Do You Have an Airbag Defect Claim? Discuss Your Rights with a Takata Airbag Attorney for Free
Takata is an airbag manufacturer that supplies airbags to most of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers. From U.S. makes like Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford to foreign makes like BMW, Honda, Nissan and Toyota, tens of millions of recently-manufactured vehicles have Takata airbags—and are currently subject to recalls due to Takata airbag defects. Click here to see the full list.
Due to the extraordinary number of vehicles subject to airbag recalls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is managing a program that provides priority to certain vehicle owners. For example, the NHTSA states that “ long-term exposure to combined high heat and humidity creates the risk that a Takata air bag will explode,” so owners in southern states are receiving priority in some cases. Nationwide, many people are waiting years to get their airbags replaced. As a result, many people are still driving around with defective Takata airbags; and, as a result, many people are also finding themselves in need of a Takata airbag attorney.
Vehicles Affected By the Takata Airbag Defect Recall
Millions of vehicle models are currently subject to the Takata airbag defect recall. The list includes models manufactured between 1999 and 2017. While the NHTSA has not issued a “do not drive” order for most vehicles subject to the recall, the NHTSA and vehicle manufacturers are recommending that people avoid driving certain particularly high-risk models. These include models with “alpha” airbags, which present an “extreme” risk according to Consumer Reports.
The vehicles that the NHTSA and manufacturers are recommending that owners avoid driving include (but may not be limited to):
- 1999 BMW 323i and 328i
- 2000-2006 BMW 3 Series, 5 Series and X5
- 2001 to 2003 Acura CL and TL
- 2001 to 2003 Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V, Odyssey and Pilot
- 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks
- 2006 Ford Ranger
- 2006 Mazda B-Series pickup trucks
Again, these are just the vehicles that are subject to a “do not drive” order or recommendation. There are hundreds more models that contain defective Takata airbags and are subject to the ongoing recall. These airbags can present significant safety risks, and they have already caused hundreds of injuries and fatalities.
Do You Need a Takata Airbag Attorney?
If you’ve been injured by a defective Takata airbag (or if you have lost a loved one in a fatal defective airbag accident), you may be entitled to significant financial compensation from Takata or your vehicle’s manufacturer. Companies have a legal duty to sell products that are safe for their intended use, and they can be held liable when they fail to do so. Takata’s defective airbags are not safe for their intended use. Many people have suffered serious injuries due to airbag explosions, and tragically some Takata airbag explosions have been fatal.
What’s wrong with Takata’s airbags? As Consumer Reports explains:
“NHTSA has determined the root cause of the problem: airbags that use ammonium-nitrate-based propellant without a chemical drying age. . . [E]nvironmental moisture, high temperatures, and age . . . can improperly inflate the airbags and even send shrapnel into the occupant.”
The issues with Takata’s defective airbags create two risks. First, the airbags can explode without warning and without a triggering collision. Second, when the airbags explode (whether in a collision or otherwise), the force of the explosion can send shards of metal from the airbag and other vehicle components flying toward the driver or passengers. These risks are causing severe injuries in many cases, and they are leaving many people in need of a Takata airbag attorney. Defective Takata airbags have been installed in steering wheels, dashboards, doors, roofs and other areas of affected vehicles, and this means that all vehicle occupants can potentially be at risk.
How Can a Takata Airbag Attorney Help?
For individuals and families affected by Takata airbag defects, recovering financial compensation starts with hiring a Takata airbag attorney. When you hire an attorney to represent you, your attorney will gather all of the evidence needed to pursue a claim against Takata or your vehicle’s manufacturer. Your attorney will also:
- Explain everything you need to know about filing a defective Takata airbag claim;
- Calculate the financial compensation you and your family are entitled to recover;
- File your claim and deal with Takata, your vehicle’s manufacturer and/or the insurance companies for you;
- Keep you updated and informed, and discuss any settlement offers with you in confidence; and,
- Take your claim to court if you do not receive a fair settlement offer for your injuries or your loved one’s death.
To give yourself the best chance of recovering the financial compensation you deserve, you can schedule a free initial consultation with a Takata airbag attorney as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the longer the process will take, and the more difficult it may become to recover your (or your family’s) losses. We can get to work on your claim immediately, and we can use our experience to fight for maximum compensation on your behalf.
Airbag injury lawyer, David P. Willis is a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer since 1988 and has been representing injured clients against product makers and the automobile manufacturers for 40+ years. He understands the devastating consequences of suffering disfiguring injuries or losing a loved one, and he is passionate about holding manufacturers accountable. Mr. Willis and his team of attorneys will handle your case personally, and he will fight relentlessly to win your case.
If you have been injured in an accident or tragically lost a loved one in an accident involving a vehicle with a defective Takata airbag, your next step is to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We do not charge any costs or fees out of pocket, and you pay nothing at all unless we help you recover just compensation.
Schedule a Free, No-Obligation Consultation About Your Defective Takata Airbag Claim
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