Millions of vehicles have now been recalled by Honda, Toyota, and other major auto-makers because airbags exploded, failed to deploy, opened without warning, or had other problems that can cause severe injury or even death.

Toyota has told North American dealers to stop selling six popular models with heated seats because a soft material beneath the seat covers does not comply with U.S. safety standards.

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Takata Airbag Recalls


 
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This website provides information regarding the reason for some of these recalls, the models affected, the problems that could arise and ultimately how you should proceed if you have been harmed as a result of driving one of these defective vehicles.


Please note: this is NOT a comprehensive list of Toyota vehicle recalls. To lookup safety recalls and service campaigns released since 1999 for Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles intended for sale or sold in the U.S., U.S. Territories, and Mexico
Visit Toyota's Official Site.

 

When someone suffers an injury as the result of somebody else's action or negligence it may be expected that the person or their insurance company will step up and offer a fair settlement. Unfortunately, that rarely happens.

Takata Corporation is an automotive parts company based in Japan. The company was founded in 1933 to produce lifelines for parachutes, and other textiles,but by the 1960s, Takata had started to produce seat-belts.
In the 1980s the company changed its name to "Takata Corporation" and expanded to Korea, the United States, and Ireland. In the 1990s Takata expanded internationally; in 2000, Takata Corporation acquired German competitor Petri AG, forming the European subsidiary Takata-Petri, renamed Takata AG in early 2012. Takata AG makes steering wheels and plastic parts for multiple industries.

In May 1995, app. 8,428,402 predominantly Japanese vehicles with seat belts manufactured by the Takata Corporation were recalled, the "second largest recall in the 30 year history of the Department of Transportation (DOT)" at the time. The recall was prompted by an investigation by the NHTSA after multiple complaints of seat belt buckles either failing to latch, latching and releasing automatically, or releasing in accidents. A nine-month investigation by NHTSA concluded that the cause of the defect was that the buckles were made of ABS plastic; through exposure to ultraviolet light over a period of time, the plastic became brittle and pieces fell off, causing a jamming of the release button mechanism.
The manufacturers involved agreed to a voluntary recall, though this did not go smoothly, with only 18% of the 8.9 million cars and trucks with the Takata belt buckle having been repaired two years after the recall had begun. In addition, NHTSA assessed a $50,000 civil penalty against both Honda and Takata for failing to notify the agency about the seat belt defect in a timely manner.

Defective airbag recalls:

Takata began making airbags in 1988. In April and May 2013, a total of 3.6 million cars were recalled due to defective Takata airbags. All of those airbags used inflator units manufactured by Takata's Monclova Plant in Coahuila, Mexico.
In June 2014, Takata admitted their Mexican subsidiary had mishandled the manufacture of explosive propellants and improperly stored chemicals used in airbags. Identifying vehicles with defective airbags was made more difficult by the failure of the company to keep proper quality control records. That prompted another round of recalls in June 2013.

On June 23, 2014, in response to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation initiated after three injury complaints, auto manufactures BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, and Toyota announced they were recalling over three million vehicles worldwide due to Takata airbags because the airbags could rupture and send flying debris inside the vehicle.
On November 18, 2014, the NHTSA ordered Takata to initiate a nationwide airbag recall. The action came as 10 automakers in the U.S. recalled hundreds of thousands of cars equipped with potentially faulty air bags manufactured by Takata.

As of May 19, 2015, Takata has become responsible for the largest auto recall in history, with app. 34 million vehicles having been equipped with "Airbags that could explode and potentially send shrapnel into the face and body of both the driver and front seat passenger".

Six fatalities and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the Takata airbags, and in some cases the incidents were horrific, with metal shards penetrating a driver's face and neck. Yet as awful as they are, such incidents are very rare. In June of 2015, Takata stated that it was aware of 88 ruptures in total: 67 on the driver's side and 21 on the passenger's side, out of what it calculated was just over 1.2 million airbag deployments spread over 15 years. Despite these figures, airbags in general are not a danger. The Department of Transportation estimates that between 1987 and 2012, frontal airbags have saved 37,000 lives.

How do I know whether my car is affected by the recall?

There are several ways to check whether your specific car is affected. You can enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) found in the lower driver-side corner of the windshield (observable from outside the vehicle) into NHTSA's online VIN-lookup tool. If your vehicle is affected, the site will tell you so.
NHTSA also has a list of vehicles available for a quick review, and the manufacturers have ownership sections on their websites for such information. Alternatively, you can call any franchised dealer for your car brand.

Brent Cordell is currently accepting defective airbag induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately for a free case consultation. For more information call us today at 1-844-8LEGAL8 (1-844-853-4258)for a free consultation.

The US Government applies certain regulations on manufacturers to insure against defective products; but those regulations often go unenforced, and may lack the sufficient penalties to curb abuse.
As consumers, we trust that the products we purchase meet certain standards for safety. In most cases this trust is well founded, but unfortunately defective and dangerous products still do find their way into our homes, hospitals, offices and businesses.

If you have sustained injuries or substantial property damage because of a product defect you may have a product liability claim.

Product liability relates to any harm to consumers stemming from marketing misrepresentation, manufacturing defects, poor design, labeling errors, or the failure to warn of specific side effects or additional risks.
An experienced product liability attorney helps individuals in the prosecution of reckless or negligent manufacturers who distribute defective or mislabeled products. Product liability lawsuits are often the consumer's most effective weapon against unreasonably dangerous products. If you or a loved one have been injured by the failure of a dangerous or defective product, Houston, Texas based personal injury attorney Brent M. Cordell can inform you of your legal rights and options.

 
If you have suffered any sort of injury as a result of a defective Takata airbag, you have the right to hold the manufacturer responsible for your injuries. Brent M. Cordell specializes in product liability and can help you review the facts of your case, complete the necessary paperwork, understand relevant laws, and ultimately receive the damages you deserve.
 

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