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Mitsubishi Takata Airbag Recall Lawsuit

As of 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that about 130,000 Mitsubishi vehicles in the U.S are subject to recall due to the defective and potentially deadly airbags manufactured by the Takata Corporation, which have already claimed several lives and resulted in hundreds of serious injuries. This is a direct consequence of the nationwide Mercedes-Benz Takata Airbag Recall, which so far, along with the recalls of several other auto manufacturers, affects approximately 42-million vehicles, making it the largest recall in U.S history. It is estimated that the number of vehicles affected will jump to approximately 90-million vehicle’s by the year 2020!

The Mitsubishi airbags that are being recalled are due to Takata’s unsafe use of ammonium nitrate, a chemical compound commonly used in explosive devices which, after exposure to moisture in areas with high heat, can destabilize over time and explode, sending metal shrapnel into the vehicle (even in minor accidents). Coupled with a defective design in the metal housing chamber, this creates a very serious safety issue that can result in blindness, wounds, lacerations, disfigurement, and even death.

Although the airbags are dangerous, replacing the Takata airbags in Mitsubishi vehicles will be difficult to accomplish in a timely manner due to the millions of other vehicles also subject to the Takata airbag recall, including the half a million vehicles Mitsubishi recalled in Japan in 2016. Even worse, some Mitsubishi vehicles may only receive an “interim remedy,” in which the recalled airbag device is replaced with the exact same defective components, the only difference being a “fresher” ammonium nitrate. Although this does “temporarily” decrease the likelihood of a deadly explosion, Mitsubishi will again need to recall these airbags as they will ultimately be just as dangerous as the ones they replaced. As such, the NHTSA has already ordered that Takata phase out the use of their defective airbags by 2020, and has announced that Mercedes and any other manufacturers performing an interim remedy, will need to replace these temporary fixes before their vehicles are actually safe to drive.

The following is a list of Mitsubishi vehicles that are likely to have a Takata airbag installed:

  • 2012-2017 i-MiEV
  • 2004-2007 Lancer
  • 2004-2006 Lancer Evolution
  • 2004 Lancer Sportback
  • 2006-2009 Raider

Takata may not be the only company liable for installing the defective and deadly airbags. In fact, Mitsubishi installed Takata’s airbags in their 2016 and 2017 i-MiEV electric hatchbacks, even after the deadly effects were discovered in 2015. Instead of investing to redesign their airbag module, Mitsubishi decided to continue using ammonium nitrate airbags in these vehicles until they are forced to recall them again in the future.

Pursuing a Takata Airbag Lawsuit properly, requires lawyers who fully understand Lemon Law, Auto Fraud, and personal injury. Our attorneys handle each case with the utmost care and attention, providing detailed reports and evidence organized by our in-house research and development department. We understand the taxing, and often emotional, process of protecting consumer rights, and we will fight for you to ensure your rights!

If you have received a Takata recall notice, or if you would like us to run your vehicle through our database to see if it has a Takata airbag recall, then please call 213-282-2000 or fill out our FREE Case Review Form, and we will have one of our experienced Takata Airbag lawyers review your case and let you know of your rights and remedies.

If you have a Takata airbag installed in your Mitsubishi vehicle, or if you believe you or a loved one has been injured by a Takata airbag explosion, you may be entitled to financial compensation and should give us a call immediately at 213-282-2000, or fill out the Takata Air Bag Case Review Form, and one of our experienced attorneys will help you understand what monetary compensation you may be entitled to.

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