May 24, 2017
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Once the Takata airbag recalls began, it shocked the auto industry and vehicle owners when they realized just how extensive the recall was and how many makes and models of vehicles were affected.
An inkling of the massive vehicle recalls to come was first published in The New York Times in 2014. The newspaper carried an eye-opening report hinting Takata knew about the airbag problem since 2004. However, nothing was done at that time, other than secret testing conducted by engineers.
Testing indicated major problems with the airbag inflators, but the only action taken was to order engineers to destroy any physical evidence and research data about the defective inflators. Nothing further was done: no research to find a fix, and no one notified federal safety regulators of the deadly issue.
This issue quickly became the reason for two U.S. senators to ask the Department of Justice to launch a criminal investigation into the matter. Takata insisted it only discovered the inflators were defective in 2008 — four years after The New York Times had alleged Takata had actually known about the problem in 2004.
More About Defective Inflators in 2004
Part of the Times article included information gathered from two former Takata workers who indicated the company was first alerted in 2004 when a driver in Alabama was killed by flying metal debris from an airbag. That event led to the examination and testing of 50 airbags of cars in junkyards. Engineers discovered cracked steel inflators that led to metal shrapnel being ejected into drivers and passengers when the bags deployed.
The inflator, a steel canister filled with chemicals, rapidly inflates an airbag in a collision. Structural weaknesses in the inflators can cause the steel casing to rupture upon airbag deployment, ejecting metal pieces at a driver and/or passengers.
While Takata allegedly conducted secret testing on defective inflators in 2004, they ultimately did nothing to fix the problem. It was not until November 2008 that the first recall was initiated. Nearly 8 million cars in the United States alone have now been recalled as a result of Takata defective airbags.
Do you own a vehicle with defective airbags? Have you been involved in an accident and been injured by metal shrapnel? You may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one.
We know the importance of having someone on your side, if you have been injured in an airbag accident. Our firm is family owned and those values associated with family are very important to our mission. We fight for you and handle your case as if you were family.
Find Out if Your Acura Vehicle is Subject to Recall for Defective Takata Airbags:
Find a full list of affected vehicles at NHTSA’s website
Potentially Affected Honda Vehicles, Including Acura
Honda: 5,051,364 total number of potentially affected vehicles
Chalik & Chalik Can Help You Understand Defective Product Lawsuits
You need to be aware of the statute of limitations for filing a defective product lawsuit, which is four years from the date of an injury. If you seek compensation from the manufacturer, you must act quickly to contact an experienced defective product attorney and discuss the compensation you deserve.
Product liability law is complicated. The Takata airbag must be proven to have been defective and the proximate cause of your accident. We explain all documents and forms needed, and advise you what types of damages you may be eligible to recover.
At Chalik & Chalik, we’ll do everything we can to help you recover fair damages. For a free case consultation, or to file a lawsuit, call us at 855-971-1662.
To prove liability, it is important to have industry experts who will testify that the airbag is defective. If you suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by a defective airbag, call us. We will perform an investigation and recover financial compensation to help you recover from your injury.
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