Sacramento Takata Airbag Recall Lawyers
When people get in their cars they expect their seatbelts and airbags to protect them in an accident. When the seatbelts and airbags fail, even routine accidents can become disastrous. This catastrophic situation is precisely what millions of Americans are facing as they enter vehicles with defective airbags.
Over the last 18 months, auto companies have recalled more than 7 million vehicles that are suspected to have dangerous and defective Takata airbags installed. So far, at least eight deaths and more than 100 injuries have been attributed to Takata airbag failures.
Takata Corporation is a Japanese auto supplier that provides nearly 25% of the worlds airbag components. The company's airbag inflators have a deadly defect where the inflation device can cause metal shrapnel to be released at a velocity that punctures the airbags and injures the face, neck, chest and torso of drivers and passengers in affected vehicles.
Dangers of Takata Airbags
More than 14 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide due to Takata airbag defects. The number tops 7 million in the United States.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is advising all owners of vehicles with defective Takata airbags to replace them immediately.
The airbags are particularly dangerous for consumers who live and drive the cars in hot and humid regions. It is believed that the propellant in the airbags may be more likely to malfunction in these hotter regions located in the American South.
More than 14 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide due to Takata airbag defects...
The agency has stated that the exposure to high humidity and temperatures contributes to the likelihood that the airbag will rupture and send shrapnel into the bodies of the drivers and passengers. This does not mean, however, that drivers in cooler parts of the country are necessarily safe. All vehicles with defective Takata airbags presently pose a serious safety hazard.
While the lawsuits are looming, the NHTSA has also urged Takata to produce replacement airbag components at a much faster rate. The existing Takata airbags have defective parts that need to be replaced however, the sheer number of affected vehicles poses serious fulfillment problems for dealerships and auto manufacturers.
Can I File a Takata Recall Lawsuit?
At least two lawsuits have been filed in U.S. courts arguing that the Takata Corporation and automakers failed to investigate the dangers in Takata airbags.
The lawsuits have been filed on behalf of all individuals who have been injured by defective airbags. According to the most recent reports, 4 people are alleged to have been fatally injured with more than 100 additional injuries.
As more and more people become aware of the injuries, these numbers are likely to grow. The lawsuits are seeking class action status so that they can represent the millions of Americans who have been affected by the defects.
Many consumers are worried that their cars have lost their resale value at an expedited rate and this is another aspect of the lawsuits.
Takata May Have Known the Bags Were Dangerous
A recent article in the New York Times carries serious allegations about what the company knew and when it knew it. Two former Takata employees have come forward to state that Takata knew the airbags were dangerous as far back as 2004. If that is true, then the information Takata has filed with the NHTSA stating that they discovered the airbag defects in 2009 would be wrong.
The former employees state that Takata tested 50 airbags retrieved from junkyards and was able to establish that the airbags were defective. However, the company did not share this data with the NHTSA and in fact, the former employees say they received instructions to delete all traces of the tests and the evidence from the company's servers. If these allegations are true, Takata Corporation may face the biggest test of liability yet.
Arnold Law Firm Takata recall lawyers are currently helping owners who drive vehicles with defective Takata airbags evaluate their legal claims.
List of Recalled Vehicles
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a website where consumers can use a VIN to identify whether a car has been recalled. Also, the website www.safercar.gov provides updated information about recall announcements.
Manufacturers are required by law to provide recall information on their websites. Consumers simply need their Vehicle Identification Numbers and the website will reveal all of the associated recalls. Consumers will also be receiving recall notices via U.S. Postal Service with extensive details about the recall process.
The NHTSA has set up a safety hotline for consumers to discuss their concerns and ask questions at 1-885-327-4236. Consumers can also subscribe to the NHTSA's Recall Notification Email System. The NHTSA has urged motorists to act quickly and prudently when they receive recall notices.
The following list of recalled vehicles is current as of 11/4/2014. Be sure to check with your car manufacturer and the NHTSA for the most up-to-date recall information.
- 2000 2005 3 Series Sedan
- 2000 2006 3 Series Coupe
- 2000 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon
- 2000 2006 3 Series Convertible
- 2001 2006 M3 Coupe
- 2001 2006 M3 Convertible
- 2003 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
- 2005 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
- 2006 2008 Dodge Ram 3500
- 2006 2008 Dodge Ram 4500
- 2008 Dodge Ram 5500
- 2005 2008 Dodge Durango
- 2005 2008 Dodge Dakota
- 2005 2008 Chrysler 300
- 2007 2008 Chrysler Aspen
- 2004 Ranger
- 2005 2006 GT
- 2005 2007 Mustang
- 2003 2005 Pontiac Vibe
- 2005 Saab 9-2X
- 2001 2007 Honda Accord)
- 2001 2002 Honda Accord
- 2001 2005 Honda Civic
- 2002 2006 Honda CR-V
- 2003 2011 Honda Element
- 2002 2004 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 2007 Honda Pilot
- 2006 Honda Ridgeline
- 2003 2006 Acura MDX
- 2002 2003 Acura TL/CL
- 2005 Acura RL
- 2003 2007 Mazda6
- 2006 2007 MazdaSpeed6
- 2004 2008 Mazda RX-8
- 2004 2005 MPV
- 2004 B-Series Truck
- 2004 2005 Lancer
- 2006 2007 Raider
- 2001 2003 Nissan Maxima
- 2001 2004 Nissan Pathfinder
- 2002 2004 Nissan Sentra
- 2001 2004 Infiniti I30/I35
- 2002 2003 Infiniti QX4
- 2003 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45
- 2003 2005 Baja
- 2003 2005 Legacy
- 2003 2005 Outback
- 2004 2005 Impreza
- 2002 2005 Lexus SC
- 2002 2005 Toyota Corolla
- 2003 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix
- 2002 2005 Toyota Sequoia
- 2003 2005 Toyota Tundra
Sacramento Takata Recall Lawyers
If you have been injured in an accident where the Takata airbag caused you additional harms or failed to deploy, you may have multiple legal claims. You may have an individual injury claim against the other driver and/or against the company that owned the other vehicle. You may also have class action lawsuit claims against your auto manufacturer and against Takata Corporation.
Depending on the circumstances of your injuries, you need a law firm with aggressive product safety lawyers who have the experience and capabilities to handle all aspects of your legal claims.
At Arnold Law Firm, our Sacramento recall and product safety lawyers have been successfully handling individual and class action lawsuits at the state and federal level for decades. Let us put our extensive experience to work for you.