Takata Air Bags
Air bags have been in cars for decades to protect drivers and passengers from injuries during head-on, rear, and side collisions. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), front air bags alone have saved roughly 50,000 lives since 1987. We depend on airbags as the second most important safety feature in vehicles after seat belts. However, not all air bags are made with the necessary attention to detail that they demand, and that reflects in their poor quality and effectiveness. Malfunctioning airbags have killed thousands of occupants over the years, and left thousands more unprotected and injured because their air bag failed to deploy.
Largest Recall in U.S. History for Any Product
Air bag manufacturer Takata is currently wrapped up in a serious safety recall because millions of its airbags, a model used by 19 different automakers, are defective. According to the NHTSA, this is “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history,” as reported by Consumer Reports.
How Takata Air Bags Can Injure Occupants
The problem with Takata’s air bags is that the inflator, used to inflate the bag during a collision, may explode, causing severe injuries to the face and possibly death. These inflators have ejected metal shrapnel at explosive force during collisions when they were supposed to act only to fill a soft balloon to lessen the blow from another vehicle. Nearly 50 million Takata air bags are being recalled, with seemingly more being recalled every few months, due to defective inflators. Over 37 million vehicles were outfitted with these faulty, lethal Takata air bags.
What is Causing the Inflator to Explode?
The NHTSA found that Takata airbags that use ammonium nitrate-based propellants without the use of a chemical drying agent are to blame for the recent string of injuries and fatalities. Contributing factors to malfunctioning inflators include high temperature, moisture and age of the air bag. Unfortunately, many people with defective Takata air bags do not know of the danger they are currently being exposed to while riding in their vehicle. Due to replacement part scarcity, the NHTSA has only recalled those vehicles with the highest risk of faulty air bags, leaving millions of others in a potentially hazardous situation.
Damages You Can Recover With an Attorney
- Medical expenses;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of joy of life;
- Lost wages;
- Lost earning ability;
- Emotional or psychological harm;
- Permanent disfigurement or scarring; and
- Loss of consortium, loss of a financial provider, burial costs, and funeral costs (if death occurs)
Work with a Florida Air Bag Attorney to Reach a Beneficial Settlement or Win Your Lawsuit
Only by working with an attorney can you be assured that your damages are fully compensated. We encourage you to talk to an attorney before you discuss anything with an insurance company. Reason being, there is a high probability that you will be offered an amount that is preposterously low or that something you say to an adjuster will be taken out of context and used against you to impact your future claim. If you were injured by a Takata air bag, or a family member was killed, you have the opportunity to seek significant financial compensation by working with a Tampa Bay personal injury attorney from the Tison Law Group.