Why Did Takata Airbags Explode?

Numerous automakers installed Takata airbags in their vehicles between 2002 and 2015. The airbag inflator, a small cartridge, was defectively designed and could explode. The explosion would send shrapnel into the vehicle, where it caused lacerations and more severe injuries.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found the product lacked a chemical drying agent. The inflator could explode due to moisture, high temperatures, and age.

Takata Airbag Recalls

People have reported more than 400 injuries in the U.S. and 27 deaths worldwide due to Takata airbag explosions. The most recent death in the U.S. occurred in January 2021.

Takata airbag recalls impacted:

  • BMW
  • Chrysler (Dodge, Jeep)
  • Ferrari
  • Ford (Lincoln, Mercury)
  • General Motors (Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn)
  • Honda (Acura)
  • Jaguar/Land Rover
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan (Infiniti)
  • Subaru
  • Tesla
  • Toyota (Lexus, Scion)
  • Volkswagen/Audi

Recalls began in 2014 and are still happening. The recalls include 67 million airbags and 42 million vehicles in the nation. The specific list of recalled vehicles is lengthy, and worried vehicle owners should check for recalls with the NHTSA at safercar.gov.

Settlements with Airbag Manufacturer Takata

Numerous class-action lawsuits are pending against automakers for these defective airbags, some of which have reached settlement agreements. There’s also a fund established to compensate injured consumers.

Atlee Hall’s Pennsylvania Takata airbag recall lawyers have worked with many individuals suffering from defective auto products. We work with well-established and respected experts in the field who can connect your airbag-related injuries to Takata’s defective product.

We’re here to hold automakers and auto part manufacturers responsible for the harm they cause. We believe by fighting for Takata airbag injury victims; we’re making vehicles safer for everyone.

Do You Have a Takata Airbag Case?

If an exploding airbag caused you harm or killed a loved one, contact our Takata lawyers immediately. We will look into whether your vehicle was under a specific recall or a stop-driving order. If we find your vehicle had a defective Takata airbag, we will guide you through the legal claim process.

Call Our Takata Recall Attorneys for Help

If Takata airbags hurt you or someone you love, we will have a highly respected expert assess your claim. We have worked with victims injured by dangerous auto products for several decades and know what it takes to build a successful case.

Call Atlee Hall today at (717) 393-9596 or use our online contact form to reach out for a free consultation.