BMW Takata Airbag Recalls

In 2014, The New York Times reported that Takata had been aware of their defective airbags since 2004. The airbags have caused a number of deaths and injuries due to the metal shrapnel that is ejected upon the inflation of the airbags.

If Takata had revealed the issues they were having with their defective airbags in 2004, it could have saved many lives. Rather than admit there was an issue and look for a way to fix it, Takata suggested that the contents of the 2004 report revealed by The New York Times was flawed and inaccurate and cast aspersions on Takata and its workers. Takata insisted the testing they carried out in 2004 was at the behest of the National Highway Transportation Safety Association to deal with a cushion-tearing issue not related to cracked or ruptured airbag inflators.

The finger pointing continued with Takata suggesting the allegations were not true and the two sources for the information in the first report saying the company was attempting to switch things around. About the time of the November 2014 Takata article, it was revealed that there was a change in the chemical composition of Takata’s airbag propellant, a change the corporation said was not related to the recall(s).

More Accidents Kept Happening Involving Takata Airbags Nationwide

In November 2014, a 2007 Ford Mustang driver in North Carolina was the victim of an airbag failure. North Carolina was not on the list of the original vehicle recall for areas of high-humidity such as: Hawaii, U.S. Virgin Islands, Louisiana, Texas, Florida, California, Washington, New York and Oregon. The NHTSA called for a nationwide recall of cars with defective airbags.

The exact number of deaths and injuries as a result of defective Takata airbags is not known. Some peg that number at 160 injuries and rising as not all vehicles involved in the massive recall have been serviced.

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BMW Takata Airbag Recalls — Approximately 1,605,000

Model Model Years Approx. Vol. Production Dates

  • 1 Series Coupe (incl. 1M) 2008 – 2013 32,620 Nov 2007 – Oct 2013

  • 1 Series Convertible 2008 – 2013 28,160 Nov 2007 – Oct 2013

  • 3 Series Sedan (incl. M3) 2006 – 2011 132,845 Feb 2005 – Dec 2011
  • 335d Sedan 2009 – 2011 4,160 Mar 2008 – Aug 2011

  • 3 Series Sports Wagon 2006 – 2012 3,270 Jun 2005 – May 2012

  • 3 Series Coupe (incl. M3) 2007 – 2013 129,515 Apr 2006 – Jun 2013

  • 3 Series Convertible (incl. M3) 2007 – 2013 99,810 Nov 2006 – Oct 2013
  • X1 SAV 2013 – 2015 57,290 Feb 2012 – Sep 2014
X3 SAV 2007 – 2010 64,925 Aug 2006 – Aug 2010
  • X5 SAV (incl. X5 M) 2007 – 2013 214,580 Sep 2006 – Jun 2013
  • X5 xDrive35d SAV 2009 – 2013 35,440 Mar 2008 – Jun 2013

  • X6 SAV (incl. X6 M) 2008 – 2014 37,000 Jul 2007 – Jun 2014

  • X6 SAV ActiveHybrid 2010 – 2011 365 Mar 2009 – Sep 2011

A Partial List of Known Deaths Relating to Defective Takata Airbags:

  • November 1, 2003: Charlene Weaver, Arizona/2004 Subaru Impreza /Fatal — Weaver was a passenger killed in an alleged Takata airbag accident. The vehicle in question was not recalled until July 2014.
  • April 27, 2009: Jennifer Griffin, Orlando, Florida/2001 Honda Civic/Injury — Griffin’s airbag exploded sending a two-inch piece of metal into her throat. She survived the puncture wound.
  • May 27, 2009: Ashley Parham, Midwest City, Oklahoma/2001 Honda Accord/Fatal — Parham’s vehicle hit another at a low speed, triggering the Takata airbag. It exploded, ejecting metal through her carotid artery, causing her to bleed to death in the car.
  • May 27, 2009: Gurjit Rathore, Richmond, Virginia/2001 Honda Accord/Fatal — Rathore died when the airbag in her vehicle exploded, sending shrapnel through her neck.
  • April 2, 2010: Kristy Williams/Atlanta, Georgia/2001 Honda Civic/Injury — Williams was involved in an accident that deployed the Takata airbag. Her carotid artery was cut by metal from a defective Takata airbag. She survived her injury.
  • September 3, 2013: Hai Ming Xu, Alhambra, California/2002 Acura TL/Fatal — Xu died after sustaining facial trauma from an object inside a Takata airbag.
  • March 14, 2014: Susan Cosgrove, Fremont, California/2013 Chevy Cruze/Fatal — Cosgrove was involved in a low speed accident. Her airbag deployed, killing her. The Takata recall notice affecting her car was delivered to her home after her death.
  • July 2014: Law Suk Leh/Borneo/2003 Honda City/Fatal — Leh died as a result of a severe puncture wound to the neck as a result of metal shrapnel ejected from the Takata airbag. She was due to give birth one week after her death.
  • September 29, 2014: Hien Thi Tran, Orlando, Florida/2001 Honda Accord/Fatal — Tran was killed when her Takata airbag deployed during a low speed collision. Police thought she had been stabbed due to the severity of her neck wounds. The wounds were caused by metal from the airbag.
  • January 18, 2015: Carlos Solis, Houston, Texas/2002 Honda Accord/Fatal — Solis was involved in a minor traffic accident that deployed the airbag. It sent metal shrapnel through his neck.

Chalik & Chalik’s Experienced Team Handles Airbag Recall Cases

Airbag recall claims are complex cases. The team at Chalik & Chalik are here to help those harmed by defective airbags by assisting them in pursuing compensation for their injuries.

Numerous vehicle owners had no clue their Takata airbag(s) had a dangerous and deadly safety defect. While Takata was allegedly aware of the risks of metal being ejected into a driver/passenger, they said nothing until 2008, allowing defective airbags to be installed in thousands of vehicles, putting thousands of people in grave danger. Takata hid the defect even though they knew the problem was responsible for killing numerous unsuspecting drivers worldwide.

At Chalik & Chalik we stand up against large corporations such as Takata and their massive legal departments. We have years of experience helping accident survivors seek fair and equitable compensation and justice.

Have you sustained injuries in an accident caused by a defective Takata airbag? Contact Chalik & Chalik to discuss a product liability claim. Call 855-971-1662 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation.

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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