Takata Airbag Recall Rises
The Takata airbag recall is still on the rise as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration instructs Takata to order another recall. The airbag recalls by Takata Corporation, a Japan based automotive parts company, is the biggest automotive recall in history in the United States. Takata has just recently added an additional 2.7 million airbags to their recall list. This additional recall increased the U.S. figure to nearly 70 million airbags and the worldwide count to over 100 million.
Vehicles Affected by Takata Recall
The vehicles which are affected in this additional recall are vehicles made by Ford, Nissan and Mazda. The defective inflators were installed in these U.S. manufactured vehicles from 2005 through 2012. Of these three motor companies, Ford is facing the greatest impact with nearly 2.2 million vehicles being covered. Approximately 6,000 Mazda trucks are affected and over 600,000 Nissan vehicles are included. The exact numbers of vehicles which have already been covered by Takata have not been stated although less than one-third of the 70 million faulty airbags in the U.S. have been repaired. For a complete list of affected makes, models and years visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Association for an updated list. You can also look your vehicle up by VIN Number here.
Faulty Airbag Inflators
According to Takata, new testing showed that airbag inflators which rely on calcium sulfate to keep them dry could rupture with excessive force, similar to other versions, and send metal shrapnel into the face and body of the driver and passengers. Takata airbag inflators have been linked to approximately 17 fatalities worldwide and nearly 180 injuries.
Defective Takata airbags can deploy with such violent and aggressive force that motorists and occupants can suffer from severe injuries or even death. Some personal injuries may include:
· Concussion or brain injuries
· Compound Fractures and broken bones
· Neck injuries
· Facial injuries
· Rib injuries
· Spinal injuries
· Sternum (Breastbone) injuries
· Clavicle (Collarbone) injuries
Protect Your Rights
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident which involves the deployment of a faulty Takata airbag, seeking legal advice from an attorney experienced in personal injury can help to protect your rights. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz have over 5 decades of experience with personal injury cases. We have six offices located in Southwest Florida. Our offices are
conveniently located in Fort Myers (two offices to serve you), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh, and Port Charlotte. Call us today to set up your appointment for a free consultation. Justice Starts Now.