Takata Airbag Recall Update
The Takata airbag recall has been expanded again. Takata, you may recall, is a Japanese airbag manufacturer that supplies many different car manufacturers around the world. Since late last year, Takata has been recalling airbags due to a manufacturing defect that under certain conditions shoots metal fragments into the passenger compartment when the airbag is deployed. This significant defect has lead to six know deaths so far and hundreds of significant injuries.
The Takata recall now covers millions of cars. Unfortunately, regulators do not even know exactly how many vehicles have been recalled. This is due to the fact that some car models have been recalled multiple times. The latest recall was estimated to include 34 million cars. However the actual number of vehicles recalled is believed to be a lower figure because some but not all the cars affected have two airbags that need to be replaced. Takata has shipped approximately 4 million replacement parts to date but in another turn of bad luck for the company an estimated 400,000 of those parts are also defective and need to be replaced all over again.
The manufacturers now affected in this recall now include: Acura, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, General Motors (which includes Pontiac and Saab), Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota.
There are multiple lawsuits being filed against Takata at the present time. These cases may be consolidated into a class action later on in the legal process. If you have been injured by a defective airbag, Takata may owe you financial compensation for your damages. In any accident case, especially in a case like this, it is important to protect your legal rights. If you have been injured by a defective airbag or any other car manufacturer–related defect, please contact us immediately.
You can check to see if your car is part of the recall by checking your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) at either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website or at Carfax.com.