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Takata Airbag Recalls Continue to Expand

An additional 3.3 million defective Takata airbag inflators are being recalled. Automakers affected by the recall include: Toyota, Honda, Ford, Tesla, Subaru, GM, Fiat Chrysler, Mazda, BMW, Mitsubishi, Jaguar Land Rover, Audi and Daimler Vans. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, an estimated 37 million vehicles with Takata airbags are under currently recall. Millions of other vehicles will be added to the recall by 2019. Defective Takata airbags contain inflators that may explode when the airbags deploy. The inflators use the highly volatile chemical ammonium nitrate as a propellant. Ammonium nitrate burns too quickly after it has been exposed to humid and hot weather conditions for a long period. As a result, the inflators deploy with too much force. Vehicle occupants can be killed or injured by high-speed metal shrapnel from the inflator’s casing. There have been at least 21 deaths worldwide caused by defective Takata…
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How the Takata Airbag Recall Could Have Been Prevented

The Takata airbag recall has resulted in vehicle occupants suffering catastrophic injuries and death. However, could it have been completely avoided? A recent article in Fortune makes the case for how the Takata airbag recall could have been prevented. What Could Takata Have Done to Avoid Making Dangerous Airbags? We have blogged about the Takata recall on multiple occasions. During our coverage, it has become clear that negligence on the part of Takata and several automakers is to blame for the Takata airbag recall. There are injury victims whose lives will never be the same and families who lost loved ones. Therefore, the fact that all that pain and suffering is due to an auto parts manufacturer and auto companies knowingly installing dangerous airbags into cars and trucks is unacceptable. However, that appears to be the case, and according to Fortune, here are a couple of the preventable reasons the…
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Does My Vehicle Have an Unfixed Recall?

Millions of vehicles with unfixed recalls are being driven on roads across the country. These vehicles may contain dangerous product defects that are capable of causing serious injuries or deaths. For example, Takata airbag inflators can deploy with excessive force. In this case, the canisters that house the inflators can burst open and send shrapnel into vehicle occupants. This is only one example of a potentially fatal defect. If your automaker is following the law, then you should receive a notice in the mail if your vehicle is placed under recall. However, there is another way you can check the recall status of your vehicle. NHTSA’s website, www.safercar.gov, allows you to check if your vehicle has an incomplete safety recall. This website is the most effective tool for staying up-to-date on recall information. Before you can begin the process of checking for a recall, you will need to find your…
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Honda Confirms 20th Takata Airbag Death

Officials with Honda Motor Company confirmed another death caused by an exploding Takata airbag inflator. Honda said the person died on July 10 during a crash in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The unidentified person, who was in a 2004 Honda Civic, is the 20th death worldwide caused by Takata’s defective airbag inflators. Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Honda confirmed the death during a recent inspection. According to Honda, the car’s airbag was salvaged from a 2002 Honda Civic. Takata’s defective inflators use ammonium nitrate, a highly volatile chemical, as a propellant to inflate the airbags during a crash. The ammonium nitrate can degrade and become unstable when it is exposed to heat and humidity for long periods of time. As a result, the metal canisters housing the airbags can blow apart. Vehicle occupants have been catastrophically injured or killed by high-speed metal shrapnel. More than 180…
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Florida Car Crash Could Be the 13th US Death Caused by Defective Takata Airbags

A fatal auto accident involving a 34-year-old woman in Holiday, Florida could be the 13th death in the United States caused by defective Takata airbags. Investigators with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Honda claim the airbag inflator on the driver’s side of the 2002 Honda Accord ruptured. According to NHTSA, the ammonium nitrate propellant used in the inflators can degrade over time when it is exposed to humidity and temperature fluctuations. As a result, the inflators deploy with too much force. The metal casing that holds the inflators can rupture into small pieces that hit drivers and passengers when these airbags deploy. Florida car owners have an increased risk of being harmed by this defect due to the humid environment. In addition, NHTSA claims 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles pose the greatest airbag rupture risk. Can I File a Takata Airbag Lawsuit? Automakers and auto parts makers…
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Will Takata Avoiding Bankruptcy Help Recall Victims?

The Takata Recall is getting more and more troubling, and now the government is increasing its own involvement. U.S. Senators have sent letters to the embattled auto parts maker. They want guarantees that the company will be able to repair the defective safety devices it sold. But will the company’s response be what lawmakers had hoped for? Is Takata Avoiding Bankruptcy? Upon hearing that Takata Corp could declare bankruptcy, federal officials got concerned. They sent letters to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Takata to confirm that supplies of replacement airbags would not be affected by a Takata bankruptcy. Well, they’ve got an answer… sort of. On Friday November 4th, the CFO of Takata—Yoichiro Nomura—announced that the company would like to avoid bankruptcy. He continued to say that he believes court-led bankruptcy would disrupt the supply of replacement parts. He also believes the company’s business would be halted…
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