Takata Fined Over $70 Million for Exploding Air Bags
Recently, United States safety regulators fined Takata Corp. $70 million for concealing evidence for years about a dangerous defect within its airbags. The defect causes Takata airbags to explode and send shrapnel throughout the vehicle. This defect has been linked to eight deaths and over 100 injuries across the world.
Takata has entered into an agreement with the government to phase out manufacturing the airbag inflators with ammonium nitrate, which is believed to be responsible for the explosions. Takata has also agreed to a schedule for replacing the airbags existing in millions of vehicles nationwide. Further, investigations have expanded to all Takata airbags and if Takata cannot demonstrate its other inflators are safe, they too will be included in the recall.
Takata officials have admitted that they knew of the defect within the inflators for several years, but did not alert the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This delayed recall caused many more injuries and deaths and most occurred in high humidity states.
Takata Faces a Number of Lawsuits
Takata now faces hundreds of lawsuits from those injured or killed in accidents linked to the defective airbags. It is anticipated that many more lawsuits will be filed in the coming months and years as more accidents are linked to the defect. Alarmingly, Takata will likely continue to manufacturer airbags with the propellant ammonium nitrate for the next few years as the company phases it out. This means that if the propellant is the true cause of the defect, more injuries or deaths could occur in the coming years.
Those injured due to an automobile defect can seek compensation from the manufacturer of the automobile or the maker of the defective part. These product liability lawsuits can be complex and will require the assistance of an experienced defective automobile attorney, who can examine the facts and circumstances of what happened as well as take the necessary steps to obtain compensation.
Defective automobile accident victims should be eligible to seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and much more. These lawsuits not only provide compensation for the deserving accident victims, but also lead to vehicle manufacturers making safer and more crash-worthy vehicles.
There are a number of common defects that exist within automobiles, including roof crush or rollover defects, fuel system failures, seatbelt failures, airbag failures, defective tires and much more. If you have been injured in a crash and believe an automobile defect played a role in the accident, contact an attorney as soon as possible.
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