Takata Corporation, a major auto parts supplier, is the focus of a 35 million-vehicle recall by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) centering on faulty airbags that may violently rupture in a crash. The airbags have the potential to spray shards of metal and other debris on impact, which can maim, disfigure, or kill vehicle occupants.
Ten deaths and more than 100 injuries have already been linked to the defective airbags, and the NHTSA warns consumers to take action immediately.
If you have experienced an injury due to an explosive Takata airbag, or if someone you love was injured because of the defect, don’t hesitate to take legal action. Contact Cory Watson Attorneys to get the help you deserve. Fill out our free consultation form online or give us a call at (877) 562-0000.
Find Out If Your Vehicle Was Recalled
The NHTSA has confirmed that over 50 vehicle makes and models have been fitted with airbags manufactured by Takata. To see if your vehicle has been recalled, use NHTSA’s VIN lookup feature. If you have received a recall notice for your vehicle’s airbag, it is important for your safety that you take your vehicle to a dealer and have the recall work performed.
What Did Takata Know?
The first known report of problems with Takata airbags came in 2004, when the driver of a Honda Accord was injured by an explosive airbag during a crash. Another incident with an Accord five years later would end in a fatality where the driver was found with shrapnel in her neck and face. Takata had previously referred to the 2004 event as an anomaly.
At least three more ruptures were reported to Honda in 2007 according to regulatory filings and court records, but these incidents were settled confidentially with victims.
2008 brought an initial recall from Honda for a small number of vehicles they believed were equipped with Takata airbags. In 2011, the manufacturer submitted an estimated death tally to regulators, but this number was kept secret from the public.
In November 2009, the NHTSA launched an investigation into Honda’s airbag problems, but closed the inquiry six months later saying there was “insufficient information” to suggest the company failed to take timely action. The NHTSA has revived this inquiry and required Takata to submit documents and sworn testimony regarding these events.
Protect Your Rights
At Cory Watson Attorneys, we don’t think you should have to pay for a corporation’s negligence. We have over 30 years of legal experience, and we’re prepared to help you with your Takata airbag lawsuit. If you or a loved one were harmed, contact Cory Watson Attorneys today for a free evaluation of your claim. Call (877) 562-0000 or fill our our free consultation form to get started.
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