It’s a device you expect to help save your life, not severely injure or potentially kill you or a loved one. But that’s just what Takata airbags have done over the last 14 years with 11 deaths and more than 100 injured in the United States, with many more around the world injured by the defective device. Reports have linked most major automobile brands using Takata airbags with injuries or deaths after the airbag deployed explosively. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history” that will occur over the next several years.
The Takata airbag recall is made even worse due to evidence that the manufacturer Takata was aware the airbag was unsafe when it was first on the market and did not make their findings public to consumers. If you have been injured by a Takata airbag, a product liability lawyer at Nolan Caddell Reynolds with extensive knowledge of defective devices can help you get the money you deserve for your injuries.
How Takata Airbags are Defective
There are now more than 100 million vehicles around the world that will require an airbag replacement in order for drivers to avoid potentially catastrophic injuries. The mechanism causing the airbag to explode on occupants of a vehicle when deployed is the inflator, a metal cartridge filled with propellant wafers. The inflator can ignite with destructive force when it is ruptured in a crash, resulting in metal shards sent throughout the vehicle upon impact.
According to the NHTSA, the airbags use ammonium nitrate-based propellant that has no chemical drying agent. The airbag inflator can be compromised by moisture and high temperatures, which can lead to the airbag improperly inflating and, in some cases, projecting shrapnel into the vehicle occupants.
Brands Affected by Takata Airbag Malfunctions
It is a wide-ranging list of top automakers from around the world that have various models cited in the Takata airbag recall. You can search to see if your vehicle is part of the recall by checking this NHTSA site for your VIN number or the make and model.
You deserve compensation for your injuries if you were involved in an accident where you were injured by a Takata airbag. Take the first step of talking to an experienced product liability attorney at Nolan Caddell Reynolds who understands the technical and legal issues involved and how to build and prove your case. The following is list of some of the brands that are part of the Takata airbag recall:
When a manufacturer knowingly 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 a loved one 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 product and design failures that injure our clients.