Takata Airbag Recall Grows as New Order Issued
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on May 12, 2016 in Defective Products
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has ordered airbag manufacturer Takata to recall up to 40 million more airbags. Already the largest safety recall in auto history, defective Takata airbags have been linked to at least 11 U.S. deaths.
The new recall order targets 35 to 40 million airbags; it’s likely that the number of automobiles recalled will be lower, as some vehicles may contain numerous recalled Takata airbags.
While the previous recall affected around 24 million U.S. vehicles, this addition is expected to bring the total up to 50 million. Nearly all major automakers will now be involved; previously, 14 automakers were affected. Around a quarter of all automobiles on U.S. roads could be recalled in the end, experts say.
This latest recall order comes only a month after a Texas teenager was killed when a Takata airbag inflator exploded; shrapnel severed her neck and carotid artery. Police on the scene said that the accident itself was only minor.
Replacement Parts Scarce
With so many vehicles affected by the recall, Takata has faced difficulties getting replacement airbag inflators to car dealers. The NHTSA reports as of April 22 that under one third of automobiles affected by the first large recall have been repaired. Vehicle owners say they’ve waited months for repairs to be made because dealers simply haven’t received the parts needed.
Takata officials state they are committed to working with NHTSA regulators and automakers to develop improved safety solutions. Already facing a $70 million fine, Takata could be looking at penalties of $200 million if they fail to meet safety performance targets outlined by the NHTSA.
Manufacturers need to be held accountable when their defective products harm consumers. If you’ve been injured by a faulty Takata airbag, our takata airbag recall lawyers will pursue the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.