Right on the heels of a January 8 recall expansion that added 3 million airbags, automakers Toyota and Honda have announced the recall of more than 1 million additional vehicles in the United States that are equipped with defective and potentially deadly Takata airbag inflators. This marks yet another increase to a cumulative recall that was already the largest in U.S. history.
19 automakers have recalled up to 69 million inflators found in 42 million vehicles. At least 20 people have died worldwide and over 280 have been hurt from explosions in the faulty airbags. The recalled Takata airbags contain a dangerous propellant that can degrade over time and cause the airbags to explode, shooting metal casing debris towards drivers and passengers. The lawsuit charges that Takata knew of the defects in its airbags long before the first recalls and that the auto manufacturers also knew that the airbags were dangerous and even lethal. The litigation is ongoing.
Toyota is recalling an additional 601,000 vehicles, which covers:
- 2009, 2010, 2013 Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix, Scion xB, Lexus IS 250 and 350, Lexus IS-F
- 2010 and 2013 Toyota 4-Runner, Lexus IS 250C and 350C, Lexus GX 460
- 2009 and 2010 Toyota Yaris and Lexus ES 350
- 2013 Toyota Sienna
Meanwhile, Honda is recalling 465,000 vehicles and 960 Gold Wing motorcycles, including:
- 2009-2012 Acura RL and Honda Accord
- 2009-2013 Acura TSX, Honda Fit, Honda Ridgeline, Honda Pilot
- 2009-2011 Honda Civic, Honda CR-V, Honda Element
- 2010-2013 Honda Crosstour, Honda Insight, Acura ZDX
- 2011-2013 Acura TSX
- 2013 Honda FCX Clarity and Honda Fit EV
- 2009-2016 Gold Wing motorcycles with optional airbags
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.