Takata Corp. has announced plans to recall another 2.7 million faulty airbag inflators that were built between the years 2005- 2012 and installed in Ford, Nissan and Mazda vehicles sold in the U.S. This addition expands Takata’s airbag recall, already the largest automotive industry recall in U.S. history, over dangerously explosive airbags that have been tied to at least 11 deaths.
According to the New York Times, “The recall adds to an effort that was previously expected to cover 70 million Takata airbag inflators in 42 million vehicles. Takata’s problems with defective devices began in 2008, when Honda initially recalled 4,000 vehicles that used Takata technology. So far, the safety agency says, about 17 million airbags have been replaced in the United Sates.”
The affected Takata airbags contain a propellant with ammonium-nitrate that can cause the airbag to explode upon impact in an accident, shooting out metal debris from the casing towards drivers and passengers. Numerous lawsuits charge that the Japan-based airbag manufacturer knew of the defects in its product a decade ago, after conducting secret tests that showed dangerous flaws in the airbags. But rather than alert federal safety regulators to these risks, Takata allegedly ordered its engineers to delete test data.
The latest recall involved airbag inflators that utilized calcium sulfate as a drying agent, “Takata’s earliest generation of ammonium-nitrate inflators,” reported the Times, “The company is now testing later generations of those devices.”
In January, the airbag manufacturer pleaded guilty to criminal charges and has agreed to pay a $1 billion fine to settle its defective airbag issue.
Contact A Takata Airbag Recall Lawyer
Lieff Cabraser represents drivers across the U.S. threatened by Takata air bag defects. 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 Acura, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, GM, Chrysler, Nissan, Mazda, and BMW, among others.
Owners and lessees of these vehicles are invited to contact Lieff Cabraser about injuries and their legal rights.