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Takata’s Faulty Airbag Lawsuit Update: What’s Next?

April 2nd, 2017 Defective Products
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Since February 2017, 180 injuries and 11 deaths have been attributed to defective airbag inflators made by Takata. If you have been affected, knowing your rights is crucial.

Can I Still File a Takata Airbag Lawsuit?

In 2008, Honda Motor recalled over 4,000 Civic and Accord automobiles due to faulty airbag inflators manufactured by Takata. Knowing your legal rights is crucial. Press releases at that time stated that Takata airbags could rupture suddenly, causing metal fragments to spray within affected vehicles and harm or even kill occupants. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration deemed this recall the “largest and most and most complex” and “largest recall in U.S. history,” eventually determining that Takata airbags contained faulty inflators capable of igniting spontaneously.

Timeline of Events Involving Takata Airbags

  • 2009—Ashley Parham dies almost immediately when the airbag in her 2001 Honda Accord ruptures violently, embedding metal fragments in her neck. Although Takata and Honda deny they are at fault, Parham’s family files a Takata airbag lawsuit and settles for an unknown sum. Honda then recalls over 500,000 Acuras, Accords, and Civics for defective airbags. In December 2009, another person is killed following the explosion of a Takata airbag due to a minor accident. Family members sue Takata and Honda for nearly $100 million. The two companies settle for three million.
  • 2010—Honda recalls nearly 440,000 Acuras globally.
  • 2011—Honda recalls hundreds of thousands more additional Acura and Honda 2001-2003 models so they can find the faulty airbag inflators used as replacement parts. Later, in 2011, Honda expands their recall, saying thousands of bad inflators could have been installed at manufacturing plants.
  • 2013—Mazda Motor, Honda, Toyota Motor and Nissan Motor all recall 3.4 million automobiles due to defective Takata airbags. In September 2013, a third death attributed to faulty Takata airbags occurs when a driver dies from “severe facial trauma” from the expulsion of metal shards contained in an exploding airbag.
  • 2014—Another person dies after a Takata airbag installed in a 2001 Honda Accord explodes and shoots shrapnel directly into the woman’s face, head, and neck. A faulty airbag lawsuit is filed in October 2014 claiming automakers and Takata hid vital information regarding the potential for airbags to be defective and dangerous. In that same year, the New York Times published an article stating that Takata CEO’s ordered the results of airbag tests be destroyed. It was later discovered that these results contained data describing quality control issues surrounding cracks in airbag inflators.

On January 13th, 2017, the U. S. charged three Takata executives for Takata’s defective airbags. Takata pled guilty and paid $1 billion to complete the investigation. This payment included a $25 million penalty and $125 million in compensation to victims and victims’ families. So far, 16 deaths have been positively linked to Takata’s airbags.

Filing a Takata Airbag Lawsuit

When a manufacturer puts a defective device on the market that injures you or a loved one, you deserve compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know have been injured by a Takata airbag, contact a product liability attorney at Nolan Caddell Reynolds at 866-242-0452 for a free legal consultation. Nolan Caddell Reynolds consults design engineers, stress analysts, metals experts, medical professionals, and electronics technicians to analyze and explain the product and design failures that injure our clients. A complete list of automobiles recalled due to having defective Takata airbags installed in them can be found here.

Absolute life savers. Fast, extremely qualified, and professional. I cannot say enough good things about this firm. Attorney Waylon Cooper and his legal staff, especially Mechelle, were exceptionally helpful and saved us from potential devastation. The personal relief I have experienced as a result of this team cannot be expressed in words. I will forever be in their debt. Thank you!!

Benjamin D.