The largest recall in U.S. auto safety history has officially expanded to include numerous cars, SUVs, and vans from Mercedes-Benz as part of the massive action concerning explosive, shrapnel-firing Takata airbags. Mercedes has recalled over 830,000 vehicles in the United States. Affected models include 2005–2014 Mercedes C-class, E-class, GL-class, M-class, and SLK; the 2006–2012 R-class; and the 2011–2014 SLS AMG.
The recall continues as to already-named manufacturers as well, with Japan-based automotive manufacturer Toyota Motor Corp. announcing that it will recall around 1.6 million more U.S. vehicles due to the risk of front passenger side Takata airbag inflators exploding. The new recall includes the Corolla, Matrix, Yaris, 4Runner, Sienna, Scion xB, Lexus ES, GX, and IS models manufactured between 2006 and 2011. Additional models totaling more than 12 million vehicles in the U.S. were added to the recall by Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Ferrari, and Mitsubishi.
The recalled Takata airbags contain a propellant that may cause the airbag to explode upon impact in an accident, shooting out metal debris from the casing towards drivers and passengers. This airbag defect has been linked to more than 100 injuries and 13 deaths worldwide. Earlier this month, the airbag manufacturer stated that it was set to recall an additional 35 million airbag inflators as a result of significant safety risks.
Takata safety lawsuit complaints charge that the company knew of defects in its airbags a decade ago, after conducting secret tests of the products that showed dangerous flaws. Rather than alert federal safety regulators to these risks, Takata allegedly ordered its engineers to delete the test data.
Toyota is one of nearly 20 automakers who are now recalling vehicles equipped with the defective Takata airbag inflators.
Takata Airbag Recall Lawsuit & Your Legal Rights
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 Mercedes-Benz, Ford, GM, Chrysler, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, and BMW, among others.
Owners and lessees of these vehicles are welcome to contact Lieff Cabraser about safety concerns and their legal rights.