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Takata Airbag Recall: Injuries and Deaths

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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 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.

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