VW and GM recall more than 7 million vehicles with Takata airbags in China

by Charles Miller

Volkswagen and General Motors have announced that they will recall more than 7 million vehicles worldwide that were equipped with faulty Takata airbags. The recalls include more than 2.5 million Saab, Opel, Chevrolet, and Buick models sold in China by GM and another 4.86 million Chinese vehicles sold by VW.

Takata airbags have been linked to at least 16 deaths and 180 injuries due to a manufacturing defect that can cause the accidental explosion of the cartridges which inflate the airbag. These accidental explosions could cause metal shrapnel inside the airbag to be sent flying into the vehicle, leading to serious injuries or deaths. More than 100 million vehicles sold by Toyota, Honda, and other auto manufacturers that were equipped with Takata airbags have been recalled in what is now the largest automotive recall in history.

Volkswagen announced earlier this month that it was recalling millions of vehicles in China that were equipped with airbags sold by Takata. The recall includes more than 100,000 vehicles sold by VW China, 2.35 million vehicles sold by FAW-Volkswagen, and 2.4 million vehicles sold by SAIC Volkswagen. Chinese authorities say that the recall will begin in March 2018 and continue through 2019.

Now General Motors officials have also announced that they will recall millions more vehicles that were also equipped with the faulty Takata airbags. The recall will include more than 13,000 Saab and Opel vehicles sold in China and more than 2.5 million Chevy and Buick vehicles. The recall of GM’s Saab and Opel models is scheduled to begin in late October 2017; the company’s recall of the affected Chevy and Buick models will begin in late December.

In addition to the roughly 20 million vehicles with Takata airbags that have been recalled in China, automakers have also recalled about 70 million vehicles in the U.S. that were equipped with the faulty airbags. The recalled vehicles include cars sold by Acura, Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Honda, GMC, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Subaru, Toyota, and Volkswagen. A list of the recalled models with Takata airbags is available on our website.

Lawsuits Filed Over Injuries Caused by Faulty Takata Airbags

If you or a loved one was injured as a result of the accidental airbag explosion of a Takata airbag, you may qualify to file a lawsuit against Takata or the manufacturer of the vehicle. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an attorney to advise you regarding your legal rights and walk you through the first steps in filing a case.

For a free legal consultation and to find out whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit against Takata or automakers who sold cars equipped with the company’s airbags, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can reach us by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few brief questions to get started.


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by Charles Miller

Charles Miller is a licensed attorney and a partner at Heygood, Orr & Pearson. Charles focuses his practice on areas of complex commercial litigation and personal injury litigation.