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Safety Alert: Takata Airbags

Posted on in Personal Injury
airbag recall, Takata airbags, Crystal Lake Personal Injury AttorneysIf you have airbags in your vehicle made by the Japanese manufacturer Takata Corporation, do not ignore the recall warnings. Various airbags made by Takata are dangerously defective and deploy with excessive force. When the airbag has an explosive release, shrapnel and metal fragments shoot throughout the surrounding area—you do not want that area to be the inside of your vehicle. To date, eight deaths and over 100 injuries have been linked to the airbag defect. To see if your vehicle is affected by this recall (or any recall), please check to see if your VIN number is listed on the recall list. The Basics

Nearly 34 million vehicles worldwide have been recalled due to these dangerous and defective airbags—the largest automotive recall in United States history. On November 3, 2015, the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) imposed the largest civil penalty ever on any company against Takata for its violations of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act. At least 19 million vehicles in the United States are affected. The NHTSA has ordered Takata and the affected vehicle manufacturers to speed up the rate of repairs.

What is the Cause of the Defect?

The reason for the airbag recall is the defective inflator devices manufactured by Takata that sometimes deploy improperly during a crash. Metal fragments are shot into the vehicle and injure the occupants. The most commonly reported injuries include burns, lacerations, permanent scarring, blindness, and severe bleeding. Takata has known about the airbag issue since 2004, but never notified anyone.

What Vehicles are Subject to Recall?

As mentioned, at least 19 million vehicles in the United States are affected by the recall. As of this writing, the manufacturers affected include Acura, BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Daimler, Dodge/Ram, Ford, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Saab, Subaru and Toyota. However, not all models and years are affected.

Contact a Crystal Lake Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you or someone you love was injured as the result of a defective airbag rupture, call our office today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Crystal Lake personal injury attorneys. Email or call Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC today at 815-338-3838.

Sources:

https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/

http://www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/index.html

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2011-title49/pdf/USCODE-2011-title49-subtitleVI-partA-chap301.pdf
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