Automakers, including: Honda, Nissan, Toyota, and Daihatsu have recalled more than 11 million additional vehicles this week. The latest reports from the dangerous Takata airbags that plagued the automotive industry in 2014 have revealed additional defects in Takata's airbag inflators.
Takata, a Japanese automotive supplier, is the worlds single largest airbag supplier. Nearly all of the automotive manufacturers across the world have installed the defective airbags in their vehicles.
The defects in Takata airbag inflators have been common knowledge in the industry since 2008 when the exploding shrapnel in the Takata airbags was first identified.
However, it was not until 2014, that more than 25 million vehicles were recalled. With the latest round of recalls, the Takata airbag recalls have topped 36 million vehicles.
In March, Takata released a new safety study that revealed that some of the companys airbag inflators were prone to moisture degradation that could cause the airbags to rupture.
In response to the new safety study, auto companies with affected vehicles have responded by expanding their earlier recalls.
Check Whether Your Car has Been Recalled
Consumers should take steps to identify whether their vehicles have been recalled and take their cars to dealerships to replace the defective airbag inflators.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides a safety recall Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) website that is easily accessible to the public.
If you suspect that your car may have been recalled, simply insert your VIN in the recall tool and identify all of the recalls associated with your vehicle in the last 15 years.
How We Can Help
The accident lawyers in our Knoxville office offer free consultation to individuals and families who have been injured after a defective airbag accident.
Airbags are supposed to protect individuals, and when they fail to do so, negligent companies should be held accountable for their actions.