Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on Jan 25, 2017 in Product Liability
The Takata airbag recall was recently expanded to include more than 652,000 vehicles from 13 carmakers.
Defective Takata airbags have caused 16 deaths around the world, including 11 in the United States, and injuries to 180 people.
The recall already included many vehicles from carmakers like Honda, Toyota, Ford and Chrysler.
The latest round of recalls was initiated by the following automakers to replace the front passenger airbags:
- Jaguar-Land Rover
- Daimler Vans
Dangers of Takata Airbags
The dangers of Takata airbags stem from the ammonium nitrate propellant that creates a chemical reaction causing the airbags to inflate when a car is involved in a collision.
The propellant can become unstable and deteriorate, particularly in hot and humid climates. This can cause the ammonium nitrate to burn too fast and explode when the airbag deploys, spraying metal shrapnel at drivers. The shrapnel is sprayed with such force that it can severely injure or kill drivers.
Size of Takata Recall
This has become the largest car safety recall in U.S. history, affecting 42 million vehicles with 69 million defective airbags.
Around the world, nearly 100 million inflators have been recalled and eight million defective airbags have been replaced.
Due to the volume of affected vehicles, many vehicle owners are still waiting to have their defective Takata airbags replaced.
Vehicle owners can type in their vehicle identification numbers on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website to find out if their car, truck or SUV is included in the recall.
Have you lost a loved one or been injured by a defective Takata airbag? An experienced Takata airbag recall lawyer may be able to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation.
At Stephens, Anderson & Cummings, our Fort Worth injury attorneys offer a complimentary consultation to review your claim and determine if you can file a lawsuit. If we take your case, you will not owe us legal fees unless you receive compensation or a jury rules in your favor.
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