The auto defect law firm of d’Oliveira & Associates has released an infographicabout the dangers of faulty Takata airbags that can explode and cause severe injuries or even fatalities. Our infographic provides consumers with information regarding these dangerous and defective airbag inflators that have been linked to at least six deaths and many other injuries. Our Takata defects infographic aims to quickly and comprehensively inform consumers about the hazards presented by Takata airbags and what affected consumers can do to protect their legal rights and options.
What’s the Danger?
Takata Corporation, a Japanese manufacturer is one of the largest suppliers of airbags in the world. The company supplies airbags and related components to a number of automakers in the United States and other countries. Over the last decade or so, there have been reports that people have been severely injured or killed due to these airbags exploding with such tremendous force and releasing metal or plastic shrapnel.
Takata is the only airbag manufacturer that uses ammonium nitrate, which is an explosive chemical. The ammonium nitrate is used in a metal canister that inflates the airbag. This chemical has been linked to these potentially deadly explosions. The most common injuries caused by these exploding Takata airbags include lacerations, burns, blindness, severe bleeding, permanent scarring and death.
Millions of Vehicles Recalled
Automakers are issuing recalls linked to defective Takata airbags on a weekly basis. The recalls continue. At this time more than 18 million vehicles have been recalled globally, including at least 10 million in the United States. Almost all automakers are involved including Honda, Toyota, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. Documents that have surfaced show Takata knew about these defective airbag inflators nearly a decade ago, but did nothing to fix them or make them safer.
Also, automakers initially refused to recall vehicles in all states saying that the problem occurs only in states with high humidity. But given the gravity and danger of the situation, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been pushing auto manufacturers to recall vehicles in all states that have been equipped with these faulty airbags.
Compensation for Victims and Families
There are still millions of vehicles on our roadways that have been equipped with these airbags. Takata has been extremely slow to come up with a fix and replace the airbags. As a result many consumers are still in danger of suffering deadly injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured by a Takata airbag, please contact an experienced auto product liability attorney at d’Oliveira & Associates to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights. Automakers and manufacturers of automotive components have a legal obligation to make products that are safe for consumers. You may be eligible to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Please call us toll free at 1-800-992-6878 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.