Quoting a new report from the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, the New York Times notes that newly-released internal Takata employee documents show company insiders discussing problems with Takata air bags years prior to the first deaths and injuries tied to the airbag defects. A 2006 Takata employee email refers to a set of data and manufacturing problems as “yet another mess” and suggests that Takata manufacturing facilities “should have been screaming bloody murder a long time ago.”
The airbags reportedly eject metal fragments that can cause serious, even fatal injuries to both drivers and passengers. The recalled Takata airbags contain a propellant which can cause the devices to rupture upon impact in an accident and shoot metal debris out into the vehicle. At least 10 deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the alleged airbag defect.
Takata Airbag Recall Lawsuit
Lieff Cabraser represents drivers across the U.S. harmed by these air bag defects in lawsuits against Takata. Nearly 34 million vehicles, most manufactured prior to 2009, have been recalled worldwide due to the problem. This is the largest automotive recall to date in U.S. history. These airbags were installed in U.S. and foreign made cars and pickup trucks including in vehicles made by Ford, GM, Chrysler, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, and BMW, among others. Click here to review the list of recalled vehicles with Takata airbags.
In a statement, Takata said the problems highlighted in the report “are entirely inexcusable and will not be tolerated or repeated.”