The Takata Corp airbag recall numbers continue to rise, as millions of
additional vehicles have been linked to the defective air bag inflators.
This month alone, General Motors has announced a recall for roughly 200,000
Saab and Saturn automobiles throughout Canada and the United States. The
recall requests replacement of Takata-manufactured side airbag inflators
PSDI-5 on the driver’s side of vehicles. Included in this recall
are 2003-2011 Saab 9-3, 2010-2011 Saab 9-5, and 2008-2009 Saturn Astra
U.S. automobile regulators also announced this month that there may be
an additional 70 to 90 million Takata air bag inflators recalled. This
is after Takata agreed last year to pay a penalty to the NHTSA in the
amount of $70 million. Along with this fine, the company agreed to cease
producing airbag inflators with ammonium nitrate within the next two years.
They are also supposed to declare defects in all inflators using this
ammonium nitrate by the year 2019.
As more and more lawsuits come to light regarding injuries and deaths resulting
from Takata airbag defects, we are bound to hear of stories such as the
one out of Florida recently. An engineer for Takata Corp. chose to plead
his 5th amendment right and declined to testify in a lawsuit involving
a victim who was paralyzed after a 2014 accident. The engineer is said
to have been involved in Takata airbag testing. This lawsuit, along with
many others, is based on evidence that Takata withheld testing data from
customers such as Honda and GM. This obviously led to the use of defective
airbags in automobiles unbeknownst to auto manufacturers.
The NHTSA’s expansion of Takata air bag inflator recalls is now up
to about 28 million vehicles. The recall is due to the possibility of
an inflator rupturing, which could cause fragments of metal to deploy.
Lawsuits claim that these metal fragments have caused serious injuries
and death. If you or someone you know were involved in an auto accident
in which the deploying airbags ruptured and caused injuries, you may have
a legal claim against Takata. For more information, call Jones & Swanson
at 770-427-5498 today.