Isaacs & Isaacs Attorneys for Takata Airbag Recalls
If you or somebody you love has been injured or killed by an exploding Takata airbag, we are on call 24/7 to help file your lawsuit. Call our hotline at 800-800-8888 or fill out our online form to speak to an Isaacs & Isaacs personal injury lawyer without delay.
People are suffering serious, disabling and disfiguring injuries and some people are being killed by these defective airbags. We aren’t talking about a few million vehicles here. Takata supplies airbags to around one-in-five vehicles worldwide.
Takata has been accused of caring more about their bottom line than they care about the safety of their product. The irony is that airbags are supposed to help prevent serious injuries to motor vehicle occupants in a collision.
If you have not been injured by an exploding Takata airbag yet, we urge you to check the Takata recalls list on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall website. Tens of millions of vehicles have been recalled in the U.S. and around the world, and the list is growing.
If you or somebody you love has been injured by an exploding Takata airbag, you need to talk to an injury attorney with experience in Takata recalls as soon as possible. Isaacs & Isaacs attorneys for Takata airbag injuries are standing by to help you now. Call our hotline at 800-800-8888, or fill out our online form for a no-obligation consultation and claim evaluation with an Isaacs & Isaacs Takata airbag recalls attorney now.
How Do Takata Airbags Cause Injury and Death?
Takata, a Japanese company that manufactures airbags for cars, switched from using a tetrazole-based propellant to an ammonium nitrate propellant prior to 2001. The propellant releases gas from a metal canister that causes the airbag to inflate in a car accident. Ammonium nitrate is much cheaper than the tetrazole-based propellant, but it is also an unstable explosive.
After switching to the cheaper propellant, the metal canisters in the airbags started to explode.The airbags explode during minor collisions that normally would not cause serious injuries. When the canisters explode, the shrapnel from the explosion travels rapidly through the car, injuring and sometimes killing occupants of the vehicle.
There weren’t many reports of explosions at first but because the cheap propellant breaks down over time, as time passed the accidents began to snowball and so did the injuries and deaths these accidents caused.
If you would like to know whether your car is listed among the Takata recall vehicles, the recommended action is to enter your vehicle identification number into the NHTSA website. The list is growing rapidly as auto manufacturers learn which of their cars contain the potentially lethal airbags.
Takata Airbag Deaths Are Increasing in Number
On March 30, 2016, the latest victim, a 17-year-old high school student, died in a minor car accident in Texas after her Takata airbag exploded upon impact and sent shrapnel into her neck. The victim was driving a 2002 Honda Civic. However, reports state the girl received multiple recall notices but did not respond to them.
Takata and Honda have been settling with victims secretly to try to control information leaks to the public and to government safety regulators. Because of this, many more Takata airbag deaths and injuries have occurred over the years since 2004, and the Takata airbag has led to the biggest automobile recall in history.
To date,10 deaths have been reported in the United States and four in other countries for a total of 14 Takata airbag deaths worldwide. Some drivers have been killed by shrapnel from the canisters that sliced the neck and caused victims to bleed out.
One woman is reported to have bled to death in front of her children. Shrapnel has lodged in the eyes, faces, necks, arms, the torso and upper body—really anywhere you would expect shrapnel to lodge after an explosion of this type. The explosions can and have caused a variety of serious injuries, including blindness and disfigurement.
The Takata Recalls List is Expanded Constantly to Include More Cars
Takata and Honda have allegedly known about the danger of the airbags since 2004 when the first reported rupture and injury occurred. Other auto manufacturers didn’t know until recently, and because of this, the recall list is growing rapidly as manufacturers investigate which of their cars have the malfunctioning airbags.
The Takata recalls list includes tens of millions of vehicles from 31 manufacturers. The list is constantly growing, so your best option is to check your vehicle identification number with the NHTSA website frequently.The NHTSA states that their list of the makes and models is constantly growing, so the only way you can be assured that your vehicle hasn’t been recalled yet is to enter your VIN into their website frequently.
What Kinds of Personal Injury Claims are Victims Filing?
- Victims who survived the explosions have sought to recover compensation for the following damages:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The above list is by no means all-inclusive.
According to Car & Driver, approximately 41 million cars have been recalled as of August 5, 2016. Because the huge number of recalls is snowballing, people are waiting increasing lengths of time for their vehicles to be repaired. This can cause financial damages for those who have no choice but to rent a car in order to get to work and back and perform other responsibilities.
Claims are being filed to recover compensation for the financial damages caused by the recall backlog, as well as the claims filed for injury and wrongful death due to the malfunctioning airbags.
Contact Isaacs & Isaacs Takata Airbag Recalls Attorneys Immediately
If you or your loved one was injured by an exploding airbag, you can call to speak to an Isaacs & Isaacs attorney about your case anytime, day or night. We are on-call to assist you in your legal emergency. If you wait to seek legal help, important physical evidence could be lost, destroyed or altered. Witnesses could forget what they saw. There is a legal time limit for filing a personal injury case called a statute of limitations. If you allow the time limit to expire, you will almost certainly be barred from taking any legal action to recover compensation for the damages you have suffered.
Call Isaacs & Isaacs at 800-800-8888, or fill out our online form for help now.