Toyota 4Runner 2016 and 2017 Takata Airbag Dangers
Nearly 34 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide due to defective and dangerous airbags manufactured by Japan-based Takata Corporation. It’s the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, and affected vehicles include 2016 and 2017 Toyota 4Runners. At least ten deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the Takata airbag defect.
Contact Lieff Cabraser
If you or a family member have been injured in an accident linked to a faulty airbag or are concerned about the safety of your 2016 or 2017 4Runner and its airbags, please use the form below to contact Lieff Cabraser for a prompt and confidential evaluation of your case. Or call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 and ask to speak with auto accident attorney Fabrice N. Vincent.
Takata Airbag Problems and Airbag Recall Lawsuits
The recalled Takata airbags contain a dangerous propellant that can cause the airbag to explode, shooting metal casing debris towards drivers and passengers. The complaints charge that Takata knew of defects in its airbags long before the first recalls and that the auto manufacturers also knew or should have known that the airbags were dangerous and even lethal. Litigation is ongoing.
Lieff Cabraser attorney Robert Nelson summarizes the Takata airbag recall
Legal Rights of Persons Injured in Unsafe Cars and by Defective Airbags
Automakers have a legal duty to produce cars and components that are safe, and promptly correct any known safety defects. Damages in personal injury lawsuits against auto manufacturers for selling defective vehicles with safety flaws include damages for:
- Past and future physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment;
- Past and future medical, incidental and hospital expenses;
- Past and future loss of earnings and earning capacity; and
- Punitive damages in cases of egregious misconduct.
If the driver or occupant was killed, surviving family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit.