Takata Airbag Recalls Continue
Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on Oct 20, 2014 in Class Action Lawsuits
For the last six months, Americans have rarely turned on the news or opened up a newspaper without the announcement of a new recall.
Toyota Motor Corp., one of the worlds largest automotive companies has announced a new recall involving nearly 250,000 vehicles with Takata airbags installed.
Takata, one of the chief auto suppliers to automakers across the world, has been implicated in selling faulty car parts that have gone into to be installed in millions of vehicles. Since 2008, 16 million cars with Takata part defects have been recalled.
Toyota Motor Corp, was the first automaker to react to recent reports from Takata executives that the number of vehicles impacted by defective Takata airbags may be larger. In response to these reports, Toyota executives announced a recall covering nearly 250,000 vehicles on Oct. 20, 2014.
Why Are Takata Airbags Dangerous?
Takata airbags pose a serious danger to drivers and passengers because the components inside the airbags, shrapnel and other projectiles, explode and pierce the face, necks and chests of the cars occupants. Humid weather affects Takata airbag inflators can rupture exploding the shrapnel inside the airbag to explode outward.
At least two confirmed deaths and two suspected deaths are attributed to Takata airbag shrapnel. The airbags are especially dangerous in states where there is very high humidity. In these cases, drivers in humid states areas such as Florida and Hawaii are at increased risk.
This is not the first time that Toyota has faced lawsuits after announcing massive recalls. A series of recalls in 2010 announced by Toyota after defects in the accelerators of vehicles were revealed led to a class-action lawsuit settlement for $1.1 billion.
16 million cars, including the Toyota, Scion and Lexus vehicles produced by the Toyota Motor Corp., were involved in the settlement. Monetary compensation in that cased depended on the model of the car and the condition of the vehicle.
Similarly, in this recent spate of recall cases, there are many opportunities for injured car accident victims in Toyota vehicles to file individual or class action lawsuits.
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