We have discussed the dangers of Takata airbags in our blog before –
back in January 2016 – and how they have caused more than 10 deaths worldwide and countless
injuries. In fact, if you type in “dangerous car part” or
“defective airbag” into any search engine, you are going to
get article after article warning consumers about the life-threatening
hazards Takata Corp. airbags create. With an international recall underway
and millions of vehicles and airbag inflators recalled, you might have
thought that we were all through the worst of this scandal. But you might be wrong.
Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of our home state of Florida recently looked
into the scope of the dangers Takata had created and found that more than
170,000 brand new vehicles were rolling off production lines with the very same
recalled airbags in them. Fiat Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Toyota, and Volkswagen,
in particular, were the top four worst offenders, apparently ignoring
all the headlines and conducting business as usual as if nothing happened.
How are Takata Airbags Still a Thing?
Automakers are still using the defective airbags due to a couple legal
loopholes. Firstly, the recall is not finalized yet so they can use whatever
parts they want in their vehicles. Secondly, evidence suggests that the
airbags become dangerous after a few years of exposure to humid and hot
conditions; the reckless belief is that no one will be put in danger until
the recall targets these new 2016 and 2017 model vehicles.
If that didn’t disappoint you enough, there is more troubling news
about the recall process so far. Roughly half of all inflators that have
been replaced through the recall – which is still only 2.1 million
of the approximate 30+ million required – are being replaced with
similar or identical parts. Given a few years or less, the airbags will
once again become dangerous.
When all is said and done, things are not playing out in favor of the consumer.
Please refer to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s
full list of recalled vehicles – by clicking
here – to see if your vehicle might be a danger in waiting. If you have
already been hurt in a
car accident and you suspect a defective airbag made it worse, call
866.675.4427 to talk to Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC. One of our Stuart
personal injury lawyers would be happy to review your case and explain
your legal options during a
free initial consultation.