To date, Takata has been ordered to pay a record amount, $200 million in civil penalty fees for defective airbag parts igniting high explosive force causing injury and in some instances, death. The long-standing recall, dating back to 2002, has affected 19 million vehicles ranging from 12 auto manufacturers. It appears that no specific make and model automobile is safe from Takata’s defective airbag.
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Which Automobiles are Affected by the Takata Recall?
While the recall affects autos throughout the U.S., the highest priority for replacing Takata’s defective airbags are located in high absolute humidity states and territories. High absolute humidity areas include:
- Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Saipan, and U.S. Virgin Islands
Takata has been ordered to replace the airbags and will phase out the use of a propellant believed to be part of the cause of the airbag inflator ruptures. Among the 12 manufacturers containing defective airbags are:
So far, the 8th U.S. fatality caused by the rupture took place in 2015, with a total of 9 casualties worldwide.
How Do I Know if My Automobile is Under Recall?
The National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides a VIN search tool on its website that allows you to determine if your car contains a defective Takata airbag inflator. With your car’s VIN number, you can use the search feature to determine if your auto is under recall.
If your or someone you love has been injured due to defective airbag deployment, contact The Shelnutt & Varner Law Firm, the southeast’s leading defective product lawyers today. Our experienced product lawyers will evaluate your case for free and guide you through the legal process. We don’t charge fees upfront and we won’t collect our fees until we’ve won the settlement for you. Contact us today at 256-547-4988 to discuss your defective airbag part today with one of our experienced attorneys. We will make sure your rights as a consumer are protected.