Takata Airbag Recall – Injury & Death Lawsuit
Is a family member among the many Americans injured or killed by defective exploding airbags from Japan’s Takata Corporation? If so, you’ve come to the right place. The Willis Law Firm can fight for your legal rights to payments for your losses by means of a Takata airbag recall lawsuit. An enormous Takata recall now involves more than 30 million vehicles, many of them made by Nissan, Ford, Mazda, Toyota and Honda. Repeatedly expanding, the airbag recalls are so enormous that it will take years to address.
Takata Airbag Death from Exploding Airbag Metal Shrapnel
Meanwhile, millions of defective airbags remain on our roads, where a 10th known U.S. airbag fatality occurred in December of 2015. That’s when the 2006 Ford Ranger of Joel Knight, 52, of South Carolina struck a cow which had wandered onto a road. His car’s defective Takata airbag then deployed in appropriately with explosive force, and a piece of shrapnel from the airbag struck Knight in the neck, killing him. According to CBS News, that 10th U.S. airbag fatality triggered another recall of vehicles with Takata airbags on Jan. 22, 2016. That latest airbag recall involved 5 million more vehicles. These vehicles were manufactured by Volkswagen AG, Daimler AG, Ford, Honda Motor Co., Audi AG, Saab AB, Mazda Motor Corp. and BMW AG.
Houston, Texas Takata Airbag Death
One of the 10 known U.S. airbag deaths occurred in the Houston area on Jan. 25, 2015. That’s when Carlos Solis, 35, was killed in a minor traffic mishap in Spring after the airbag in his 2002 Honda Accord exploded with excessive force upon impact. Despite being in a minor collision, Solis died from severe wounds on his neck and bled to death. He had bought the car from a prior owner and thus had not received a recall notice. Another takata airbag death is known to have occurred in Malaysia. In fact, millions more vehicles have been recalled in other nations for Takata airbag defects.
Takata Airbag Recall – Biggest Recall Ever
Based in Tokyo, Japan, Takata is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of airbags and other auto parts. Indeed, Takata supplies an estimated 30 per cent of airbags for the entire world. Overall, the Takata airbag recall — with no end in sight — is the biggest consumer product recall of any product in U.S. history. With such unprecedented, size it is expected to be a logistical nightmare for automakers, not only costing billions of dollars but possibly overwhelming automakers, dealerships and parts suppliers who must seek safe replacement parts. Auto industry analysts believe it may require years of effort to make the necessary repairs on all vehicles with defective Takata airbags. Meanwhile, millions of such safety threats remain on our roads.
“This is a massive safety crisis,” said Gordon Trowbridge, spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). “It is a crisis precipitated by the fact that Takata manufactured millions of defective inflators and provided incomplete, misleading or inaccurate information to NHTSA, Takata customers and the public.”
Trowbridge expects the number of vehicles recalled due to defective airbags to continue to increase. The airbag defect calamity has led to “probably the most complex consumer safety recall in U.S. history,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.
Takata Denies, Then Admits Airbag Defects
“For years,” he said, “Takata has built and sold defective products, refused to acknowledge the defect and failed to provide full information to NHTSA, its customers or the public.” Indeed, for years Takata denied responsibility for airbag accidents. However, pressure by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the NHTSA finally prevailed, and on May 19, 2015, Takata declared its airbags defective.
Airbag Defects Cause Explosions and Deaths
The principal problem is that airbag defects cause them to deploy with explosive force, sending pieces of metal or shrapnel through a vehicle — shrapnel which can injure or kill occupants. Takata officials say According sustained exposure to humidity can result in airbags’ propellant burning too rapidly, and that can cause an explosion. Pieces of the airbag inflators inside metal canisters can become deadly shards of metal, plastic or shrapnel. As a result of the defective airbag crisis, in the past year Takata’s stock has dropped more than 60 per cent. That includes a 10 per cent drop when the 5 million additional vehicles were recalled on Jan. 22, 2016 after reports of the 10th known American fatality occurring due to exploding airbags.
The Takata airbag crisis has been widely known since the first U.S. death attributed to an exploding airbag happened in 2009. Yet defective parts reportedly have been discovered in dozens of truck and car models manufactured as far back as the year 2000.
Does Your Car Have Recalled Takata Airbags?
As for whether your car is affected, if you have not received an airbag recall notice from your vehicle’s manufacturer, you can check online.
To do so, go to https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/. There, enter your car’s VIN, or vehicle identification number. This number should be imprinted on the dashboard of our vehicle close to the driver’s side windshield. You also can find it on state auto registration documents.
If your vehicle is among those affected by a Takata airbag recall, you can take it to the dealer where you bought it and, if parts are available, you may be able to get a repair, at no charge. In an auto recall, it is federal law that consumers not be charged for repairs necessitated by the defect that caused the recall.
Airbag Victims Have Legal Rights
If your family already has experienced a Takata airbag injury or death, you have legal rights. Victims can file a wrongful death or personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer. Let the Willis Law Firm take the lead in this effort. Contact us today, and we will provide you with a free legal evaluation of our case. Then you can decide how you want to proceed, which may mean getting an airbag lawsuit lawyer provided by our firm. Contact us today, and let’s get started. You may be legally entitled to substantial payment for your losses, including medical and hospital costs, lost present and future wages and pain and suffering.