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Airbag Explosion Lawsuit

Airbag Explosion Lawsuit

Lawsuits continue to be filed by people who were injured or killed by exploding Takata airbags that spew deadly pieces of metal shrapnel when they inflate.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting airbag explosion induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured or died from a defective Takata airbag explosion, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: Takata Recalls 10 Million Replacement Airbags in U.S. — Is This the End?

January 2020 — Takata is recalling 10 million replacement airbag inflators in the U.S. because they can explode. Like the originals, the replacement inflators contain an explosive chemical called ammonium nitrate.

The replacement airbags were supplied in the early phases of Takata’s worldwide recall before a permanent solution was developed.

The recall of the replacement airbags is the final recall that Takata agreed to issue in a settlement with U.S. safety regulators in 2015, and may mark the end of the biggest auto-safety recall in history. Takata filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. and Japan in 2018.

Airbag Explosion Lawsuits Are Still Being Filed

In December 2019, Jocelyn H. of California filed a lawsuit against Takata and Honda after the airbags in her 2005 Honda Accord exploded in 2017. She suffered numerous severe injuries, including injuries to the neck, chest, shoulder, and a traumatic brain injury.

If You Were Injured By A Malfunctioning Takata Airbag, You May Still Be Eligible For Compensation

Honda is working with lawyers to handle lawsuits through a compensation fund for injuries and deaths related to Takata airbags.

How Many People Have Been Injured?

At least 25 deaths and 290 injuries worldwide have been blamed on Takata’s exploding airbag inflators. Takata has recalled around 100 million inflators worldwide involving 19 different auto manufacturers.

Takata Used Bomb-Making Chemical in Airbags

Takata airbag inflators can explode their metal canister and shoot off deadly shrapnel. The problem is that Takata used ammonium nitrate — a cheap fertilizer and highly-flammable chemical found in bombs — to create a small explosion that would rapidly inflate an airbag.

Unfortunately, Takata did not mix the ammonium nitrate with another chemical to keep it dry and stabilized. Over time, ammonium nitrate breaks down when it is exposed to high heat and humidity and becomes even more dangerous. It can burn too fast and blow apart its metal canister, spewing deadly metal shrapnel into passengers.

Was My Airbag Recalled?

To check if your vehicle has been recalled, you can visit the NHTSA airbag recall website and type in your 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN).

List of Highest-Risk Vehicles with Takata Airbags

Owners of the following vehicles with “Alpha” airbags need to get them fixed immediately because they are 50% more likely to explode, according to the NHTSA.

Do not drive these vehicles with Takata airbags unless you are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately:

  • 2006 Mazda B-Series (Mazda Advises Do Not Drive)
  • 2006 Ford Ranger (Ford Advises Do Not Drive)
  • 2001-2002 Honda Civic
  • 2001-2002 Honda Accord
  • 2002-2003 Acura TL
  • 2002 Honda CR-V
  • 2002 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003 Acura CL
  • 2003 Honda Pilot

Takata Lawsuits

Takata is facing a massive number of lawsuits involving people who were injured or died when their airbags exploded. These lawsuits claim that Takata knew about the exploding airbags for over a decade, but failed to issue recalls or notify federal safety officials.

Takata Knew About Airbag Explosion Risk in 2001

The problem was apparently discovered in 2001, when Takata issued a small recall of Isuzu vehicles. Unfortunately, manufacturing issues were not resolved. In 2004, a man in Alabama was severely injured by metal shrapnel from an exploding airbag in an Accord.

Honda and Takata called the Alabama incident “an anomaly.” However, in 2014 the New York Times reported that Takata employees said they were instructed to conduct secret tests on 50 airbags — two of which failed — and then delete all evidence.

U.S. federal safety officials did not learn of the problem until November 2008, when Honda recalled a few thousand Accords and Civics. Six months later, a woman driving a non-recalled Civic nearly died from metal shrapnel in an exploding airbag. One month after that, an 18 year-old girl driving a 2001 Honda Accord died after the airbag exploded.

Do I have an Airbag Explosion Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting airbag explosion induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured or died from a defective Takata airbag explosion, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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