Takata Settles with U.S. Department of Justice for $1 Billion for Airbag Recall
On Friday January 13, 2017, Japanese automobile airbag manufacturer Takata plead guilty for wire fraud and providing false information regarding their defective airbags. As of today, these defective airbags have caused 11 deaths and more than 180 injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling this “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history” since it affects 64 to 69 million airbags, across 45 million cars, and 19 automobile manufacturers. Cars affected by these airbags were mostly produced between 2002 and 2015.
The cause of the exploding airbags was recently confirmed by the NHTSA. The airbags contained an ammonium nitrate-base propellant, but were missing a chemical drying agent. In hot, humid regions such as California and Florida, immense pressure would build in the metal inflator cartridge and would rupture with explosive force upon impact. Metal shards from the housing could be projected into the vehicle’s cabin causing serious injuries or even result in death.
To check if your vehicle has been recalled for a Takata airbag or any other issue, we recommend you visit the NHTSA Recall Search Tool and enter your VIN number.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident which involved a Takata airbag, we advise you contact a personal injury attorney immediately to discuss your situation.
Of the $1 billion settlement that Takata must pay, $850 million of restitution will be paid to the automakers involved, $25 million in criminal penalties, and $125 million will be paid out to victims affected by the defective airbags.
Below is a list of automobile manufactures that produced vehicles containing defective Takata airbags:
- Chrysler (Includes Dodge, Jeep)
- Ford (Includes Lincoln)
- General Motors (Includes Pontiac, Saab)
- Jaguar (Includes Land Rover)
- Toyota (Includes Scion)
If you or your loved one has been injured or killed due to a defective product, contact the Pittsburgh personal injury lawyers of Chaffin Luhana LLP today. We are prepared to fight to get you the compensation you deserve after suffering due to a product malfunction or defect.