Since 2014, nearly 50 million Takata airbags have been recalled in the United States alone. Prior to the recalls, Takata had about 20 percent of the global airbag market, with the recalls affecting nearly every vehicle manufacturer, including the Detroit Three, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Daimler, Subaru, Volkswagen, and Audi. Although just over 37 million Takata airbags have been repaired, nearly 12.5 million are still in cars on the road today.
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Kristian Edwards was driving her Model 3 Tesla when she was struck by another vehicle. It caused her to slam into the guardrail on the interstate highway. None of the Tesla's airbags deployed. Mrs. Edwards, a public health professor at George Washington University in Washington, suffered major injuries, including head trauma and brain damage. Mrs. Edwards was wearing her seat belt; her son was in the back seat and also sustained injuries. Suit was filed against Tesla. The family is seeking to be compensated for medical bills, Mrs. Edwards' loss of earning capacity, and her pain and suffering.
On June 25, 2020, a Maryland woman who suffered traumatic brain injuries in a 2019 accident sued Tesla Inc. in California alleging it manufactured an unsafe Model 3 vehicle with airbags that didn't properly deploy. The suit was filed in Alameda County Superior Court in California where Tesla's headquarters is located.
A La Porte woman was severely injured when the airbags on her 2013 Hyundai Genesis failed to deploy after being struck in an auto collision. The lawsuit arises out of the events that took place in September 2019. Plaintiff, then 68, was traveling on W. Fairmont Parkway in Harris County, Texas, when she was struck by a driver who ran a red light. The impact of the collision caused her vehicle to spin out of control, coming to rest only after hitting a concrete light pole. As a result, Plaintiff sustained serious injuries and was transported to Clear Lake Regional Hospital via EMS.
Nissan recently issued a recall for around 346,000 vehicles to replace defective Takata airbags. Takata airbags were first recalled in 2014, yet Nissan did not announce these vehicles contained defective airbags until January 2020. Authorized Nissan Dealerships began replacing the airbags on February 10, 2020.
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 Viktorin 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.