A Carlson Law Firm client riding passenger in a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado suffered serious injuries after a defective Takata airbag exploded in a car crash.
In September 2017, a couple in a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado driving on a Texas road swerved to avoid a car driving on the wrong side of the road. In its effort to avoid hitting the car, the truck hit a center divider. The defective Takata airbag that came standard on the truck’s passenger side led to our client suffering serious injuries. The defective airbag exploded and shot shrapnel toward her.
The client lives in Texas—a state that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration deemed a high priority zone. Therefore, the vehicle’s exposure to Texas’ mostly hot and humid climate increased the chances of the airbag explosion.
Our client suffered the severe injuries commonly found in victims of defective airbags. When the Takata airbag deployed, shrapnel shot at our client at high speeds leading to her:
- level four concussion;
- bruises on her face and around her eyes;
- fractures in her left forearm, wrist, thumb, shoulder, right knee cap and ankle;
- puncture wounds;
- and internal bleeding to the liver.
Her injuries were the direct result of General Motor’s slow-moving pace to replace defective Takata airbags. Owners of GM vehicles received notices of the defect nearly two years before the defective airbags failed our client. However, rather than work toward repairing defective airbags, the company has made three attempts to exempt itself from the recalls.
It’s been a little over a year since our client retained our services to assist her through the Takata claims process. Our client, along with hundreds of others, submitted their Takata claims by the end of August 2018. She is one of the hundreds of people in the first wave of claimants expected to hear back on her claim since the company agreed to a settlement.
The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
In many defective auto cases, the process may require you to have the vehicle as evidence of your claims. However, the Takata claim doesn’t require you to have the vehicle. If you have injuries or a loved one passed away from Takata airbag defects, it is not too late to file a claim. The Carlson Law Firm has a qualified Takata airbag recall lawyer ready to assist you.