Consumer Protection

Volkswagen & Audi Takata Airbag Recall Lawsuits

Deadly defects in 70 million Takata airbags have forced the recall of over 40 million vehicles worldwide. At least 19 deaths worldwide have been related to shrapnel firing out of malfunctioning airbags produced by Japan-based Takata Corp., thirteen of those deaths occurring in the U.S. alone. Numerous Volkswagen and Audi vehicles from model years ranging from 2005 through 2014 contain the potentially deadly devices and are included in the Takata airbag recall, including Jetta, Passat, Golf, Eos, A3, A4, A6, Q5, R8, RS4, S4, S5, S6, and TT (the full list is below).

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If you own or lease a Volkswagen or Audi vehicle listed below, then it likely has defective Takata airbags subject to an existing or upcoming recall. If you are concerned about the safety of your vehicle and its airbags, please use the form below to contact Lieff Cabraser for a prompt and confidential evaluation of your case. You can also call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 and ask to speak with attorney Nimish R. Desai.


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Affected vehicles include the following VW vehicles:

CC 2009-2017Passat 2012-2014
Jetta SportWagen 2010-2014GTI 2009-2013
Golf 2010-2014Passat Sedan & Wagon 2006-2010
Eos 2012-2014

Affected vehicles include the following Audi vehicles:

TT 2016-2017S4 Cabriolet 2007-2009
R8 2017A4 Cabriolet 2006-2009
A3 2005-2013S4 Sedan 2005-2008
S5 Cabriolet 2010-2012S4 Avant 2005-2008
Q5 2009-2012RS4 Sedan 2007-2008
S6 Sedan 2007-2011RS4 Cabriolet 2008
A6 Sedan 2005-2011A4 Sedan 2005-2008
A6 Avant 2006-2011A4 Avant 2005-2008
A6 2005-2011A4 2004-2008
A5 Cabriolet 2010-2011

 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.

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. Class action lawsuits are designed to recover economic losses purchasers of these defective vehicles have suffered. Plaintiffs are awaiting court approval of class settlements with five of the automakers, but the case against Volkswagen and Audi continues. Please contact us if you are interested in exploring your legal rights against VW and Audi.