Takata is recalling 10 million replacement airbag inflators in the United States, which is the largest ever auto safety recall in the nation’s history. According to a Reuters news report, officials are looking into making the recall even wider. The 10-million inflator recall covers parts that were a temporary fix and includes some inflators that were never installed. Several automakers have already initiated additional recalls to replace the recalled inflator with an alternative final part.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is independently evaluating whether to force the recall of tens of millions of additional Takata airbag inflators that have a drying agent. It is also reviewing petitions from General Motors to avoid recalling more than 6 million vehicles that are equipped with Takata airbag inflators.
Before this week’s recall announcement, 41.6 million vehicles equipped with 56 million defective Takata airbags have been recalled because the inflators can explode violently when the airbags deploy causing shrapnel to be discharged into the vehicle compartment. So far, at least 25 deaths and 290 injuries linked to these inflators, have been reported worldwide. The Takata recalls cover about 100 million inflators spread over 19 major automakers worldwide.
NHTSA has narrowed down the cause of the inflator explosions to the propellant in the devices that could deteriorate after long-term exposure to high temperatures and humidity. The vehicle inflators recalled to date don’t have a drying agent. NHTSA officials said if they detect a safety problem, they will move quickly on additional recalls.
Auto Product Liability Issues
Our auto defect attorneys have been involved in a number of Takata airbag lawsuits. We understand the absolute devastation injuries from these defective products can cause. As noted earlier, these faulty airbag inflators, have caused injuries and fatalities all over the world, and continue to do so, because millions of vehicles equipped with these defective parts are still on our roadways.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective Takata airbag, you may be able to seek compensation for the injuries, damages and losses you have suffered. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced auto defect lawyer can help you better understand your legal rights and options.