Takata Airbag Recall Lawsuits

Takata Corporation knowingly concealed that the airbags they supplied most of the automobile industry were defective and potentially deadly, which has already claimed numerous lives, and resulted in countless other injuries and disfigurements. To settle their case, Takata has agreed to pay criminal fines, compensate victims of the exploding airbags, and help pay automakers to facilitate the largest recall in U.S. History.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a faulty airbag explosion, or if your vehicle is equipped with an airbag subject to recall, you may be entitled to financial compensation and should call us immediately at 213-282-2000. Even if you are unsure whether your vehicle is affected, give us a call or fill out our FREE Case Evaluation Form and one of our experienced Takata airbag attorneys will review your case and let you know what monetary compensation you may be entitled to.

Why Takata’s Airbags Are Dangerous

In the late 1990s, Takata Corporation, a Japanese based airbag manufacturer, developed a low-cost explosive mechanism to inflate airbags. The mechanism encases ammonium nitrate in a metal container, which activates upon an accident and deploys the airbag. Takata used ammonium nitrate because it is incredibly cheap, and by using it as their airbag propellant, Takata had a competitive advantage over airbag manufactures who use more stable compounds.

The problem with using ammonium nitrate is that it’s a highly dangerous compound that is sensitive to changes in temperature and moisture, and breaks down over time, which can lead to the propellant burning too fast, and cause the metal canister that houses the propellant to explode violently, sending shrapnel into the occupants of a vehicle. Senator Bill Nelson describes Takata’s airbag system, “in effect a live hand grenade in front of a driver and a passenger.”

After the numerous deaths and injuries, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted lab tests and determined that exposure to heat and moisture did in fact cause Takata’s ammonium nitrate to destabilize and explode even in the slightest fender benders. In addition to Takata’s airbags, ammonium nitrate is used in 80% of all explosives used in North America, including mining, quarrying, and construction. It was also used in the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Delhi and Hyderabad blasts in India, and the Oslo bombings. To further show how dangerous ammonium nitrate is, when a truck in Texas carrying Takata’s airbag inflators crashed in 2016, the explosion leveled a nearby home killing a woman inside, injured four others, and sent debris up to two miles from the blast. Takata never should have used ammonium nitrate in their airbags, effectively turning one of a vehicle’s most trusted safety features into its most dangerous.

Takata’s airbag design defect, coupled with their use of ammonium nitrate as a propellant, makes vehicles with Takata airbags especially dangerous in hot places like California. It is imperative to have these defective systems replaced immediately, and you should call us at 213-282-2000 to protect your rights.

The Takata Airbag Recall

The Takata airbag recall is the largest recall in U.S. history, affecting up to 69 million inflators, and at least 42 million vehicles which is expected to increase to about 90 million by 2019. This means that there are still millions of cars on the streets today with these faulty and potentially deadly airbag mechanisms, which so far has resulted in at least 17 known deaths, and caused hundreds of other injures, including blindness, lacerations, punctures, and disfigurement.

Although Takata didn’t issue a nationwide recall until 2014, auto manufacturers began recalling vehicles with Takata airbags in 2008, and reports show Takata was aware of the defect since the early 2000’s, just as automakers were beginning to install the new defective Takata airbags. Takata had even taken great lengths to hide data indicating that their use of ammonium nitrate created an explosive airbag inflator, including one known incident in 2001, where an engineer brought up concerns over manipulation of the data occurring at one of Takata’s plants in Georgia, executives simply ignored the engineers’ concerns and carried on with the production of the faulty mechanism.

Although Takata has now plead guilty to fraud, and admitted to concealing evidence that they knew their airbag inflators could be deadly, a judge opined that "While Takata's destruction 'would probably be a fair outcome', it wouldn't help victims get paid” and thus ordered Takata to pay a $1 billion-dollar penalty, a portion of which has been set aside for Takata Airbag Recall Lawsuits.

Takata may not be the only company liable

Takata may not be the only company liable for installing the defective and deadly airbags. Despite scientists warning Auto manufacturers early on about the serious safety risks that Takata’s airbag mechanism possessed, the auto makers continued to install the airbags in their vehicles. In fact, Honda had reportedly been involved in the development of the airbags between 1999 and 2000, and investigations regarding the extent to which auto manufacturers were involved is currently now underway.

Nevertheless, Takata and auto manufacturers continue to install ammonium nitrate based airbags in vehicles, claiming to have taken steps to protect these systems from becoming unstable. The Takata Corporation is the only airbag manufacturer to use the ammonium nitrate compound, and has sold defective airbags to more than 19 different auto manufacturers since 2001.

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 if your rights and remedies.

Is your car at risk?

About 42 million vehicles have been recalled nationwide due to the Takata airbag defect, and it is expected to increase to about 90 million by 2019, meaning there are still millions of cars out on the streets today with a faulty airbag mechanism. Additionally, any vehicle that contains Takata’s defective ammonium nitrate airbag mechanism has a serious safety risk in areas with high heat, like California.

Car brands affected by the defect include:

Acura • Audi • BMW • Cadillac • Chevrolet• Chrysler • Daimler Trucks North America (Sterling Bullet) • Daimler Vans USA LLC (Sprinter) • Dodge/Ram • Ferrari • Fisker • Ford • GMC • Honda • Infiniti • Jaguar • Jeep • Land Rover • Lexus • Lincoln • Mazda • McLaren • Mercedes-Benz • Mercury • Mitsubishi • Nissan • Pontiac • Saab• Saturn • Scion • Subaru • Tesla • Toyota • Volkswagen (VW)

If your vehicle is equipped with an airbag subject to recall, you may be entitled to financial compensation and should call one of our experienced Takata airbag attorneys immediately at 213-282-2000 to protect your rights. Even if you are unsure whether your vehicle is affected, give us a call or fill out our Takata Airbag Evaluation Form for a FREE, fast evaluation, and we’ll let you know what your rights and remedies are.

Why you need an attorney for The Takata Airbag Recall

Navigating the complex laws of the automobile industry; auto makers make billions of dollars each year which means they put up a big fight so you need a heavyweight fighter on your side

No firm is better prepared to handle the Takata Airbag recall more than ours. Takata, Automakers, and others unnamed have all either been aware, concealed, allowed, and/or stipulated to agreements to allow these unsafe and potentially deadly devices to be installed on vehicles. Pursuing a Takata Airbag Lawsuit properly, requires lawyers who fully understand warranty law (Lemon Law), Auto Fraud, and personal injury. The Takata Airbag Recall is the largest recall in U.S. History, and is unique in many ways. If you have a vehicle with a defective airbag, you need a firm that can fight for you to get you a resolution before it is too late!

There are thousands of car accidents that occur in California alone, and a functioning airbag is essential to your security and peace of mind. In sacrificing safety for revenue, Takata Corporation has deliberately violated consumer rights, and cases filed against them require the experience of litigation attorneys with a specialization in auto fraud.

We handle each case with the utmost care and attention, providing detailed reports and evidence organized by our in-house research and development department. Our firm understands the taxing, and often emotional, process of protecting consumer rights, and we will fight for you to ensure your rights.

Takata Air Bags are very dangerous, and have already caused several deaths! If you have received a Takata Airbag Recall, if your vehicle has Takata Airbags in it, or if you or a loved has been injured or killed by a defective Takata Airbag, then give us a call immediately at 213-282-2000, or fill out the FREE Online Case Review Form, and an experienced Takata Air Bag Lawsuit Attorney will help you understand what monetary compensation you may be entitled to.

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