Airbags that have been made by Japan-based Takata Corp., one of the world’s largest airbag suppliers, have been rupturing or exploding with excessive force and shooting metal fragments and shrapnel throughout a vehicle when deployed at the time of an accident. So far there have been 8 deaths and hundreds of injuries.
The issue has been a combination of poor quality control, improper chemicals used to inflate the bags and exposure to high heat and humidity. The common reported injuries are burns, blindness, lacerations, permanent scarring and severe bleeding. It has been reported that Takata has known about the airbag issues since 2004, but failed to notify anyone.
The car accident lawyers at our firm must be able to investigate all of the factors at caused your injuries as the result of an auto accident. While those injuries are almost always the result of the impact from the at fault vehicle, there are at times other factors that caused your injuries. As detailed in this article, air bag deployment can also cause serious personal injuries at our car accident attorneys are experienced in these types of cases. And the news concerning Takata Corp is troubling.
Over 34 million vehicles have been recalled in the United States alone and that number keeps growing. An additional 7 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide. The recalled vehicles with Takata made airbags have been: BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. The recall only applies to certain driver and passenger airbags.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently contacted seven automakers that aren’t currently included in the Takata recalls but which have used Takata-supplied airbags containing the suspect ammonium-nitrate propellant. The companies are Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Suzuki, Tesla, Volkswagen, Volvo (trucks), as well as specialty manufacturer Spartan Motors. Consumers should go to safecar.gov and enter in their vehicle’s vin number to see if the vehicle has been recalled.
Chicagoans feel safer these days in their cars and it is in large part to the advances that have been made in care safety features. Front and side impact air bags are just some of these features that make cars safer for us and our loved ones. To learn that these safety features have issues or deficiencies is troubling. Sometimes all the features in the world cannot save us from the injuries caused by a high speed car accident, but to learn that our injuries should have been less severe because a safety feature in our car didn’t work properly is not right.
If you or someone you know was injured as a result of an improper air bag rupture, call our office immediately for a FREE CONSULTATION. We can explain your rights and help you ascertain whether you have available recovery options that can be explored. Our phone number is (312) 422-0500 and it is FREE to call and speak directly with one of our experiences attorneys.