We Handle All Sorts of Takata Airbag Injury Claims
If you or a loved one have suffered serious injury in a vehicle accident which involved a vehicle which has been recalled and you think believe that your injuries were because of a potentially defective airbag made by Takeda, you may well have many legal rights. Please contact Carabin Shaw and its attorneys for more information.
At least ten major motor vehicle manufacturers vehicles have been added to the series of vehicle recalls involve Takata-branded airbags. This brings number of vehicles subject to recall in the U. S. to over 8 million. With its investigators already on alert due to the unprecedented recalls issued by GM which began last year, the Federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued consumer advisories involving all vehicle potentially impacted and their owners on 22nd of, 2014.
The urgent advisory tells owners of effected vehicles in humid climate states like Texas and especially areas along the Texas Gulf Coast to take action at once because this defect might be related to vehicles which had prolonged exposure outside in hot, humid climates. Honda, for one, significantly expanded its recall on the 6th of November, 2014, inclusively to all high ambient humidity states where the vehicles subject to the recall were ever registered or sold. This included Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saipan, Guam, and American Samoa. However, right now, many entities are issuing calls for an immediate voluntary recall of all Takata airbag equipped vehicles.
Unfortunately, five fatalities have now been linked to potentially defective airbags manufactured by Takata airbags. The most recent is from Malaysia. There, a Honda vehicle driver died after her vehicle’s Takata airbag unfortunately exploded last July.Takata Airbags Have Generated the Largest Small Vehicle recall in American History
On 19th of May, 2015, Federal NHTSA Administrator in Chief Mark Rosekind and American Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx jointly announced that Takata Corp. had declared it had declared that about 33.8 million vehicles which had been built by at least 11 different manufacturers, were potentially defective. This almost doubled the extant American Takata recall number to about 17 million. NHTSA staffers have stated that this is the largest U.S. small vehicle recall in history. It is also possibly the biggest ever American recall of any consumer product. Rosekind and Foxx added that NHTSA has established its own in house testing program to check Takata products for possible defective airbag inflators. They stated that developing and installing safe replacements may take many years to accomplish. According to Administrator Rosekind and Secretary Foxx, this has become "the most complex consumer safety recall in U.S. history.”
On the 3rd of November, 2015 the Federal government fined Takata $70 million. There was, and still is, the possibility of additional penalties up to $130 million Takata does not follow the orders which have been issued by the Federal Government. The ruling includes Federal appointment of an officially independent monitor to check safety issues. This $200 million penalty fine could be the largest civil fine in American safety fine history. Takata has also been ordered to cease sales and production of the specific type of potentially defective airbag propellant.
If you have possibly been the victim of a defective Takata Airbad, you should call an attorney immediately. Our attorneys have over 20 years of claim experience getting people just like you the compensation they deserve. All of these cases are handled on a contingent fee basis. If we do not recover compensation for you, we do not get paid.