May 24, 2017
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Defective Takata airbags, including those in certain Lexus models, have caused many deaths and injuries due to the dangerous explosion and release of metal shrapnel that occurs upon airbag deployment. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the enormity and scope of the recall is unprecedented, involving 14 automakers with vehicle models ranging from 2002 through 2015.
Takata was hit with a record civil penalty of $200 million and told they must phase out the airbag chemical propellant (phase stabilized ammonium-nitrate) that appeared to cause such deadly accidents. Despite the fine and the initial and subsequent recalls, the NHTSA and the USDOT indicated that even more vehicles will need to be recalled. The Takata fiasco could drag on until 2019, even with an accelerated repair schedule that would allow some vehicles to be fixed approximately two years ahead of schedule.
NHTSA announced an expansion of the recall, adding 40 million defective airbag inflators to the 28.8 million inflators already recalled. The recall will continue until December 2019.
The Root Cause Has Still Not Been Pinpointed
In spite of the speculation that ammonium nitrate was the probable cause of airbags forcefully exploding and shooting metal shrapnel into passengers and drivers, there remains an uncertainty if that is the primary reason for the airbag failures.
Curiously, ammonium nitrate was used in some of the replacement airbags, meaning customers who had their airbags replaced in response to the first recall may need to get yet another repair. The NHTSA has said the chemical will not be used in new airbags in the future.
The exact numbers involved in this massive recall are hard to determine, but it may involve over 23 million vehicles, 14 automakers and over 19 million vehicles.
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.
Lexus Vehicles Involved in the Defective Takata Airbag Recall By Zone
Zone Recall Parameters:
Zone A (high humidity) is Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Zone B (moderate humidity) is Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Zone C (low humidity) is Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington State, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Zones A and B:
Zone A only:
Have You Been Involved in an Accident Involving a Defective Takata Airbag?
Chalik & Chalik are able to assist you to determine if the airbag was defective. Contact an attorney as soon as possible after your accident to allow for a proper investigation of the facts and circumstances of your case.
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Defective product claims and product liability cases require a high level of attorney expertise in investigations and evidence gathering, as they are very complex. We have the experience to handle these claims.
Please get in touch with us if you have been in an accident that involved defective Takata airbags. To speak to an attorney about your possible claim, please fill out the online evaluation form. You also may reach us 24 hours a day, seven days a week 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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