For more than a year, Takata Corporation has faced widespread scrutiny over concerns that its airbags contained a dangerous defect. Last month, the Japanese auto parts manufacturer finally admitted that its airbags were defective and that the company would be doubling its recall to 34 million U.S. cars and trucks - the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.
Here are some key details about the recall:
- The recall concerns defective airbags manufactured by Takata. According to federal regulators, the airbags can rupture and explode during the deployment process. When this happens, vehicle occupants can be struck by metal shrapnel. The faulty airbags have been associated with numerous injuries and several deaths.
- The recall now includes 34 million U.S. vehicles from various automakers, including Honda, Toyota, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, General Motors, Ford, BMW, Chrysler, and Mitsubishi.
- While a definitive cause is still yet to be determined, federal investigators from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have stated that the issue may stem from a problematic airbag inflator. Takata has publicly stated that it will be discontinuing the use of ammonium nitrate as a propellant for the inflator.
Under product liability laws, auto part manufacturers are required to ensure their products are safe for public use. Because Takata failed to ensure the safety of its airbags, injured victims and families may be able to recover financial compensation for their losses by filing personal injury claims.
At Stern Law Group, our personal injury attorneys are currently investigating cases from individuals and families who believe they may have suffered harm as a result of defective airbags. If you have questions about your case and how our attorneys may be able to help you, contact our firm for a FREE case review.