Takata Airbag Recalls
What was already the biggest auto recall in the nation has now doubled in size. Takata, which is one of the largest airbag makers in the world, has recently recalled an additional 35-40 million airbag inflators in the U.S. This number is in addition to the 28.8 million airbags which have already been recalled.
Vehicles with Takata airbags are being recalled because the airbags can deploy with such excessive force, blowing apart the metal inflator and sending metal shrapnel into the face and body. The airbag inflators that are being investigated use ammonium nitrate-based propellant without a chemical drying agent. This type of propellant can become unstable when exposed to high humidity or moisture as well as over time. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that only the ammonium nitrate inflators have been rupturing and they have given Takata until the end of 2018 to prove that the compound is safe in inflators that remain on the road, otherwise they will be forced to recall those as well.
Another Takata Airbag Fatality
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Takata airbag inflators have been linked to ten deaths and more than 100 injuries in the United States.
The most recent incident occurred on March 31, 2016. A 17 year old was driving on a state highway just outside of Houston when she ran into the car in front of her. Her airbag ruptured sending a metal fragment into the left side of her neck. The young teenager died at the scene of the accident.
Automakers Affected by the Takata Airbag Recall
• General Motors
There are specific models which are affected for each automaker. For a complete list of affected makes, models and years visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) website for an updated list. You can also look your Vehicle up by VIN Number here.
Takata Airbag Recall Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident which involves a faulty Takata air bag seeking legal advice from an attorney experienced in personal injury can help protect your rights. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz have over 5 decades of experience with personal injury cases. We have six offices located in Southwest Florida. Our offices are conveniently located in Fort Myers (two offices to serve you), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh, and Port Charlotte. Call us today to set up your appointment for a free consultation. Justice Starts Now.