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Airbag Explosion in Japan Raises Questions over More Recalls

Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on Dec 09, 2014 in Product Liability

takata airbag injury lawyersAre more recalls on the way for Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corporation? After an airbag exploded at a scrapyard in central Gifu prefecture spraying shards of metal debris all over the inside of the 2003 Toyota WiLL Cypha vehicle, many are predicting that Takata will have to expand its recall yet again.

Witnesses near the November explosion incident described the sound as being like a gunshot. Akihiro Wakayama, a manager at the Chikamatsu Shokai Co. scrapyard, said that the violent burst was “two to three times” louder than normal.

Further investigation into the incident is being conducted by Japan’s transportation ministry. The Cypha was not subject of any recalls linked to the explosive airbags.

Wakayama explained that the incident was especially disconcerting because the Cypha was not a vehicle they had been told to watch out for. The concern is that these vehicles may be so unstable that Wakayama’s employees cannot work on them safely.

The most recent Takata airbag explosion in the Toyota Cypha was the seventh to occur in a Japanese scrapyard since 2012. Those previous ruptures led to recalls, and many are wondering whether the ministry will take the same steps with the Cypha.

Currently, Takata Corp. is in the midst of international investigations concerning its exploding airbags, which were installed in nearly 10 million vehicles and have been linked to five deaths.

If you or someone you love was injured by a Takata airbag or encountered a problem with a Takata airbag in an auto accident, you could have a claim for compensation. Call our personal injury attorneys at 877-920-9009 or fill out our online evaluation form for help today.