Lawyer for Takata Airbag Lawsuit Settlement Claim and Compensation
Lawyer for Takata Airbag Lawsuit Settlement Claim and Compensation
Takata Airbag Death or Injury Claims Attorneys
Lawsuits are being filed across the United States demanding monetary compensation for injuries or death caused by defective airbags such as Takata. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law are providing free consultations to people who have been injured by an airbag or the family of the decedent who lost their life due to a defective airbag.
What is the Problem with Takata Airbags?
Many Takata Airbags have a very serious manufacturing defect. The defect has to do with the materials composing the airbag. The materials that make up the composition of the airbag are hard and become shrapnel-like projectiles when the airbag is deployed. These projectiles can result in serious injuries and even death to the passenger or passengers inside the vehicle during the airbag deployment.
Auto Airbag Recall List
A complete list of Takata Airbag Recalled Vehicle can be found at the NHTSA Takata Recall List. People are advised to search the NHTSA Takata Recall List to see if their vehicle is included in the recall. If your vehicle or vehicles are included in the recall, you are advised to contact your local dealership to have your airbag replaced. It is also advised that you do not to purchase any used vehicle that is listed on the recall list to ensure your safety. Be sure to obtain the airbag serial numbers on your work order once the work has been completed for future resell or a potential future recall.
How to Find Out if Your Car is Subject to the Takata Airbag Recall
The Takata airbag recall is the largest safety recall in United States history, and it will take a long time for every defective airbag to be replaced. As such, it is important that all car owners are aware of the recall and know whether or not the it applies to their vehicles. Automakers have been sending recall notices to car owners. However, these notices do not always reach the consumer.
It is unfortunate that lives have been lost and hundreds have been injured because of defective airbags that should never have been placed in vehicles in the first place. Takata's knowledge of the defects and decision to conceal negative safety data continues to place millions of people at risk for suffering injuries or death given that not all defective Takata airbags have been replaced.
Both the Department of Justice and the NHTSA are hopeful that the recent indictment of Takata top-level executives will send a message to other manufacturers that there will be criminal and monetary consequences of placing human life at risk by ignoring critical safety information.
Takata Airbag Recall VIN Check
The NHTSA provides updated information on what cars are affected and also allows car owners to input their vehicle's VIN to find out if their car is, in fact, subject to the Takata airbag recall.
To check your car’s VIN, go to https://www.nhtsa.gov/recall-spotlight/takata-air-bags.
The Takata Airbag Recall – Manufacturer Hit with $1 Billion Fine
More than 64 million Takata airbags have been recalled in the United States, affecting a significant number of automakers that sell vehicles both inside and outside the United States. In 2015, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration ("NHTSA") began a national recall of certain Takata airbags that have been linked to eleven deaths and more than 180 injuries.
While many defective Takata airbags have now been replaced, tens of millions of others still remain. As the Takata airbag story has unfolded over the past couple of years, the Department of Justice recently indicted top-level Takata executives for concealing safety information about its airbags from regulators, automakers, and consumers, according to the Washington Post.
Takata Pleads Guilty to Fraud
Takata is the second largest provider of airbags for automakers from around the world. The defective airbags designed and manufactured by Takata allegedly failed safety tests of which the company was fully aware. This negative information was deleted by certain Takata executives, and falsified information was provided to automakers that rely on accurate safety information to ensure they are not placing consumers at risk.
Because of this conduct, Takata has pleaded guilty to fraud and has been ordered to pay $25 million to resolve the criminal matter. Additionally, Takata was ordered to pay automakers $850 million as well as $125 million to the injured and deceased victims of airbag-related injuries. These collective fines total $1 Billion.
One Billion Dollar Settlement Against Takata for Exploding Airbags and Falsified Testing
Our Attorneys Report on the Billion Dollar Settlement Against Takata for Exploding Airbags and Falsified Testing
Takata, the Japanese company and word's largest manufacturer of airbags, has agreed to pay $1 billion dollars in criminal sanctions for failing to disclose defects that caused airbags to explode. Takata airbags have been linked to at least fifteen fatalities and hundreds of injury victims. The company must pay restitution of $850 million to automakers that equipped vehicles with the faulty airbags. Takata also was ordered to contribute $125 million toward a fund that will be used to compensate victims of the exploding airbags. The final component of the award includes a $25 million criminal penalty.
The company and three executives entered a guilty plea to wire fraud charges stemming from acts related to the sale of the faulty airbags. The Department of Justice (DOJ) based its case on allegations that Takata knew that certain ammonium nitrate-based inflators failed to perform. However, the company allegedly provided false test reports to auto manufacturers to entice them into purchasing the defective inflators according to the DOJ. The indictment filed by the DOJ indicated the airbag manufacturer became aware that the inflators were failing or rupturing during testing approximately fifteen years ago.
These penalties follow in the wake of a $70 million settlement with federal auto safety regulators in 2015. The prior settlement between Takata and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was based on the grounds that the airbag manufacturer was aware of the defect in its inflators but failed to implement timely recalls. Takata admitted that the company provided the NHTSA with “selective, incomplete or inaccurate data.” The airbag manufacturer reportedly learned of the continuing scheme to mislead regulators and the public about the safety of the airbags about six years ago but elected not to take action against the responsible executives or to take other actions to prevent the scheme from continuing. Media reports indicate that the executives actually were promoted after the scheme became known to the company.
The injuries and fatalities associated with the faulty airbags were reportedly caused by inflators that explode with excessive force, propelling shrapnel at vehicle occupants. Tragically, many of the victims of the defective airbags suffered permanent debilitating injuries or wrongful death in low-speed collisions that would not have been expected to cause serious injury or death.
The DOJ estimates that over sixty million faulty airbag inflators were installed in nearly 42 million U.S. vehicles. While the initial recalls were limited to geographic regions with high temperatures and humidity, incidents involving injuries and fatalities in other areas of the U.S. revealed that the chemicals used to inflate the airbag could become unsafe despite the vehicle being from a different climate. According to U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, the ammonium nitrate used to inflate the airbags can deteriorate with both heat fluctuations and the passage of time.
Despite recall efforts, the public still faces a significant safety threat because of the exploding airbags. Although approximately 70 million airbags manufactured by Takata have been or will be recalled, many of the vehicles on the road are still equipped with the airbags. The recalls are not expected to be completed until 2018. The NHTSA has referred to the Takata airbag recall as the “largest and most complex auto safety recall in U.S. history.”
Motorists worried about whether their vehicle is equipped with the shrapnel spewing airbags are advised by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to consult SaferCar.gov. While companies that manufacture vehicles and their components have a legal duty to produce vehicles that are safe for consumers, defective vehicle claims present factual and legal challenges. The defendants are well funded and familiar with the prospect of facing litigation. These cases also involve complex scientific data and expert testimony about the manufacturing processes. An experienced Atlanta defective vehicle attorney can assist you in navigating these difficult issues in pursuit of the fullest financial recovery.
The Time You Have to Recover Monetary Compensation is Limited
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If you or a loved one has suffered injuries resulting from a defective Takata Airbag that has been recalled, consider discussing your situation with Montlick & Associates. With more than thirty-three years of experience, Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law continues to provide legal representation to injured clients.
The Takata Airbag Investigation Widened to Include Side Airbags
Recently, the largest United States auto parts recall that we have been covering over the last several months just became even bigger. The Takata airbag investigation has widened to include side airbags. Previously, the investigation focused on airbags situates in the front driver and passenger seats. If the company does find their side airbags are defective as well, the investigation will become even more massive.
So far, the Takata airbag recall involves 19 million vehicles produced by 12 different car manufacturers in the United States. Millions more vehicles have been recalled overseas. Recently, General Motors recalled 400 vehicles across the country when their side airbags failed during testing.
Defective Takata airbags have been known to rupture in the event of a crash, sending metal fragments flying throughout the vehicle. Thus far, the defective airbags have unfortunately been linked to eight deaths and dozens of injuries. Although original investigations were limited to older airbags, the investigation rapidly expanded to all model years when it uncovered even newer airbags possessed the defect.
The company actually believes the two recalls, one of older models and the other concerning new models, are distinct. They believe the older car recall was linked to aging and long-term exposure to heat and humidity, while the newer vehicle recall is likely due to one of the chemical compounds used to inflate the Takata airbags.
Consult with an Attorney if You are Injured by a Defective Airbag
If you have been injured due to a defective airbag, consult with an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can investigate the facts and circumstances of your claim as well as take the necessary steps to protect your rights. Accidents linked to defective airbags are still occurring and a number of older accidents are still being attributed to the deadly defect. Anyone injured by an airbag should be eligible to receive compensation from the auto parts maker.
The Takata airbag recall is just one of many recalls impacting vehicles across the United States. It is important that all vehicle owners register their VIN number with their vehicle manufacturer so that they receive notification in the event of a new recall issued involving the vehicle. If you have not checked for recalls recently, go online to your vehicle manufacturer's website and input your vehicle identification number to ensure your vehicle has not been involved in a recall. Always take prompt action if your vehicle is recalled and ensure all necessary repairs are made. If you are injured in an accident and believe a defective automobile part played a role in causing the accident or your injuries, consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
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