Honda and Toyota have added about 1 million vehicles to the recall list for vehicles equipped with faulty Takata airbags. The new additions bring the list of vehicles recalled over problems with airbags sold by Takata to more than 34 million cars, making it the largest product recall in history.
About 465,000 Honda vehicles and an additional 600,000 Toyota models were recalled as part of the latest action by the two companies. The two automakers have been heavily affected by the Takata recall, with about 12 million of Honda and Toyota vehicles already recalled due to the company’s faulty airbags.
Problems with Takata’s airbags occurred due to problems with the ammonium nitrate explosive used in these products. Because of the volatility of ammonium nitrate, Takata airbags can explode unexpectedly, especially under humid conditions. These explosions could send metal fragments flying into a vehicle, putting drivers and passengers at risk of serious injury or death. At least 14 deaths and 100 injuries have been linked to faulty Takata airbags.
According to reports published by the New York Times, the automotive industry had warned about problems with Takata airbags a decade before the recall was announced. Despite the dozens of injuries and deaths linked to Takata airbags, a 2016 Senate investigation revealed that Takata was still using the faulty airbags in new vehicles.
Takata is facing numerous investigations and lawsuits as a result of the airbag recall, including a multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving several automakers and criminal investigation in the U.S. Takata has already agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud, pay $1 billion in penalties, and acknowledge that it made false reports as part of a scheme to convince automakers to use its faulty airbags in its vehicles.
In May 2016, BMW, Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota became the first automakers to exit the MDL over the Takata airbag recall. The companies agreed to pay a $553.6 million settlement as part of their role in the recall.
Lawsuits Filed Over the Takata Airbag Recall
If you are the owner of a vehicle involved in the Takata airbag recall, or if you or a loved one has been injured due to the accidental explosion of a Takata airbag, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against Takata or the manufacturer of the vehicle. The first step in taking legal action is to secure the assistance of experienced legal counsel who can guide you through the process of filing a case.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have the experience and knowledge to pursue product liability claims against Takata or any of the major auto manufacturers. We also have the financial resources to handle even the most complex cases from beginning to end. There are many instances when we have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in a case in order to take it to trial. Our attorneys are committed to achieving justice for our clients, whatever the cost.
For a free legal consultation and to find out more about filing a vehicle crashworthiness lawsuit, contact the attorneys of Heygood, Orr & Pearson. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few simple questions to get started.