Takata airbags were installed on tens of millions of vehicles in the United States and subject to recall because of a safety defect that may prompt their inflators to explode and lead to severe injuries or fatalities. In October 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that there have been 11 deaths as a result of the defective Takata airbags.
Instead of reducing the impact of a collision, Takata airbags have been known to release metal shrapnel into the bodies of drivers and front seat passengers. Police who have responded to Takata-related car accidents explain that Takata airbag victims appear to have been stabbed or shot.
11 Fatalities Thus Far Due to Takata Airbag Glitch
Vehicles in areas with high humidity are particularly prone to this flaw. As of September 2016, 11 individuals have passed away while more than 100 have suffered serious injuries because of the airbag defect.
The most recent Takata airbag fatality involved a 50-year-old woman who was traveling east of Los Angeles on September 30, 2016, when her vehicle crashed and the airbag failed to deploy properly. Although the woman’s 2001 Honda Civic was recalled in 2008, records prove that the recall repair was never addressed.
In June 2016, the 2001 Honda Civic was featured in a list of other older vehicles that drivers should stop driving because the risk of their flawed airbags was so high. The NHTSA disclosed that the majority of individuals who lost their lives as a result of the Takata glitch were driving Honda and Acura vehicles that were manufactured in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
The flawed Takata airbags have led to the greatest automotive recall to ever take place. One out of every 7 vehicles on United States roadways are involved in this recall. According to the NHTSA, millions of individuals continue to drive risky vehicles because there won’t be enough replacement airbags to make all of the required repairs until 2019. In addition, new vehicles are still being manufactured with the defective Takata airbags.
Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. for Aggressive Representation in Takata Airbag Cases
If you have been injured or lost a loved one because of the metal shrapnel that sprays when Takata airbags deploy in an accident, you need an aggressive Chicago car accident and product liability attorney at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. by your side. Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. has years of experience in product liability and recall cases and knows what it takes to fight against Takata and the automakers on your behalf.