Takata, the automotive parts company at the center of the largest auto recall in history, is recalling 1.4 million vehicles equipped with potentially defective Takata airbags. According to multiple reports, the Japanese-based company informed the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the potential defect after an Australian man was killed and two people in Cyprus were injured in accidents linked to the airbags.
If you have been injured or if your loved one has been killed as a result of an accident involving a defective Takata airbag, contact Attorney Group today. Those affected and their families may be able to pursue a claim and recover compensation with the help of a defective airbag attorney.
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Moisture Absorption May Cause Defective Takata Airbags to Explode
For over a decade, Takata airbag recalls have involved a defect with the airbags’ inflators, which would explode after long-term exposure to heat and humidity. As a result, over twenty people have been killed and hundreds more have been injured by potentially defective Takata airbags worldwide. Vehicles affected by the most recent recall in December 2019 contain a different type of inflator that can potentially absorb moisture and either explode or underinflate during deployment.
The latest recall affects over one million vehicles sold to BMW, Audi, Toyota, Honda, and Mitsubishi globally. At this time, BMW has issued three separate recalls for a total of 116,000 vehicles equipped with Takata airbags in the United States. According to the NHTSA, approximately 41.6 million vehicles are under recall for defective Takata airbag inflators, and approximately 56 million defective Takata airbag inflators have been recalled.
How Can an Attorney Help?
In early 2017, Takata Corporation agreed to pay a fine as part of a $1 billion settlement, including millions of dollars to a victim compensation fund. Despite this, drivers or passengers who are injured by a defective Takata airbag may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries.
Compensation may include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Likewise, the families of those killed may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
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