What is the Takata Airbag Recall?

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May 9, 2017
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The largest auto recall of all time involves airbags manufactured by Takata Corp., which involves hundreds of thousands of vehicles. So exactly what is the Takata airbag recall? The airbags have caused several deaths and hundreds of injuries due to defects in the design. In this video, attorney Curt Miner explains how the Takata airbags have caused injury and death to consumers. Curt Miner has been appointed Lead Counsel for Personal Injury Track in the Takata Airbag Products Liability Litigation.

Video Transcription:

Back in the early 2000’s, Takata, a Japanese manufacturer of airbags began introducing a type of airbag in which it was using ammonium nitrate as part of the propellant. These airbags began to be used by automakers around the world and in the United States. Major automakers like Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen. You name it, they used it. And as it turned out, when these airbags are exposed to heat and humidity over a long period of time, particularly in states like the state we’re in now, Florida, which is not unknown to experience some heat and humidity in Florida, the propellant in the airbag can begin to degrade. And when that happens, it can become overly explosive. So when a driver is in an accident and they expect their airbag to deploy, instead of deploying normally and acting as a safety device that protects the driver, it can act almost like a small grenade or a small mine. And it can explode and the metal casing that houses the propellant turns into shrapnel. Pieces of hot sharp metal that blow out into the passenger compartment of the car. And in the worst cases, people can suffer catastrophic injuries from hot sharp metal flying into literally, into their face, into their neck, into their torso, so this device that is supposed to be a critical safety device and protect you in an accident becomes something that causes your injuries, which is tragic and something that’s absolutely not supposed to happen in the design of an airbag. For more information, call Colson Hicks Eidson at 305-476-7400. Or visit our website, Colson.com.