Japanese manufacturer Takata recently pled guilty to knowingly selling millions of defective airbags to automakers prior to issuing a global recall in 2015. Now, the company has agreed to pay $125 million to consumers injured by its defective airbags.
Takata will pay $125 million to consumers injured by its defective airbags.
Car Models Affected By the Takata Airbag Recall:
Faulty Takata airbags are installed in 42 million cars across the U.S. To date, they have caused at least 11 deaths and 184 injuries. The Takata airbag recall is the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history, affecting 19 different car models manufactured since 2000. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it will take until at least September of 2020 to replace the nearly 70 million Takata airbags currently found in U.S. vehicles.
According to the NHTSA, Takata is the only airbag manufacturer that uses ammonium nitrate for propellant. Here’s how that works: Metal cartridges called inflators contain a chemical that rapidly deploys your vehicle’s airbags less than a second after impact. Without adding a chemical drying agent to ensure stability, high temperatures and humid climates make ammonium nitrate-based propellant more volatile over time. This volatility can cause Takata airbags to deploy with explosive force, shooting metal shrapnel from the inflator into the car and its passengers.
Reported Takata airbag injuries include:
If you or a loved one experienced a defective Takata airbag injury, an attorney can determine if you may qualify for financial compensation from the manufacturer. To see if you may be eligible for legal representation on a contingency basis, get your free, no-obligation claim review today. Once you’ve submitted your information, an attorney in your area will call you to discuss your case.
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