Multiple Manufacturers Announce Expanded Takata Airbag Recall
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Feb 16, 2016 in Product Injury
The massive recall of faulty Takata airbags continues to grow, as multiple automobile manufacturers have announced expanded recalls. This recall is the largest in U.S. automotive history, affecting more than 34 million vehicles.
Takata airbags are being recalled on a massive scale due to a malfunction which causes the airbag inflators to explode. This causes pieces of shrapnel to be ejected into the passenger compartment of affected vehicles. To date, a minimum of 10 deaths, eight of which were in the U.S., have been linked to malfunctioning Takata airbags, and at least 139 injuries have been reported across all automobile brands affected by the recall.
If your vehicle is included in the recall, you may be entitled to compensation through a Takata lawsuit. Contact our South Bend product liability attorneys for a free consultation to learn more.
Seven Major Manufacturers Affected
This month alone, seven major automobile manufacturers have announced expanded Takata airbag recalls, affecting millions of vehicles. Brands affected include:
- Acura, the luxury brand produced by Honda
- General Motors
- Daimler, Mercedes-Benz vehicles and Sprinter Vans
Owners Urged to Seek Repair
Vehicle owners can look up their automobile’s vehicle identification number (VIN) using the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s VIN look-up tool. If owners discover their vehicles have been affected by the Takata airbag recall, they are urged to contact their dealership to schedule repairs.
Honda reports a recall repair rate of approximately 50 percent, not including the latest round of recalled automobiles. Many of the affected vehicles are older models which may have changed owners a number of times since their manufacture; a Honda representative speculates this could be one reason why the repair rate is so low.
The experienced South Bend personal injury lawyers at Pfeifer, Morgan & Stesiak are available to assist you as you pursue your claim for damages related to injuries caused by faulty Takata airbags. Let us fight to maximize compensation on your behalf.