Why Are Takata Airbags Dangerous?

"Colson Hicks Eidson is recognized as one of the top litigation firms in the country, handling local, national and international litigation for a wide range of clients." - Chambers USA

May 9, 2017
Colson Hicks Eidson

When you get behind the wheel of your car, you should not have to worry about your vehicle’s safety devices failing to work or hurting you. However, that has been the case for many people because of the Takata airbag recall. A National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation has traced the Takata airbag defect to a problem with the ammonium nitrate in the propellant in the airbags. In this video, attorney Curt Miner talks about the ammonium nitrate issue and why Takata airbags are dangerous. Curt Miner is Lead Counsel for Personal Injury Track in the nationwide Takata Airbag Product Liability Litigation.

Video Transcription:

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has been investigating this very thoroughly and comprehensively and Takata itself has acknowledged that the defect arose because they use something called ammonium nitrate in the propellant in the airbags. In the actual design of an airbag, there’s a canister and there’s a fabric bag that’s attached to it and when you’re in an accident something has to inflate that bag very quickly and inside that canister, what’s used in most modern airbags is a propellant. It’s something that causes gas to be generated very quickly and causes the airbag to puff out. The use of the ammonium nitrate inside the propellant in the canister turned out that under certain environmental conditions it becomes too explosive so instead of just expanding the airbag to protect the driver or the passenger, it literally explodes like a small grenade or a small mine. And that small grenade or that small mine is positioned right in front of a driver’s face, neck, and upper body in the steering wheel. The injuries have been a wide variety of injuries. It’s ranged from people who when the shrapnel expelled have just experienced nicks and cuts, to people who had large pieces of shrapnel sadly embed in their throats. Some people died as a result of their carotid arteries being severed when large pieces of the shrapnel expelled from the airbags. For more information, Call Colson Hicks Eidson 305-476-7400 or visit our website, Colson.com.