After repeatedly denying and refusing to believe that their airbags were defective even though multiple incidents were reported, on May 19, 2015, Takata finally acknowledged the obvious and admitted that their airbags were defective.
As a result, Takata has agreed to double the number of vehicles originally recalled in the United States to nearly 34 million. This recent development will now make it the largest automotive recall in American vehicle history.
Click here to read the full New York Times article: Airbag Recall Widens to 34 Million Cars as Takata Admits Defects
The problem with the air bags is with the inflators, which have exploded when involved in accidents causing shards of sharp metal into the vehicle. Takata reports that manufacturing problems, together with exposure to moisture in cars in humid regions, can cause the propellant to degrade. This causes the propellant to burn too strongly when the airbag is deployed, and ruptures the inflator.
At this time, it is unknown which models of cars would be recalled until coordination is completed with automakers, and what the final tally will be. Previously, ten automakers have already recalled vehicles because of this defect.
Americans rely on manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed product. Sadly, that is not often the case. The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm have successfully represented many people injured from defective autos such as Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, GM, and their component parts. Additionally, we have successfully represented people injured by defective helmets, bicycles, motorcycles, fuel pumps, brakes, car seats, seat belts, air bags, table saws, pumps, industrial machinery used in the workplace, barbeques, heating systems, and numerous other household and industrial products.
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