Takata’s defective airbags are behind the largest recall in US history. More than 34 million vehicles with these airbags are currently under recall. Additional vehicles will be added to the recall by December 2019. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) expanded the recall in December to cover another 3.3 million airbags. You could use NHTSA’s website to discover if your vehicle has an unfixed recall for Takata airbags.
First, you would need to find your vehicle identification number (VIN). Your vehicle’s VIN can typically be found on the insurance card or the driver’s side dashboard. Once you have it, input the number into the VIN lookup tool on NHTSA’s site. You could call your dealership to see if they have the parts available to make repairs if your vehicle has an unfixed recall.
Why Are Takata Airbags Dangerous?
Takata inflators use ammonium nitrate to deploy airbags. Ammonium nitrate becomes unstable when it is exposed to heat and humidity for long periods. Airbags can explode with excessive force once the ammonium nitrate becomes unstable. The metal canisters that house the inflators can be blown apart when these airbags deploy. Vehicle occupants can be killed or injured by metal shrapnel.
An estimated 21 people worldwide have been killed by defective Takata airbags. Another 180 have been injured by severe lacerations. Some people have been blinded after being hit by shrapnel.
What makes Takata airbags even more scary is that you do not have to be involved in a major accident for this defect to cause you harm. In one case, a technician was killed after performing maintenance on a Honda with a Takata airbag. Minor collisions could also trigger the defect.
Can I File an Auto Defect Lawsuit?
You may be able to file a product liability claim if you are injured by a Takata airbag or another auto defect. The vehicle manufacturer, dealership or parts manufacturer could be liable for any damages you or a loved one have suffered.
The attorneys at Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. have decades of combined experience with wrongful death and product liability claims. You could speak to one of our attorneys at no cost to discover if you have options for recovering compensation.