Takata Airbag Class Action Case

On Wednesday, October 29 , 2014, the Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wrote a letter to Takata Corporation urging them to speed up the production of airbag recall repair parts. Currently there are 7.78 million automobiles under recall for containing defective airbags manufactured by Takata. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also urged drivers of those vehicles to avoid driving with passengers in their cars until their airbags could be replaced.

Until the defect can be repaired or replaced, Takata is urging all drivers whose vehicles are on the recall list, to disable the passenger side airbag and keep the seat empty as a temporary solution. According to a public statement Takata issued, they “deeply regret that the recent recalls of vehicles equipped with our airbags have likely raised significant concerns and troubles to our product users, our customers, and other stakeholders.”

Takata’s Exploding Airbags

Takata is under fire for producing faulty and defective airbags since 2001 and knowingly continuing to manufacturer these defective airbags. To date, Takata defective airbags have allegedly been responsible for 139 injuries and at least 4 deaths. In addition, consumers who purchased or leased a defective automobile in the last 13 years may have seen the value of their vehicle diminished due to the recall.

The defect has been blamed on excessive moisture that was caused by the improper storage and manufacturing of explosive propellant used in their airbags. The result is a ticking time bomb-and airbags have been known to explode at the slightest contact, causing pieces of metal debris to fly through the car and into passengers and drivers.

Earlier this month, the first class action lawsuit was filed against Takata Corporation and automobile manufacturers, Honda, Toyota, BMW, and Ford. The lawsuit alleges that not only did Takata manufacture defective airbags for over a decade, but that they also knew of these defects, and they did not notify the public or fix the defect.

What Should You Do?
It is important to determine if your vehicle was one of the vehicles affected by this massive recall. You can visit NHTSA for specific recall information, or you can call the Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

Vehicles that have been affected by this recall include:

Car Model/MakeYear
Acura MDX2003-2006
Acura RL2005
Acura TL/CL2002-2003
BMW 3 Series Convertible2000-2006
BMW 3 Series Coupe2000-2006
BMW 3 Series Sedan2000-2005
BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon2000-2005
BMW M3 Convertible2001-2006
BMW M3 Coupe2001-2006
Chrysler 3002005-2008
Chrysler Aspen2007-2008
Dodge Dakota2005-2008
Dodge Durango2005-2008
Dodge Ram2003-2008
Dodge Ram 25002005-2008
Dodge Ram 35002006-2008
Dodge Ram 45002006-2008
Dodge Ram 55002008
Ford GT2005-2006
Ford Mustang2005-2007
Ford Ranger2004
Honda Accord2001-2007
Honda Civic2001-2005
Honda CR-V2002-2006
Honda Element2003-2011
Honda Odyssey2002-2004
Honda Pilot2003-2007
Honda Ridgeline2006
Infiniti FX35/FX452003-2005
Infiniti I30/I352001-2004
Lexus SC2002-2004
Mazda B-Series Truck2004
Mazda MPV2005
Mazda RX-82004-2008
Mitsubishi Lancer2004-2005
Mitsubishi Raider2006-2007
Nissan Maxima2001-2003
Nissan Pathfinder2001-2004
Nissan Sentra2002-2004
Pontiac Vibe2003-2005
Saab 9-2x2005
Subaru Baja2003-2005
Subaru Impreza2004-2005
Subaru Legacy2003-2005
Subaru Outback2003-2005
Toyota Corolla2002-2005
Toyota Corolla Matrix2003-2005
Toyota Sequoia2002-2005
Toyota Tundra2003-2005

Contact National Product Liability Attorneys

Golomb Legalis currently investigating air bag manufacturer Takata Corporation and helping affected individuals take part in a national class action lawsuit. We believe that owners of affected vehicles are now in possession of a car with diminished value. As such, we are currently seeking owners in Pennsylvania and across the United States whose vehicles have been the subject of a Takata airbag recall to serve as class action representatives in statewide and nationwide class action lawsuits.