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Takata Airbags: Injuries and Deaths Lead to Over 7,800,000 Vehicles Recall

Takata Airbag Recall Lawyers

Airbags have saved thousands of lives since their introduction in the 1980s, but the carelessness of Takata Corporation has revealed how one flaw can cause devastating injuries and fatal accidents that leave families grieving and fighting for justice.

Your family deserves an ally.

Eight deaths and over 100 injuries are linked to Takata's defective airbags.

Defective Takata airbags have led to the recall of millions of vehicles. They have been recalled because of defective inflators that can rupture and cause metal shrapnel to tear through the airbags when they deploy. When these metal fragments come out of the bag, drivers and passengers are put in harm’s way by a device that was supposed to guard them from further injury. 

You Deserve Justice for What Takata Has Taken from You

If you or a loved on has been injured due to a defective Takata airbag, you may be entitled to compensation. Victims of defective products may be awarded damages for medical expenses, lost wages and more. A Takata airbag lawyer at Simien & Simien can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

For a free case review, fill out our online contact form or call us at (800) 374-8422.

Worldwide, more than 14 million vehicles have been recalled as a result of these defective airbags. In the United States, approximately 7.8 million vehicles have been affected. The recalls first began in 2013, however, the makes and models affected date back to the early 2000s.

The following vehicles have been recalled:

  • 2000 – 2005 3 Series Sedan
  • 2000 – 2006 3 Series Coupe
  • 2000 – 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon
  • 2000 – 2006 3 Series Convertible
  • 2001 – 2006 M3 Coupe
  • 2001 – 2006 M3 Convertible
  • 2002 - 2003 5 Series Sedan
  • 2003 X5 SUV
  • 2005 – 2008 Chrysler 300
  • 2007 – 2010 Chrysler Aspen
  • 2005 - 2010 Chrysler 300C
  • 2005 - 2010 Chrysler SRT8
  • 2008 - 2010 Dodge Challenger
  • 2006 - 2010 Dodge Charger
  • 2005 – 2008 Dodge Durango
  • 2005 – 2011 Dodge Dakota
  • 2005 - 2008 Dodge Magnum
  • 2003 – 2009 Dodge Ram 1500
  • 2005 – 2009 Dodge Ram 2500
  • 2006 – 2009 Dodge Ram 3500
  • 2006 – 2010 Dodge Ram 4500
  • 2008 – 2010 Dodge Ram 5500
  • 2004 – 2006 Ranger
  • 2005 – 2006 GT
  • 2005 – 2014 Mustang
  • 2007 - 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500
  • 2007 - 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500
  • 2007 - 2008 GMC Sierra 2500
  • 2007 - 2008 GMC Sierrra 3500
  • 2003 – 2007 Pontiac Vibe
  • 2005 Saab 9-2X
  • 2001 – 2007 Accord
  • 2001 – 2005 Civic
  • 2001 – 2005 Civic Hybrid
  • 2001 – 2004 Civic CNG
  • 2002 – 2006 CR-V
  • 2003 – 2011 Element
  • 2002 – 2004 Odyssey
  • 2003 – 2008 Pilot
  • 2006 Ridgeline
  • 2003 – 2006 Acura MDX
  • 2002 – 2003 Acura TL/CL
  • 2005 Acura RL
  • 2003 – 2008 Mazda6
  • 2006 – 2007 Mazdaspeed6
  • 2004 – 2008 Mazda RX-8
  • 2004 – 2005 MPV
  • 2004 – 2006 B-Series Truck
  • 2004 – 2006 Lancer
  • 2004 – 2006 Lancer Evolution
  • 2004 Lancer Sportback
  • 2006 – 2009 Raider
  • 2001 – 2003 Nissan Maxima
  • 2001 – 2004 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2002 – 2006 Nissan Sentra
  • 2001 Infiniti I30
  • 2006 Infiniti M35/M45
  • 2003 – 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45
  • 2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4
  • 2003 – 2005 Baja
  • 2003 – 2008 Legacy
  • 2003 – 2008 Outback
  • 2004 – 2005 Impreza
  • 2002 – 2007 Lexus SC
  • 2003 – 2007 Corolla
  • 2003 – 2007 Corolla Matrix
  • 2002 – 2007 Sequoia
  • 2003 – 2006 Tundra
  • 2004 - 2005 Rav4

 

On Nov. 1, Nissan announced that they would be recalling some Infiniti SUVs in the United States with airbags manufactured by Takata Corp. According to Nissan, the airbags were built with an incorrect outer baffle part which could also cause the inflators to rupture. More than 30,000 vehicles have been recalled as a result of this new defect.

NHTSA airbag warnings

Following an onslaught of vehicle recalls in 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a press release urging vehicles owners who have been notified of an airbag recall to get their vehicles repaired right away. The NHTSA noted that owners in regions with high humidity, such as Louisiana, should contact a local dealer as soon as possible to make arrangements for repair. Nearly all of the fatal accidents linked to the defective airbags occurred in areas with high humidity and temperatures.

Anyone who believes that their vehicle may have been impacted can visit the NHTSA’s online recall tool to search by vehicle identification number (VIN) and confirm if their vehicle needs to be repaired.

Takata airbags under investigation

As the investigation into Takata Corporation continues, some reports have revealed that the airbag manufacturer failed to recall these dangerous airbags early on.

A New York Times exposé on Takata Corp. alleges that one of the first incidents linked to these faulty airbags dates back to 2004. The driver of a Honda Accord was injured by metal pieces that came out of the airbag upon deployment. Takata called this instance an "anomaly."

In 2009, another accident involving a Honda Accord led to the death of the driver who reportedly had pieces of metal pierce her neck and chest. By 2007, a total of five inflator ruptures had been reported to Honda yet the company waited until 2008 to issue a recall. The company only recalled 4,000 vehicles in 2008; currently, more than six million Hondas have been recalled for faulty airbags.

By Nov. 2009, the NHTSA had launched an investigation into Honda’s reports of airbag problems, but the investigation was closed within six months due to “insufficient information” suggesting that the company failed to take timely action.

Five years later, the NHTSA has revived that inquiry and is asking Takata to turn over documents and answer under oath any questions the administration has on the defective airbag inflators. Takata has until Dec. 1 to respond to this request.

Former Takata Employees

Emerging reports from the New York Times suggest that Takata may have known about the airbag defects and concealed them from safety regulators and automotive companies. Two employees have come forward to allege that the company tested airbags found in junkyards after becoming aware that some of them ruptured during accidents. The company is alleged to have conducted substantial tests and was able to prove that a defect did in fact exist in the inflation devices used in the airbags.

Instead of announcing the defects, the employees allege the company deleted all of the evidence associated with the airbag safety failures. If the stories of the employees can be corroborated, the amount of exposure and liability that the Takata Corporation will experience may be unprecedented. The potential civil, criminal, individual and class action proceedings against the company may surpass the General Motors ignition switch debacle of 2014. 

In light of these serious allegations and the dangers posed by the defective airbags, Simien & Simien litigation attorneys are preparing to assist residents of Louisiana and Texas assert their rights. 

Takata Lawsuit Settlements

Investigations into Takata Corp., Honda Motor Co., and other automakers has found that at least five of one dozen lawsuits filed on behalf of Takata airbag victims were settled confidentially. Such agreements may have prevented the public and NHTSA from obtaining important information on the defective airbags early on. Read more on our blog.

Contact a Takata Airbag Lawyer

As consumers, we trust companies and corporations to create quality products – especially when it concerns driver and passenger safety. If you have been injured by a defective Takata airbag, let the experienced attorneys at Simien & Simien fight for your right to fair and just compensation.

Our firm has attorneys who are licensed in both Louisiana and Texas to provide personal injury services in those states.

For more information on how we can help you, contact us for a free and confidential legal consultation.

Call us today at (800) 374-8422 or fill out our online Free Case Evaluation form.