Over the past decade, airbags manufactured by Takata, one of the largest suppliers of airbags in the world, have been linked to deaths and severe injuries. The airbags can explode violently when they deploy, sending shrapnel flying into a car’s passenger compartment. Six deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the flaw. During that time, Takata denied that its airbags were defective even though drivers and their passengers were being killed by the exploding airbags.
Last year, Takata finally admitted that its airbags were defective and agreed to an initial recall in the United States of nearly 34 million airbags — or about one in seven of the more than 250 million vehicles on American roads — making it the largest automotive recall in American history. This week, US auto safety regulators more than doubled what was already the largest recall in U.S. history,  adding an additional 35 million to 40 million Takata air bag inflators to the recall list. The total number of recalled airbags now tops 70 million.
This latest recall is planned to take place in five phases between may 2016 and December 2019 based on prioritization of risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA has created some online resources to help consumers whose vehicle may have a defective air bag made by Takata.
To Check Your Car – You can check to see if your particular vehicle is on the list by entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) at this website: https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/.
To Keep Updated On The Recalls – NHTSA has set up a website dedicated to the Takata recalls: http://www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/index.html. The website will contain regular updates, recall lists, and information on the status of the Takata recalls and its investigation.
If your or a loved one has been injured by a Takata airbag, please give our attorneys a call to set up a free evaluation. Our attorneys are skilled at handling defective auto cases and have secured substantial recoveries for our clients.
Author: Serena C. Montague
Publication Date: June 01, 2016