. At least four people have been killed by exploding airbags in the U.S., according to the Center for Auto Safety. All of the deaths occurred in Honda or Acura cars made by Honda Motor.

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Woman killed by Airbag Shrapnel

Though we do not know the true total of how many serious injuries and/or deaths could be related to the airbag defect, homicide detectives in Orlando, Fla., verified that one woman was killed by shrapnel from an exploding Takata airbag. Hien Tran died last month in Florida after the airbag in her 2001 Honda exploded, sending shrapnel into her face and neck, causing her to bleed to death. Homicide investigators spent two weeks investigating the cuts in Ms. Tran’s neck to determine the weapon(s) used to kill her. She appeared to have been stabbed to death; but detectives finally concluded that her Accord’s exploding airbag killed her. Research alerted them to a case five years earlier in which a woman had also been stabbed in the neck, in Orange County, by an exploding airbag. That woman survived.

Takata Airbag Owners Beware

Owners of affected vehicles would be wise to take note.  The list below shows vehicles with the recalled airbags, but it may not be complete. We do not offer it as legal advice but simply as the list which we are aware has been released so far regarding automobiles with defective Takata airbags. Car makers which are part of the Takata Airbag Recall include Acura, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge/Ram, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Saab, Subaru, Toyota.

Airbag Recall Expanded

On Nov. 13, 2014, Honda expanded an airbag recall to include 2003-2005 Honda Accord; 2001-2005 Civic; 2002-2005 CR-V; 2003-2004 Element; 2002-2004 Odyssey; 2003-2005 Pilot; 2006 Ridgeline; 2003-2005 Acura MDX; 2005 Acura RL.

Takata Airbag Recall Cars

Make and Model of Recalled Vehicle


2002–2003 CL and TL; 2003–2006 MDX; 2005 RL


2000–2005 3-series sedan and wagon; 2000–2006 3-series coupe, convertible; 2001–2006 M3 coupe, convertible


2005–2008 Chrysler 300; 2007–2008 Aspen


2003–2008 Dodge Ram 1500; 2005–2008 Ram 2500, Dakota, and Durango; 2006–2008 Ram 3500 and 4500; 2008 Ram 5500


2004 Ranger; 2005–2006 GT; 2005–2007 Mustang


2001–2007 Accord; 2001–2005 Civic; 2001–2006 CR-V; 2002–2004 Odyssey; 2002–2011 Element; 2003–2007 Pilot; 2006 Ridgeline


2001–2004 Infiniti I30/I35; 2002–2003 Infiniti QX4; 2003–2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45; 2006 Infiniti M35/M45


2002–2005 SC430


2003–2007 Mazda 6; 2006–2007 Mazdaspeed 6; 2004–2008 Mazda RX-8; 2004–2005 MPV; 2004 B-series


2004–2005 Lancer; 2006–2007 Raider


2001–2003 Maxima; 2001–2004 Pathfinder; 2002–2006 Nissan Sentra


2003–2005 Vibe


2005 9-2X


2003–2005 Baja, Legacy, Outback; 2004–2005 Impreza, Impreza WRX, Impreza WRX STI


2002–2005 Toyota Corolla and Sequoia; 2003–2005 Matrix, Tundra.



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