FCA Takata Airbag Recalls

2014 was a grim year as the Takata airbag recalls expanded exponentially to include other automakers such as Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Acura, BMW and FCA.

Consumers became increasingly alarmed to discover they were driving cars with airbags that may kill them rather than protect them in an accident. By 2014, an increasing number of deaths and serious injuries were being reported as a result of metal shards exploding out of the airbag when activated.

Many of those shards ended up embedded in victims, cutting their carotid artery, slicing their necks, mutilating their faces, lacerating their scalps and blinding others. It was a global nightmare, the likes of which no one had ever seen before.
By 2014, Takata indicated they were conducting internal testing and the results were revealing a very high failure rate. How this situation was kept hidden for so long was baffling. A report in The New York Times in 2004 alleged Takata knew then about the defective airbags, but did nothing. Takata said they did not become aware of the issue until 2008.

Further Deaths and Injuries Reported Despite Recalls

  • 2014: Corey Burdick, Eustes, Florida/2001 Honda Civic/Injury — Eustes was badly injured by flying metal shards lacerating his eye.
  • 2014: Claribel Nunez, Hialeah, Florida/2001 Honda Civic/Injury — Nunez survived severe wounds to her forehead from metal shrapnel exploding from her airbag.
  • 2015: Unnamed, Florida/2003 Honda Civic/Injury — this driver, who was involved in a minor accident, sustained neck injuries when the onboard Takata airbag exploded. The driver underwent emergency surgery to remove metal shrapnel from the neck.
  • 2015: Sara Baker, Florida/2002 Honda Accord/Injury — Baker lost half of one of her ears when she was hit with flying metal shards from her defective airbag.
  • 2015: Sabra Wilson, Louisiana/2006 Nissan Sentra/Injury — Wilson survived her accident with burns and cuts inflicted on her by an exploding passenger-side airbag. This accident prompted Nissan to expand its Takata airbag recall.
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Takata and Auto Manufacturers May Be Liable for Your Injury

Fiat Chrysler Takata Airbag Recalls Affected 5.22 Million Vehicles Globally

When Chrysler first started to respond to the recall, they were working with recalls for defective driver-side airbags. That recall involved approximately 1.4 million and was gradually expanded to cover 4.07 million vehicles to include various other vehicles such as the Sterling Bullet and Ram pickup trucks that were not in the prior recall. FCA also recalled approximately 437,947 2003 Ram pickups for defective passenger-side airbags.

FCA also announced in December of 2104 it would replace driver’s side air-bag inflators in an estimated 3.3 million older-model vehicles worldwide. These recalls were done despite the fact that no Takata inflators were identified as being defective in that round of recalls. Chrysler also noted that outside of high-humidity Florida, no FCA vehicle has been associated with Takata airbag failures.

FCA 2004-2007 Model Lines Affected in Takata Airbag Recall 

  • Dodge Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups
  • Dodge Ram 3500 Chassis Cabs
  • Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen full-size SUVs
  • Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger full-size sedans
  • Dodge Magnum full-size station wagons
  • Mitsubishi Raider and Dodge Dakota small pickups

Defective Takata Airbag — Accident Compensation

Were you involved in an accident where Takata defective airbags were cited as the cause? You may seek compensation from the airbag maker, Takata.

If you are injured, your medical, property damage and other bills are likely to be financially devastating.

If you choose to file a defective product/product liability lawsuit, you may wish to recover some of the following expenses:

  • Lost wages — lost work time may be recoverable
  • Future earning capacity — future reduced earnings may be recoverable
  • Medical expenses — keep copies of all medical expenses for any injuries sustained in your accident. The airbag manufacturer is likely to be held liable for those costs.
  • Property damage — you may be able to claim compensation for personal property and vehicle damages
  • Pain/suffering — you may be able to seek compensation for your pain and suffering as a result of sustaining injuries due to a defective Takata airbag.

Talk to an experienced product liability attorney to help clarify your legal rights and options if a defective Takata airbag caused your injuries. The team at Chalik & Chalik assists you by:

  • Collecting all relevant evidence and reports
  • Preparing your case
  • Following up on all case aspects
  • Coordinating of all communications with all parties involved
  • Advocating for fair and equitable compensation at settlement or in litigation

Call Chalik & Chalik at 855-971-1662 to set up a free consultation. We review all case details and explain what your legal options are to seek compensation for damages.

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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