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Only a Fraction of Takata Airbags Have Been Repaired

by Jared Staver in Auto Accidents, Product Liability

The last several years have seen many automotive product recalls. But, unfortunately, many of the dangerous parts are still out there in the cars of unsuspecting people. Takata airbags have exploded on vehicle occupants causing devastating injuries and death in many cases, and it is believed that over 30 million cars have had these dangerous airbags installed.

A defective Takata airbag could explode and kill you even if the accident that triggers its inflation is not serious enough to cause severe injury. Do not hesitate to seek answers to whether your car has a defective airbag, and do not wait to contact your lawyer if you or a loved one has been hurt by Takata airbags.

Our attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. have years of experience helping those who have been hurt in a car accident. Our clients have been injured by many defective products, and we know how to investigate your injuries and seek compensation from the responsible party. To speak with an experienced Chicago product liability lawyer about your case, call our office today at (312) 236-2900 for a free consult.

The Extent of the Takata Recalls

Recalls of Takata airbags began in 2013 after the company announced that it had determined that a certain number of its products were defective. After further reviews, it has been found that defective airbags were used in cars manufactured between 2002 and 2015.

Takata inflators that push air into an airbag in a fraction of a second have exploded resulting in metal shards being shot toward the person who the airbag is meant to protect. While it is believed that these explosions are more likely to occur on hot days, industry experts admit to still being uncertain of the exact cause of these explosions.

To make matters worse, Takata recently acknowledged that they do not know exactly which cars have had their defective inflator devices installed. Car manufacturers who have been affected by these bad inflators are known to include:

  • Acura
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • Ford
  • GMC
  • Honda
  • Infiniti
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
  • Land Rover
  • Lexus
  • Lincoln
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mercury
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Pontiac
  • Saab
  • Saturn
  • Scion
  • Subaru
  • Tesla
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen

How to Protect Yourself from a Defective Takata Airbag

There remain tens of millions of defective Takata airbags installed in cars on the road today. If you have received a recall notice, it’s important to follow through with its directions on how to replace the defective parts in a timely manner. Additionally, you can look up your vehicle’s identification number (VIN) with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) by using their look up tool online to instantly discover if your vehicle has been recalled. If so, contact a local dealer of the manufacturer of your car and schedule a free replacement.

Unfortunately, it is possible that your car has a defective airbag, but it has not been recalled. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident involving an airbag, you will need a skilled and understanding lawyer to investigate the cause of your injury, and determine who must pay you compensation as you seek to recover. As lawyers, we will prove whose negligence caused your injuries by studying evidence such as:

  • Your medical records
  • Police reports
  • Testimony of witnesses and accident first responders
  • Accident reconstructions
  • Detailed car part analysis to find defective parts
  • Car manufacturer records and studies involving your car’s specific model

A Chicago Product Liability Lawyer Can Help You

Most of the defective Takata airbags that can seriously injure or kill you still remain on the road today. If you have been in an accident, you may be seriously injured by an airbag that was supposed to protect you. Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. understands how to seek compensation for those hurt by defective products. We have the experience needed to investigate your case, negotiate with the insurance companies and lawyers involved, and get you the financial recovery that you deserve.

Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. as soon as possible to speak with a skilled accident lawyer about your case today. Contact us today at (312) 236-2900 for a free consultation.