More than 35 million Takata airbag inflators have been added to an existing recall by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This brings the total number of vehicles impacted by the recall to over 118 million. The decision to recall the additional airbag inflators is unprecedented seeing as none have yet to be linked to injury or death. According to department officials, these airbag inflators are being proactively recalled following research by hired chemists indicating that it was only a matter of time before parts would inevitably fail. The previously recalled Takata airbags are linked to 10 deaths and more than 100 injuries in the United States.
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Three independent investigations into defective Takata airbags have all shown that the company’s failure to add chemical components for moisture absorption allows the ammonium nitrate propellant to degrade over time. Once degraded, an airbag can explode with too much force upon deployment – force sufficient to rupture its container and send metal shards throughout the vehicle. Risks for this increase in hot and humid environments like Minnesota in the summertime. The most recently recalled airbags were, like those recalled before them, missing the chemicals necessary to prevent this dangerous problem.
A recall is not a shield against liability in cases where defective vehicles or their component parts cause serious injury or death. If you or a loved one has been injured by excessive airbag deployment, please contact GoldenbergLaw, PLLC today to learn how our attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve. We serve clients throughout the nation.