In the event of a serious car accident, your vehicle’s airbags are designed to inflate in a fraction of a second and provide life-saving cushioning against deadly impacts. But what happens when these devices that are meant to save your live are manufactured with a potentially fatal flaw? This is exactly what has happened in the case of Takata Corporation, a Japanese auto parts manufacturer that is currently at the center of the largest auto recall in history.
The company’s airbags, which have been known to rupture and shoot sharp metal fragments at a vehicle’s occupants in the event of a crash, have been associated to at least a dozen fatalities and nearly 150 injuries worldwide. As a result, more than 24 million vehicles containing roughly 28 million potentially lethal airbag inflators have been recalled in the United States, with more and more vehicles continuing to be added to the list. The full list of affected vehicles can be found here.
The recall has affected more than 20 different brands, including:
What Is the Cause of the Defect?
The cause of the defect is believed to be related to an issue with the chemical compound that was used in the affected airbag inflators. When exposed to moisture, heat, and humidity, the airbags can deploy at a much higher force, sending metal fragments throughout the vehicle’s cabin. Investigators have shown that the conditions of Takata’s assembly line may allow moisture to seep into the airbags. The company has since been ordered to discontinue production of the inflators and has phased out the use of the problematic ammonium nitrate propellant.
If you have been injured by an affected Takata airbag, contact the knowledgeable Corpus Christi personal injury lawyers at Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Having recovered millions on behalf of past injured clients, we can provide the powerful advocacy you need to ensure your rights are protected.
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