1.2 Million New Vehicles Added to Ongoing Recall in Face of Airbag Explosion Threat
The threat of dangerous Takata airbags have led to yet another round of vehicle recalls, as U.S. safety regulators have named more than 1.2 million additional vehicle models across 14 different automakers to the Takata airbag recall list. The newest round of ongoing recalls includes Ford, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Daimler Vans, Toyota, Tesla, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Mazda, Subaru, Jaguar-Land Rover, McLaren, and Volkswagen.
Notorious as the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, the defective and potentially deadly Takata airbags have killed at least 21 people worldwide and injured over 180 individuals. The inflators contain a dangerous propellant that can degrade over time and cause the airbags to explode, shooting out metal shrapnel-like debris towards drivers and passengers.
As reported by Mercury News, “The latest recalls are part of the largest series of automotive recalls in U.S. history, with 19 automakers having to recall up to 69 million inflators in 42 million vehicles. The problem brought a criminal conviction and fine against Takata and forced the Japanese company into bankruptcy protection.”
Takata Airbag Recall Lawsuit & Your Legal Rights
Automakers have a legal duty to produce cars and components that are safe, and promptly correct any known safety defects. 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.