Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata Corp. announced today it is doubling the size of its airbag recall to 34 million vehicles.
Roughly one in seven vehicles in the United States is equipped with the faulty airbags, making this recall one of the largest in history for consumer products. The announcement is a major win for the U.S. government as they have finally got the airbag maker to formally admit there were problems with the airbags.
Motorists who own these vehicles are at risk for being injured or killed as the airbags have been known to explode, ripping apart a metal canister that holds the soft airbag and spraying out metal shrapnel into the driver and passengers faces and bodies.
At least six people have died and hundreds more were injured from the defective air bag explosions mostly in vehicles manufactured by Honda Motors. Other manufacturers equipped with these airbags include models that go back as far as 2001 from BMW, General Motors, Ford, Mazda, Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Nissan and Toyota.
Consumers may visit this website launched by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to see if their vehicle is included in the recall.
“These defective airbags are tragedies waiting to happen,” said Attorney James Johnson, who handles personal injury and lemon law cases for Southern California clients. “Check to see if your car is one of those affected and get it fixed immediately.”
If you have been injured by a defective airbag or you think your vehicle qualifies as a lemon under California or federal laws, contact Johnson Attorneys Group at 800-235-6801 for a free, honest case evaluation.