Takata Air Bags
The Problem: Defective and dangerous Takata airbags contain a propellant that may cause the airbag to explode in an accident, causing serious injuries or deaths.
The Response: Takata has recalled millions of these airbags. Contact your dealer to see if your car is one of the recalled vehicles.
What Can We Do to Help: Our experienced attorneys can review your medical records and advise you if filing a case is in your best interest.
The attorneys at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer are actively pursuing lawsuits on behalf of people who suffered injuries from a Takata Airbag as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
Have you or anyone you know been injured in a motor vehicle accident due to a defective Takata Airbag? Find out if you can seek compensation for your injuries by completing our free case evaluation.
According to NHTSA, the defective and dangerous Takata airbags contain a propellant that may cause the airbag to explode, rupture, or burst upon impact in an accident, shooting metal shrapnel from the casing towards the drivers or passengers causing serious injuries or deaths.
Takata Corporation, a Japan-based manufacturer, developed a more compact and reduced toxic fumed airbag in the 1990s. The redesigned airbags are inflated by an explosive base on a common compound used in fertilizer and is encased in a metal canister. By design, in the instant of an accident, the Takata airbags are to deploy in a split second, propelled by what’s called an inflator, which is a metal canister, bursting open and shooting out an airbag for safety. According to the investigations, the defect occurs in the inflator and propellant devices and was allegedly stored and handled incorrectly, causing it to react violently when a crash occurs.
Takata has made a nation-wide recall of more than 17 million vehicles, mostly manufactured before 2009, due to defective and dangerous airbags. Takata Corporation is believed to have sold defective and dangerous airbags to at least 15 different automakers dating as far back as 2001. The United States have focused more on cars sold or registered in states and territories with high humidity and temperatures, stating this may have been a contributing factor to the explosions. However, there have several injuries and deaths linked to exploding airbags in non-humid states as well.
According to Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) in August 2013 they received a complaint of a driver’s airbag inflator rupturing violently in a 2005 Honda Civic. In March 2014, ODI receive another complaint alleging a ruptured passenger’s airbag in a 2003 Toyota Corolla and in April 2014 ODI received a third complaint alleging a driver’s airbag rupturing in a 2005 Mazda 6. At that time of ODI discussing these incidents with Takata and during the course of its review, Takata identified two other incidents, one involving a passenger airbag in a 2004 Nissan Sentra and the other involving a driver’s airbag in a 2006 Dodge Charger. Since October 2014 automakers are warning the vehicle owners not to carry front-seat passengers until the airbags have been fixed. Automakers consider the Takata airbags to be so dangerous that the dealers are being told to immediately shut off passenger airbags if an owner comes in for recall repair and parts are not available.
To date, the alleged faulty airbags are included in a wide variety of vehicles, including:
- 2002 – 2003 TL
- 2002 CL
- 2003 – 2006 MDX
- 2005 Acura RL
- 2000 – 2005 3 Series Sedan and Wagon
- 2000 – 2006 3 Series Coupe and Convertible
- 2001 – 2006 M3 Coupe and Convertible
- 2004 – 2008 Chrysler 300
- 2007 – 2008 Aspen
- Dodge / RAM
- 2003 – 2008 Dodge RAM 1500
- 2005 – 2008 RAM 2500, Dakota, and Durango
- 2006 – 2007 Charger
- 2006 – 2008 RAM 3500 and 4500
- 2008 RAM 5500
- 2004 – 2005 Ranger
- 2006 – 2006 GT
- 2005 – 2008 Mustang
- 2001 – 2007 Accord (4 Cylinder)
- 2001 – 2002 Accord V-6
- 2001 – 2005 Civic
- 2002 – 2006 CR-V
- 2002 – 2004 Odyssey
- 2003 – 2011 Element
- 2003 – 2008 Pilot
- 2006 Ridgeline
- 2001 -2004 i30/i35
- 2002 – 2003 QX4
- 2003 – 2005 FX35/FX45
- 2006 M35/M45
- 2002 – 2005 SC430
- 2004 – 2008 Mazda 6
- 2006 – 2007 Mazdaspeed 6
- 2004 – 2008 RX-8
- 2004 – 2005 MPV
- 2004 B Series
- 2004 – 2005 Lancer
- 2006 – 2007 Raider
- 2001 – 2003 Maxima
- 2001 – 2004 Pathfinder
- 2002 – 2006 Sentra
- 2003 – 2005 Vibe
- 2005 9-2X
- 2003 – 2005 Baja, Legacy, Outback
- 2004 – 2005 Impreza, Impreza WRX & WRX STI
- 2002 – 2005 Corolla and Sequoia
- 2003 – 2005 Matrix, Tundra
If you or anyone you know owned one of these vehicles and had an accident or injury from a Takata Airbag, you could be entitled to compensation. The Takata Airbag Attorneys at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer are dedicated to holding Takata Corporation accountable for any injuries or deaths from these defective and dangerous airbags. Call Takata Airbag Attorneys today at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer or fill out the free case evaluation. We want to help you.