Takata Airbag Recall Continues

Takata Corporation, the Japanese maker of air bags used by auto manufacturers, is accused of selling faulty airbags to at least 11 different automakers dating back as far as 2001. The problem with these airbags is that they can rupture and spray shards of metal at drivers and front-seat passengers. The first reported airbag shrapnel ejection occurred in 2004, however, Takata apparently tried to conceal the incident and did not issue a recall until 2008.

Further scrutiny by experts shows that in high-humidity environments, like the Tampa Bay area and the rest of Florida, moisture can seep inside the airbag inflator and destabilize the chemical explosive. This can lead to an airbag explosion even after a minor accident.

2900548360_0b564a1036_zNumerous people have been injured, blinded or killed after these airbags sent metal and plastic shards flying through a vehicle. Just last month the government added 4.74 million U.S.-market vehicles sold by Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and General Motors to the recall list for housing faulty Takata airbags. This is a serious safety concern, which is why the owners of vehicles that contain Takata airbags are urged to have the vehicle repaired as soon as possible.

More than 14 million vehicles from 11 automakers have been recalled for the defect to date, with most of these recalls occurring in the last two years. Takata’s faulty airbags have been linked to at least four deaths and more than 100 injuries, dating back to 2004.

A full list of recalled vehicles can be found below:

BMW

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

Ford

2004 – Ranger

2005 – 2006 GT

2005 – 2007 Mustang

Mitsubishi

2004 – 2005 Lancer

2006 – 2007 Raider

Nissan

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

Honda

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

Mazda

2003 – 2007 Mazda 6

2006 – 2007 Mazdaspeed6

2004 – 2008 Mazda RX-8

2004 – 2005 MPV

2004 – B-Series Truck

Subaru

2003 – 2005 Baja

2003 – 2005 Legacy

2003 – 2005 Outback

2004 – 2005 Impreza

Toyota

2002 – 2005 Lexus SC

2002 – 2005 Toyota Corolla

2003 – 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix

2002 – 2005 Toyota Sequoia

2003 – 2005 Toyota Tundra

The Tampa Bay Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are currently investigating Takata airbag lawsuits. We are offering free legal consultations to all injured parties, as well as the families of victims who may have been harmed by these defective bags manufactured by Takata. To learn more about your legal options and rights, please call us today at 813-221-3200 or 727-823-0000. You can reach us anytime statewide and toll-free at 866-608-5529 or through our online contact form.

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