The Latest Takata Airbag Recall

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The Latest Takata Airbag Recall.

The Japanese airbag manufacturer, Takata, is recalling 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S. due to faulty airbags that could explode and hurl shrapnel or not properly inflate in the event of a crash.

The recall includes BMW, Volkswagen, Honda Toyota and Mitsubishi vehicles made in 1995-2000.

This recall differs from previous recalls. The inflators involved in this recall do not use volatile ammonium nitrate to fill the air bags in a crash.

BMW has already began recalling their vehicles and notifying consumers. The recall covers certain 3-Series cars in the U.S. from 1999 through 2001 model years. BMW is recommending that people not drive their vehicles until repairs are made.

One person has died, and two people have been injured in BMW 3-Series vehicles.

The Japanese airbag manufacturer, Takata, is responsible for the deadly airbags that were installed in cars from model years 2002-2015. The inflators carry the risk of exploding when deployed, releasing sharp, metal fragments.

The faulty Takata airbags have been responsible for 16 deaths and over 250 injuries world-wide.

The Takata airbag recall is the largest automobile recall in U.S history that includes 19 automobile manufacturers and over 42 million vehicles.

If your vehicle is part of the recall, you may be wondering if your airbags really are defective, if your vehicle is safe to drive and how you need to proceed to get the issue fixed. For more information, visit NHTSA’s website here for more information.

Recovering compensation after an injury from a defective product

It is a manufacturer’s responsibility to make sure their products are safe for consumers. If someone is injured due to a defective product, a product liability claim may exist. A claim may be pursued to pay for damages caused by the defective product such as medical bills, missed time from work and pain and suffering.

If you or someone you know has been seriously injured by a defective product, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney to review your rights. Call 412-661-1400 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Pittsburgh at Berger and Green today.

Source: CNBC, “Takata recalls 1.4 million potentially dangerous air bag inflators”

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