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Millions of vehicles sold by nearly a dozen different auto makers were recalled in 2014, due to airbag problems that could cause them to explosively over-inflate, sending potentially deadly debris towards passengers and drivers.
STATUS OF TAKATA AIRBAG LAWSUITS: The manufacturer of the recalled airbags, Takata Corp., may have known about the risk of problem for years before actions were taken to correct the problem.
As a result, financial compensation may be available through an airbag recall lawsuit for individuals who have suffered a personal injury or wrongful death as a result of exploding airbags in certain vehicles sold by:
- General Motors
OVERVIEW OF TAKATA AIRBAG RECALL: As of January 2017, about 29 million vehicles sold in the United States have been recalled over the last couple of years due to a risk that defective airbags made by Takata Corp., which may over-inflate and explode.
At least 11 deaths have been linked to the recalled airbags, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The NHTSA warns that the airbags, which are designed to save lives in the event of an accident, may cause dangerous debris or shrapnel to explode into the vehicle. As a result, drivers and passengers face a risk of suffering severe laceration injury or even death.
At first, the risk of the airbag problems appeared to be most prominent in areas with humid weather, leading the NHTSA to issue a consumer advisory on October 22, 2014. The agency urged all owners of recalled vehicles to take immediate steps to obtain repairs, especially if they live in states around the Gulf of Mexico, including Florida, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Louisiana, as well as tropical U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and the state of Hawaii.
However, by November the NHTSA determined that some airbag explosions were occurring even in areas with low humidity, and called for an expanded airbag recall, which Takata Corp. has resisted. However, a number of auto manufacturers have since announced expanded recalls for vehicles equipped with Takata airbags. The NHTSA has issued special orders to both Takata and Honda, saying the companies appear to have withheld information regarding airbag defects. In addition, the NHTSA fined Takata $200 million in November 2015.
Several different makes and models of vehicles sold between 2000 and 2007 have been recalled due to a risk of exploding airbags. However, some internal documents from the airbag manufacturer appear to suggest that the airbag problems may have continued until this summer.
EXPLOSIVE AIRBAG LAWSUITS: Personal injury and wrongful death lawyers are reviewing potential lawsuits for individuals throughout the United States as a result of Takata’s design and distribution of defective airbags and their failure to warn consumers or auto manufacturers about the risk of explosive overinflation in humid conditions. To review a potential claim for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.