Last week, airbag manufacturer Takata Corporation expanded its defective airbag recall by adding approximately 3.3 million airbag inflators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will not identify the specific vehicles affected by the new recall until later this month.
If you were injured or lost a loved one because of a defective Takata airbag, schedule a free legal consultation with the defective product lawyers at Simien & Simien. Our attorneys may be able to help you pursue compensation for damages suffered by you or your loved one.
The latest recall combines three separate recalls and includes vehicles from the 2009, 2010 and 2013 model years from multiple states.
Takata is recalling 1 million 2013-model-year vehicles from the following manufacturers:
Another 1.5 million vehicles from the 2010 model year are being recalled, including vehicles produced by:
Takata is recalling 800,000 2009-model-year vehicles produced by:
The Takata airbag recall is the largest and most complex automotive safety recall in U.S. history. It affects around 34 million vehicles that have approximately 46 million defective airbags installed.
These airbags have caused a total of 20 deaths worldwide, while more than 180 people have suffered injuries from these defective products.
The airbags were recalled because of a problem with the ammonium nitrate propellant. This chemical is used to create a small explosion that helps fill the airbag quickly during a crash. Unfortunately, this chemical can deteriorate over time, causing it to burn too fast when creating the explosion. This can cause one of the components of the airbag to blow apart, hurling shrapnel at drivers and passengers.
You can find out if your vehicle has been recalled by visiting the NHTSA’s Safety Issues & Recalls website and searching by your vehicle’s VIN number. If your vehicle is included in the Takata airbag recall, you should not drive it until the defective airbags have been replaced. Contact the dealer immediately to schedule this repair.
Because of the risk involved with the defective airbags, some automotive dealers will provide loaner vehicles until repairs can be completed, including:
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If you were injured by a faulty Takata airbag, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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