4.3M Takata Airbags Added To Recall List, More To Come
Airbag manufacturer Takata has recalled an additional 4.3 million faulty airbags, adding to the massive list of the previously recalled vehicle, which is part of what CBS News reports as the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these recalls began in May 2016 and consumers can expect recalls to continue through December 2019.
Takata Airbag Recall: What is the Issue
Chemical ammonium nitrate is used by Takata to create a small explosion and fill airbags quickly in a crash. When exposed to high humidity and heat, the chemical will decay, causing the defective inflators to explode without warning. Drivers and passengers are showered with hot shrapnel unexpectedly, causing very serious, life-threatening injuries, and sometimes death.
So far 20 people have lost their lives, and more than180 have been injured worldwide according to CBS news.
Injuries Caused by Takata Airbags
These life-threatening Takata airbag deployments may cause motorists and passengers to suffer severe injuries and possibly even death. Injuries may include:
- Eye injuries and blindness
- Brain injuries or concussions
- Excessive black eyes
- Facial or cranial fractures
- Blunt force trauma
- Trauma to organs
- Head neck and spine injuries
- Hearing loss
Is Your Vehicle on the Takata Recall List?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration previously announced a recall which included frontal airbags in certain 2009, 2010 and 2013 vehicles made Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Tesla. As for the newly-recalled 3 million vehicles, automakers will provide specific models in paperwork that will be filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Toyota has reported they are recalling an additional 601,000 vehicles in the U.S. The recall covers:
- Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix, Scion xB, Lexus IS250 and 350 and Lexus IS-F from the 2009, 2010, and 2013 model years.
- Toyota 4-Runner, Lexus IS 250C and 350C and Lexus GX 460 from the 2010 and 2013 model years.
- Toyota Yaris and Lexus ES 350 from the 2009 and 2010 model years.
- Toyota Sienna from the 2013 model year.
Honda has reported an additional 465,000 vehicles and 960 Gold Wing motorcycles in the U.S. are being recalled. The recall covers:
- Acura RL and Honda Accord from the 2009-2012 model years.
- Acura TSX, Honda Fit, Honda Ridgeline and Honda Pilot from the 2009-2013 model years.
- Honda Civic, Honda CR-V, Honda Element from the 2009-2011 model years.
- Honda Crosstour, Honda Insight and Acura ZDX from the 2010-2013 model years.
- Acura TSX from the 2011-2013 model years.
- Honda FCX Clarity and Honda Fit EV from the 2013 model year.
- Gold Wing motorcycles with optional airbags from the 2009-2016 model years. Honda has noted that there have been no airbag ruptures reported on any Honda motorcycles globally.
Takata Airbag Replacement Program
Every Takata airbag will be replaced for free; a nationwide repair schedule has been developed which will have the most dangerous airbags replaced first.
You may visit the National Highway Safety Administration website to find out if your vehicle is under recall. It is convenient to search using your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Your VIN is located on the lower left of your car’s windshield and is also on your car’s registration card.
When it’s time to get your vehicle fixed, you should get a recall notice with instructions in the mail.
Why Should I Seek Legal Advice?
Without a skilled product liability attorney on your side, chances are you won’t be fairly compensated after you were injured by a defective airbag. It is critical to have an experienced product liability attorney on your side. It is common for vehicle manufacturers and their insurance companies to do everything they can to avoid paying injury victims a fair settlement to cover the true cost. Having legal counsel will allow you to have an aggressive start and do whatever needs to be done to get your life back on track.
Waiting too long to seek legal help may affect your settlement. Important physical evidence could be altered, and witnesses may forget what they saw. There is a legal deadline for filing a personal injury case called a statute of limitations. If the time limit expires, you may be barred from taking any legal action in an attempt to recover compensation for the damages you have suffered.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
If you have been injured by a defective airbag, you should contact an experienced product liability attorney immediately. Here at the Carlson Law Firm, we have a staff of attorneys, legal assistants, private investigators and nurses who are ready to assist you today. We will heavily invest in your case to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today. We care, we can help.