Takata Airbags Recall

gm-airbag-recall-takata-ts34xIn an auto accident, a functioning airbag can often mean the difference between life and death. Airbags save hundreds of thousands of lives every year, but only when they are working properly. When an airbag is defective, the device intended to save your life may cause more harm than good.

Takata Corporation, an airbag manufacturer whose products are found in vehicles across the country, has issued a massive recall of millions of defective airbags. The attorneys at the Phillips Law Group are investigating claims that Takata airbags have caused multiple deaths and hundreds of injuries.

If you or your loved one was injured by a defective Takata airbag, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries and damages. Contact the Takata airbag attorneys at Phillips Law Group today to learn more about your legal rights.

Millions of Airbags Recalled

Takata Corp., has recalled over 10 million airbags since 2008, affecting many makes and models of vehicles throughout the country.

The most recent recall was mandated by the NHTSA after reports that the defective airbags are susceptible to deterioration after exposure to high heat and humidity. As a result of the deterioration, the airbags combust in an overly-aggressive manner, which can shatter the airbag inflator housing. When the airbag deploys, these shards of metal from the housing are forced out at a great speed, leading to gruesome injuries.

At least four deaths and over a hundred injuries have been attributed to these flying pieces of the airbag housing striking accident victims in the face and neck. In addition to this particular defect, other problems with the air bags have included ruptures and as well as design defects and manufacturing flaws.

Takata May Have Hidden Defects for Years

Recent reports indicate that Takata knew about these defects over a decade ago. Takata allegedly performed secret tests on its airbags after the company received reports that a driver in Alabama had been killed by shards of flying metal.

Rather than report the results of their tests to the NHTSA, Takata ordered its scientists to destroy the testing data. Takata has claimed that the issues with its airbags were resolved in the early 2000s, but employees speaking to the New York Times doubted the companys truthfulness, and internal company documents revealed that Takatas upper management may not have been as forthcoming as first thought.

As a result of these allegations, the House of Representatives has asked the Government Accountability Office to begin an investigation into Takatas handling of its airbag issues. The NHTSA is also investigating the company, as well as automakers who used Takata parts.

Is Your Car's Airbag Defective?

If you are concerned that your vehicle may be unsafe, you should use the NHTSA's VIN lookup tool to check your particular vehicle.

In general,vehicles affected by this recall include the following models:

  • 2000 2005 3 Series Sedan
  • 2000 2006 3 Series Coupe
  • 2000 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon
  • 2000 2006 3 Series Convertible
  • 2001 2006 M3 Coupe
  • 2001 2006 M3 Convertible
  • 2003 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
  • 2005 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
  • 2006 2008 Dodge Ram 3500
  • 2006 2008 Dodge Ram 4500
  • 2008 Dodge Ram 5500
  • 2005 2008 Dodge Durango
  • 2005 2008 Dodge Dakota
  • 2005 2008 Chrysler 300
  • 2007 2008 Chrysler Aspen
  • 2004 Ranger
  • 2005 2006 GT
  • 2005 2007 Mustang
  • 2003 2005 Pontiac Vibe
  • 2005 Saab 9-2X
  • 2001 2007 Honda Accord)
  • 2001 2002 Honda Accord
  • 2001 2005 Honda Civic
  • 2002 2006 Honda CR-V
  • 2003 2011 Honda Element
  • 2002 2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003 2007 Honda Pilot
  • 2006 Honda Ridgeline
  • 2003 2006 Acura MDX
  • 2002 2003 Acura TL/CL
  • 2005 Acura RL
  • 2003 2007 Mazda6
  • 2006 2007 MazdaSpeed6
  • 2004 2008 Mazda RX-8
  • 2004 2005 MPV
  • 2004 B-Series Truck
  • 2004 2005 Lancer
  • 2006 2007 Raider
  • 2001 2003 Nissan Maxima
  • 2001 2004 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2002 2004 Nissan Sentra
  • 2001 2004 Infiniti I30/I35
  • 2002 2003 Infiniti QX4
  • 2003 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45
  • 2003 2005 Baja
  • 2003 2005 Legacy
  • 2003 2005 Outback
  • 2004 2005 Impreza
  • 2002 2005 Lexus SC
  • 2002 2005 Toyota Corolla
  • 2003 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix
  • 2002 2005 Toyota Sequoia
  • 2003 2005 Toyota Tundra

Injured By An Airbag? Phillips Law Group can help.

At Phillips Law Group, our attorneys believe that you should be able to count on your cars airbags to keep you safe. If you were injured in an auto accident and think that your airbag was defective, our Takata airbag products liability attorneys can help you recover for your injuries.

Call or text 1-800-706-3000 or use our online case evaluation form to contact Phillips Law Group today.

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