In light of a mounting global scandal, involving the recall of millions of vehicles
containing airbags manufactured by Takata Industries, the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration has announced that it would like to see recall efforts extended
beyond the most humid regions of the country. This change has been spurred by two
recent incidents in California and South Carolina, two states that are not currently
covered by Takata’s voluntary outreach. Senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal
applaud the action the actions taken by the NHTSA saying in a joint statement, “Regional
recalls make little sense as a matter of policy because cars – let alone the Americans who
drive them – are not bound by state lines, and needlessly put lives at risk”.
Utilizing an unstable chemical compound, ammonium nitrate, as a propellant, Takata
airbags are known to explode with incredible force in the event of an accident causing
further injury to passengers. In some cases the deployment of these airbags has led to
death, as discussed in this recent ABC News report.
As of November 20th, Takata Industries has only set aside $400 million dollars for
limited recall efforts worldwide. Having tested nearly 1000 inflators outside the regions
affected by the current recall Takata feels the amount more than adequate. However, as
federal inquiries get under way, millions of vehicles may be at risk of experiencing the
potentially fatal malfunction.
If Takata continues to refuse to extend the recall nationally the Justice Department may
order it do so, charging up to $35 million in fines.
If you have been injured following the deployment of your airbag you may be able to file
your own Takata lawsuit. Contact a highly trained personal injury attorney for Arentz
Law Group P.C. today by calling 1-800-305-6000, or by filling out the contact form on
the right side of this page to schedule your free case evaluation.