At the start of this week, on Tuesday May 19th, Takata Corporation, a Japanese auto parts manufacturer and supplier, recalled 34 million vehicles due to defective airbags. This recall, the largest one in American automotive history, stems from a long account of suspicions about Takata’s products which began in the early 2000s by some of Takata’s employees and the US government. The ten automakers that use Takata as a supplier, including Honda, Chrysler, Nissan and Ford, are beginning to recall vehicles that have the defective airbags.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) agency began to investigate Takata when a few consumers reported violent airbag explosions after involvement in a car accident. In the situations reported, airbags exploded and sent shrapnel, or metal pieces and debris, flying out toward the passenger seats of vehicles. As one can imagine, this is very dangerous and can cause serious injuries. So far there have been six deaths and more than 100 injuries stemming from the defective airbags.
More disturbing than the accidents is the fact that up to this point Takata has been uncooperative and has denied having product issues. Although the NHTSA has had suspicions about potential quality defects in Takata products for a few years already, the agency was unable to gather enough evidence in 2009 to continue with a case that was six months in the making. After years of government pressure, recent fines, and increasing automobile recalls of automobiles containing their products, Takata made a statement admitting that their airbags have defaults and that any automobile containing one will be recalled.
As of now Takata is unsure of what is causing the air bag explosions, but possible factors include an airbag or airbag component design flaw, leaks in the inflators, or the potentially harmful propellant used in the inflators. Going forward, Takata is looking into these possibilities to find the source of the air bag explosions. Furthermore, it is working with the automotive companies to identify the specific models of cars affected by the recall. Find more information about this news story on the New York Times website.
One in seven cars will be affected by the Takata airbag recall. It is important to know what next steps you should take:
Although following these steps is important, no individual person can prevent an airbag explosion. If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a car accident involving an airbag explosion, regardless of if you suspect your airbag is part of the Takata recall, contact the Detroit lawyers at Goodman Acker P.C. to discuss your case and get the expert help you need. At Goodman Acker P.C., our attorneys specialize in helping victims injured in airbag explosions caused by a defect.
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