Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, GM, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, BMW, Chrysler, and Other Cars and Trucks Recalled Due to Faulty Airbags
Nearly 70 million vehicles, mostly manufactured prior to 2009, have been recalled worldwide due to defective and dangerous airbags manufactured by Japan-based Takata Corporation. To date, this is the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. At least nineteen deaths worldwide have been linked to the Takata airbag defects, with thirteen of those deaths occurring in the United States.
2017 Settlement Valued at $741m Gets Final Court Approval
In November of 2017, a Florida federal judge granted final approval to an aggregate settlement of $741 million with Toyota, BMW, Subaru and Mazda over claims relating to vehicles containing the dangerous and defective Takata airbags. Infamous for causing the largest recall in U.S. auto safety history, the defective Takata airbags contain a propellant that can cause the airbag to explode upon impact in an accident, shooting out metal debris from the casing towards drivers and passengers. Numerous lawsuits charge that the Japan-based airbag manufacturer knew of the defects in its product a decade ago, after conducting secret tests that showed dangerous airbag flaws. But rather than alert federal safety regulators to these risks, Takata allegedly ordered its engineers to delete test data.
Earlier Case Developments
On May 13, 2015, Toyota Motor Corp, Nissan Motor Co, and Honda Motor Co Ltd significantly expanded their global recall of vehicles equipped with a defective airbag manufactured by Takata. The three major Japan automakers alone recalled over 6.5 million vehicles that were affected by the defect.
These airbags were installed in U.S. and foreign made cars and pickup trucks including vehicles made by Ford, Mercedes-Benz, GM, Chrysler, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, and BMW.
List of Recalled Takata Airbags
Problems with Takata air bag inflators have led to recalls of approximately 34 million vehicles worldwide. You can visit SaferCar.gov for the full list of vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recall.
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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.
Contact Lieff Cabraser
If you or a family member have been injured in an accident linked to a faulty airbag, 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.