The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed numerous documents indicating that up to 12.3 million vehicles in the United States may have airbag problems. It has been determined that the airbags may not inflate in a crash and the problem could be responsible for as many as eight deaths. Right now, the focus is on vehicles made by Toyota, Honda, Kia, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, and Fiat Chrysler from the years 2010 through 2019 model years. And the airbag control unit in question is made by ZF-TRW.
Honda announced their recall of 1.2 million Honda and Acura vehicles due to defective Takata airbags on the driver's side. The Takata airbags were once thought to be safe, and even replaced older inflators under a recall that began in 2014. The airbags only recently came under scrutiny after an automobile accident and airbag explosion in Maryland injured the driver of a Honda Odyssey. The U.S. National Highway Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) investigation involving the 2004 Honda Odyssey discovered that the driver's airbag inflator ruptured.
Firm attorneys Benny Agosto, Jr. and Kelly Woods have reached a confidential settlement on behalf of Glenn Golden regarding a crash that occurred on August 30, 2015. The settlement brings a favorable end to his lawsuit seeking compensation for severe injuries he sustained when his brakes failed while participating in a non-competitive driver's education event at the Circuit of America's track in Austin, Texas.
Recently, Takata Corporation, a Japanese manufacturer of airbags, had an additional 3.3 million airbags supplied to auto manufacturers recalled in the United States. The recalled airbags were supplied in over 43 million U.S. vehicles. Currently, approximately 20 deaths and 180 injuries have been linked to the faulty airbags.
Despite a finding that Takata airbags are prone to dangerous explosions when deployed, the Japanese auto supplier, Takata, and the auto industry as a whole have been slow in their widespread recall. This slow recall poses a deadly threat to millions of drivers and passengers.
Earlier this month, Florida Toyota car dealer, Earl Stewart, sued one of its competitors, Arrigo Enterprises, for selling cars containing Takata airbags. The lawsuit alleges Arrigo is not telling its customers about the recall and even misrepresenting the recall status.
Audi has issued recalls over issues in their vehicles that are affecting over half a million cars. One problem surrounding six different model Audis involves coolant pump failure, where the pump could be blocked and cause fires in the engine compartment. The models affected on this issue are from the recent 2015 and 2016 models, including the popular sedans, coupes, and allroad wagons. Audi was reported saying this issue can and will be fixed with a software update, with that update programmed to shut off the power supply to the coolant pump if it becomes blocked.
General Motors Co. is recalling more than 4 million vehicles to fix an airbag software defect that has already been linked to one death and three injuries. 3.6 million of the 4.28 million vehicles involved are in the U.S. and are all from the 2014-2017 model years.
Firm Partner, Benny Agosto, Jr., successfully settled an airbag defect case last month against General Motors, one of the world's largest car manufacturers. The lawsuit resulted in a combined, confidential settlement for Mr. Agosto's clients. As many are aware, General Motors has come under scrutiny in the previous years, which has led to the recalls of hundreds of thousands of affected vehicles.
Following recent lawsuits in Florida and Texas, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has estimated that at least 7.78 million vehicles are equipped with faulty Takata airbags. The recent airbag crisis has prompted a nationwide response, including calls for increased scrutiny from members of Congress and federal regulators urging U.S. vehicle owners to act immediately to replace defective air bags.