TAKATA AIRBAGS MAY EJECT METAL AND PLASTIC FRAGMENTS CAUSING SEVERE OR FATAL INJURIES TO DRIVERS AND PASSENGERS
Hi. This is Stuart Talley. I am the partner responsible for the product liability and personal injury practice group we have at our firm. The reason I am doing this video today is to provide some information on the recent airbag recall that has been highly publicized in the media. The defective airbags were manufactured by Takata Corporation in Japan.
The Takata airbag recall -both driver and passenger sides- involves approximately 8 million vehicles throughout the United States and has to do with a defect in the inflator mechanism. The recall affects many vehicles across all different types of makes and models such as Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Dodge, Subaru, Mazda, and GM.
At our firm, we are handling cases for individuals who were injured by these defective airbags. The problem concerns the airbags exploding when they are supposed to deploy. These airbags explode and send metal and plastic shrapnel causing lacerations, abrasions, burns, and embedded objects in the body. This resulted in four confirmed deaths and hundreds of injuries. This can happen even in a minor fender bender.
Automakers and dealerships are now having problems. The issue is getting enough airbags to replace the recalled ones. Unfortunately, Takata had manufactured about 30% of the world’s supply of airbags. It’s very difficult to instantly come up with 8 million new airbags; there is a shortage. So, you may get a recall notice and find out they don’t have a new airbag for you.
If you have an affected vehicle, you need to be careful. One manufacturer, Toyota, is actually telling consumers to come in and they are disabling the passenger airbag. They are putting stickers in the car advising people not to sit in the passenger seat. I assume they may do that to the driver’s side but then the cars would not be drivable. At this point, the auto manufacturers are not willing to go that far.
We are looking for cases and investigating cases on behalf of people, and their loved ones, who were involved in accidents and injured after their airbags may have exploded along the lines of this defect. If you have injuries or problems, please give us a call, toll free, at 888-997-5170 for a free case consultation.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recalled approximately 8 million vehicles containing Takata Corp., airbags. The inflating mechanisms in the airbags can rupture, causing metal fragments to eject when the bags are deployed in even the most minor crashes. This defect in the devices can kill or severely injure the driver and passengers. Safety advocates say at least four people died from the problem, and there were multiple injuries.
The recall notice covers vehicles made by Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, General Motors and Ford Motors. To see whether or not your airbags were recalled, go to www.safecar.gov and enter your VIN number. For more information about the dangers posed to you, see the links below:
If you, or someone you know, was injured by a recalled Takata airbag, contact Kershaw|Cook|Talley to learn more about your potential case.
From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
October 20: NHTSA urges owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags. The message comes with urgency, especially for owners of vehicles affected by the regional recalls in the following areas: Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawaii.
More than 7 million vehicles are implicated, reports the Washington Post here. As the Post describes the safety issue, “At least four people have died when inflator mechanisms ruptured on the air bags, spraying the passengers with metal fragments.”
Look and see if your vehicle is affected by entering the VIN at www.safercar.gov/vinlookup. (Seriously. You should do this.)
BMW: 627,615 total number of potentially affected vehicles:
Chrysler: 371,309 total number of potentially affected vehicles:
Ford: 58,669 total number of potentially affected vehicles:
General Motors: undetermined total number of potentially affected vehicles
Honda: 5,051,364 total number of potentially affected vehicles:
Mazda: 64,872 total number of potentially affected vehicles:
Mitsubishi: 11,985 total number of potentially affected vehicles:
Nissan: 694,626 total number of potentially affected vehicles:
Subaru: 17,516 total number of potentially affected vehicles:
Toyota: 877,000 total number of potentially affected vehicles: