When a car accident occurs, many people assume deployable airbags will keep them safe. However, for more than 180 drivers who suffered routine car accidents, they were surprised to find that their airbags not only failed to keep them safe but were the direct cause of their accident-related injuries.
The Explosive Takata Airbag
Those who have experienced a moderate fender bender know that physical injuries can occur as a result of an accident, but generally speaking, their car is the only item worse for wear. However, Takata airbags turn mild car crash situations into fatal scenarios.
When airbags deploy, they do so through a chemical reaction that ignites and quickly fills the airbag. Unfortunately, for people in accidents involving Takata airbags, this chemical reaction ripped through the material of the bag and shot shrapnel into the car, injuring passengers unlucky enough to be caught in the blast. Why are Takata airbags shooting shrapnel? Researchers believe that Takata failed to use the right strength of ammonium to keep their airbags safe. In tragic news, this mistake has injured nearly 180 people and killed 15 others, but millions of airbags are still at large.
Replacing Takata Airbags
2008 was the first year that Takata airbags were revealed to be unfit for service in specific vehicle models. Over the past ten years, researchers continue to find car models holding Takata airbags that need to be replaced. At this point, more than 50 million airbags are targeted for recall, but nearly 60% of the airbags (30 million) are still at large. Therefore, on any given day, Takata airbags could harm another unsuspecting driver. Car owners need to take this recall seriously, and in the end, replacing a recalled car’s airbags is the only way to ensure that a driver stays safe.
Were You Injured by Takata Airbags?
If you received injuries due to Takata airbags, you might be eligible for financial compensation. If you want to hold Takata responsible for their negligence, you should hire professional legal counsel. At Stern Law Group, we believe you have suffered enough by enduring this traumatic experience, and helping you or a loved one get the answers you need is our number one priority. To learn more about your options, contact Stern Law Group for a free consultation concerning your case.