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Volkswagen Takata Airbag Recall Lawsuit

As of November 9th, 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) officially added Volkswagen and Audi to the list of vehicles subject to recall due to the defective and potentially deadly airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation, which have already claimed several lives and resulted in hundreds of injuries. This is a direct consequence of the nationwide Volkswagen Takata Airbag Recall, which so far, along with the recalls of several other auto manufacturers, affects affecting approximately 42-million vehicles, making it the largest 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 Volkswagen and Audi 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.

Volkswagen first issued recalls in February 2016, but replacing Takata airbags in Volkswagen and Audi vehicles has been difficult to accomplish in a timely manner due to the millions of other vehicles also subject to the Takata airbag recall. Even worse, some vehicles will only receive an “interim repair” that replaces the airbag modules with the exact same mechanism with “fresher” ammonium nitrate. Although this does temporarily decrease the likelihood of a deadly explosion, Volkswagen 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 Volkswagen and any other manufacturers performing an interim remedy, will need to replace these temporary fixes before their vehicles are actually safe to drive.

Volkswagen and Takata have also designed a “final repair” for other vehicles that still contains volatile ammonium nitrate along with a cautionary desiccant that absorbs moisture in the system, preventing the destabilization of the propellant. Desiccants, however, can only hold a limited amount of water, and testing is underway to see if they can even be considered a permanent repair. If Takata fails to prove that ammonium nitrate with desiccant can furnish safe and secure airbags, then tens of millions of vehicles will be recalled once again.

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

Volkswagen
  • 2009-2017 CC
  • 2010-2014 Eos
  • 2010-2014 Golf
  • 2013 Golf R
  • 2009-2013 GTI
  • 2012-2014 Passat
  • 2006-2010 Passat Sedan
  • 2006-2010 Passat Wagon
Audi
  • 2006-2013 A3
  • 2005-2008 A4 Avant
  • 2006-2009 A4 Cabriolet
  • 2005-2008 A4 Sedan
  • 2010-2011 A5 Cabriolet
  • 2003-2011 A6 Avant
  • 2005-2011 A6 Sedan
  • 2009-2012 Q5
  • 2017 R8
  • 2008 RS 4 Cabriolet
  • 2007-2008 RS 4 Sedan
  • 2005-2008 S4 Avant
  • 2007-2009 S4 Cabriolet
  • 2005-2008 S4 Sedan
  • 2010-2012 S5 Cabriolet
  • 2007-2011 S6 Sedan
  • 2016-2017 TT

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 Volkswagen or Audi 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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