The auto industry was shaken by news that millions of airbags produced by the Japanese manufacturer Takata were defective. Takata airbags have been installed in millions of vehicles and a huge variety of makes and models.
Recent news reports indicate that Takata might have known about the problems, which stem from defective inflation and propellant mechanisms, as early as 2004 and ignored them. Two US Senators have already urged the Justice Department to launch an investigation.
At GoldenbergLaw, our personal injury and product liability lawyers’ immediate concern is the health and well-being of Minnesota’s drivers. A New York Times report in early September indicated that more than 130 drivers suffered injuries as a result of these defective airbags, which can explode and fire metal fragments at drivers.
Because so many makes and models have been affected, we urge you to visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s list of these vehicles at this page. Nearly 8,000,000 cars have been affected, including more than 5,000,000 Honda vehicles.
Our personal injury lawyers will continue to follow developments in this recall, including those related to legal actions and liability. In the meantime, check the NHTSA page above. If you see the make and model of your vehicle listed here, visit the manufacturer’s website and enter your vehicle’s VIN. If your vehicle has an open recall notice, contact your nearest dealer as soon as possible.
If you live in Minnesota and you’ve been hurt by a defective product, our personal injury lawyers are ready to help. Please contact GoldenbergLaw today for a free consultation.