By: Allan M. Siegel
After fighting with the Department of Transportation for the last year,
Takata has finally agreed to expand its recall of airbag inflators to
all 50 states. It is also going to expand its recall to include more vehicles,
recalling defective airbags in
almost 34 million vehicles. Takata and the 10 affected automakers have yet to find a definitive cause
for the defect that causes the airbag inflators to break apart due to
excessive pressure – sending shrapnel into the faces and bodies
of passengers and drivers in automobile crashes.
Since the recall began, Takata has detonated almost 27,000 airbag inflators
from recalled cars. The failure rates have been much higher than Takata
originally disclosed when it testified before Congress, and Honda and
Toyota drivers are most at risk of the defect. Driver’s-side airbags
in 2004 – 2007 Toyota Corolla and Matrix models and 2004 –
2007 Honda Accord models, had the highest failure rates, at 2.16 percent.
That means that for the 5.2 million vehicles made in those model years,
one in 46 have a defective airbag. Passenger-side airbag inflators in
2001-2006 Honda Civics and 2003 Accords had .51-percent failure rates.
Faulty inflators affecting BMW, Chrysler, and other automakers had failure
rates of .07 and .9 percent.
To date Takata has admitted that it knows of 63 airbag inflators that ruptured
in crashes in the U.S., with at least six fatalities, all of them in Honda
vehicles, and 139 injuries. Despite Takata increasing production of replacement
parts to 450,000 parts per month, recall repairs and replacements have
slow, with only 12 percent of the 17 million cars affected in the U.S.
already recalled having been fixed.
The personal injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel,
P.C. are dedicated to holding companies responsible when their negligence
injures innocent people. If you or someone you love has been injured as
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