Takata Airbag Recall FAQ

Takata Airbag Recall FAQ

Numerous automakers have been recalling millions of vehicles this year, mostly manufactured prior to 2009, as a result of the defective airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corporation. In November 2014, federal safety regulators expanded the Takata airbag recall, requesting all automakers to conduct a national recall of affected vehicles.

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Airbag Recall Update: Takata Allegedly Knew 10 Years Ago of Deadly Airbag Defect

Takata Allegedly Knew 10 Years Ago of Deadly Airbag Defect

In a shocking development, former workers at airbag manufacturer Takata Corporation reportedly tested airbags at its crash-testing facility in Michigan, which showed a dangerous flaw in the airbags. The secret tests, which have not been previously disclosed, were performed after normal work hours and on weekends and holidays during summer 2004 at Takata’s American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, the former employees stated to the New York Times.

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Air Bags Ejecting Metal Fragments Cause Fatal Injuries for Drivers and Passengers

Air Bags Ejecting Metal Fragments Cause Fatal Injuries for Drivers and PassengersAutomakers are recalling millions of vehicles due to allegedly defective air bags which shoot out metal shards when they activate, severely injuring drivers and passengers. The alleged faulty air bags are manufactured by Japanese supplier Takata Corp., whose stock shares The New York Times reports have dropped 23 percent in the Tokyo exchange as a result of this widespread air bag issue. [Read more…]

$175 Million Verdict Based On Alleged Defective and Dangerous Highway Guardrails

$175 Million Verdict Based On Alleged Defective and Dangerous Highway Guardrails

On October 19, 2014, a federal jury in Texas found that Trinity Industries defrauded the U.S. government of $175 million by not reporting its new highway guardrail design changes to the Federal Highway Administration as required by law. As noted by the New York Times, the Texas jury awarded $525 million (the $175 million tripled under federal law) to the United States Treasury, making the verdict the third largest jury award in the U.S. this year.

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Highway Guardrail Lawsuits Charge Unsafe Design Maiming Drivers

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This summer, automotive and product design safety company, Safety Research & Strategies, filed suit against the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), seeking the public release of documents in the case of United States ex rel. Harman v. Trinity Industries. The whistleblower lawsuit alleges guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries defrauded the government. The Wall Street Journal reports court records remain inaccessible.

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Car Fires and Fuel Tank Explosions Remain an Ongoing National Concern

Car Fires and Fuel Tank Explosions Remain an Ongoing National Concern

According to the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System, “from 2008 to 2010, an estimated 194,000 highway vehicle fires occurred in the United States each year resulting in an average of approximately 300 deaths, 1,250 injuries and $1.1 billion in property loss.”

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