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Ford Takata Airbag Recalls

Although Toyota and Honda strongly urged for an independent study of Takata airbag inflators, which were the cause of the defective airbags that have been causing many deaths and injuries, the issue remained large in the marketplace. The damage had already been done in the global marketplace by Takata installing defective airbag inflators as far back as 2004 and doing nothing about it until 2008, when the first recalls began.

Takata stated in 2014 that they would create a quality assurance panel to examine their production procedures. If the allegations that the company knew about the defective inflator issue in 2004 and did nothing are true, then they set up a quality assurance panel 10 years too late.

More Questions About Airbag Safety

After it was discovered that driver airbags were killing people due to the explosion of metal shrapnel on deployment of the bags, reports emerged of seriously injured passengers being harmed by passenger-side airbags.

Despite mounting evidence that Takata passenger-side airbags were also becoming a safety issue, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) mainly focused their efforts on a national recall for driver’s side airbags. The NHTSA stated that adding passenger-side airbags into the already massive recall was not necessary, as it would severely limit the availability of replacement parts in the more humid regions of the nation.

The original statement sent out by Takata at the beginning of the recalls suggested humidity adversely affected the airbag inflators. Later on, Takata admitted it did not know why the inflators acted in the manner they did and that they could not even accurately recall in which vehicles they had been installed.

Injured by your Takata Airbag? Talk to a lawyer now.

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.

Takata and Auto Manufacturers May Be Liable for Your Injury

Ford Takata Airbag Recalls
Ford’s involvement in the large-scale defective Takata airbag recall involved 1,509,535 vehicles:

  • 2004-2006 Ranger — Driver’s and/or passenger side airbag

  • 2005-2006 GT — Driver’s and/or passenger side airbag
  • 2005-2014 Mustang — Driver’s side airbag

It is evident that despite the NHTSA suggesting the passenger-side airbag recall was not necessary, that it was rapidly becoming an issue of equal proportion to the defective driver’s side airbags.

More Deaths and Injuries Caused by Defective Flying Takata Metal Inflator Parts

  • 2010: Suetania Emmanuel, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands/2002 Honda Civic/Injury — Emmanuel survived flying metal shards that embedded themselves into her throat and face.
  • 2012: Sharonda Blowe, Jacksonville, Florida/2001 Honda Accord/Injury — Blowe survived metal shrapnel being embedded in her head.
  • 2013: Joseph Nasworthy, Jacksonville, Florida/2005 Honda Civic/Injury — Nasworthy sustained severe nose and eye lacerations when his Takata airbag exploded when it deployed.
  • 2013: Stephanie Erdman, Destin, Florida/2002 Honda Civic/Injury — Erdman was hit in the eye by a metal shard ejected when her airbag deployed
  • 2013: Brandi Owens, Forsyth County, Georgia/2013 Chevy Cruze/Injury — Owens was involved in a low-speed accident that deployed her airbag. Flying metal from the exploding bag hit Owens in the face and blinded her in one eye.

Where to find out if your Ford vehicle is subject to a Takata airbag recall:

1: Visit https://owner.ford.com/tools/account/maintenance/recalls.html
2: Visit https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/

Airbag Inflator Defects — The Causes

There are numerous things that may cause an airbag inflator to not function correctly. However in the vast majority of cases, the defects are the end result of a design flaw, shoddy manufacturing, improper use of chemicals/propellant or incorrect installation.

Do you own a vehicle that has been recalled for defective airbags? Have you been involved in an accident where defective airbags were the cause? You are not alone.

Filing a Defective Product Lawsuit

A defective Takata airbag lawsuit may seek compensation for damages like lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.

The legal team at Chalik & Chalik knows your case is vitally important and works to obtain fair and equitable compensation for your injuries. To file a defective Takata airbag lawsuit, find out what compensation you may be eligible to claim, and how to file a claim, call Chalik & Chalik 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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