BMW became the last major automaker to voluntarily agree with NHSTA demands to recall airbags made by the Takata Company. The recall will impact 140,000 vehicles made between 2004 and 2006. Although malfunctioning Takata airbags have been linked to at least five deaths, no BMW airbags have been implicated. Airbag manufacturer Takata maintains that no scientific reason exists to expand the recall nationally.
Takata airbags utilized faulty inflators, which during deployment explode with excessive force, firing shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The airbags have been linked to at least five deaths and dozens of injuries. Takata maintains that the current limited recall of airbags in automobiles operating in humid climates is sufficient to combat any public safety issues. The NHTSA however believes that effort falls short of addressing the ease with which US drivers can migrate to regions that could potentially put them at risk for injury. Takata claims to have tested over 1,000 inflators without experiencing a single failure.
Cars magazine reports that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has recently recalled their models with Takata airbags as well. They describe the move as a “field action” as no defects have been detected it would not be considered a recall.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries due to a faulty airbag, you may be entitled to significant compensation for medical bills and other damages. For more information and a free consultation concerning your claim, please contact Arentz Law Group P.C. by filling out the form on the right, or by calling 1-800-305-6000.