Takata Airbag Recall – Is My Car Affected?
It’s estimated that over 65 million cars, trucks, and other automobiles may have defective airbag inflators. So far, 18 people worldwide—12 in the U.S.—may have died due to blasts of shrapnel caused by these defective devices. Over 180 others have been injured, and parts to repair the affected vehicles are in short supply. That’s why authorities have acted.
Takata Corporation is the Japanese manufacturer of the allegedly defective auto components. Many auto companies have issued recalls and notices about the defect, and the makes and models of vehicles involved in the recall can be found in the form above.
Attorney Curt Miner, partner at Colson Hicks Eidson, has been appointed one of four Lead Counsel by the Miami court overseeing the nationwide Takata Airbag Product Liability Multidistrict Litigation for the Personal Injury Track. If you have been hurt in an accident involving a Takata airbag, reach out to Attorney Curt Miner, who will be happy to discuss your potential claim with you and your family. Our firm only takes cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning our firm will only receive attorney fees and costs if and when we are successful in obtaining a settlement or verdict.
What Caused the Airbag Defects?
When a crash occurs, certain chemicals and devices work to inflate the airbag at a high rate of speed. According to investigations into these claims, the defects occur in the inflator and propellant devices. The chemicals used in this process allegedly break down when exposed to high heat and humidity, causing them to react violently when crashes occur.
In April of 2013, Takata announced that the parts were defective. However, a report from the New York Times suggests that the company knew about the defects as early as 2004, and may have even tried to destroy evidence that proved employees knew about the defects. Takata denies these claims.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered Takata to issue a sweeping recall across the nation for all makes and models containing defective parts.
What Do I Do About the Airbag Recall?
If you own one of the vehicles listed, or if you know someone injured by a defective air bag, please call us or submit the contact form above. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
With the list of vehicles involved in the recall continuously expanding, many vehicle owners may be unaware that their car or truck has been included in the Takata airbag recall.