Takata Airbag Recall – What You Should Know
For the past few months, news reports and questions have swirled around automobile airbags which have exploded and caused personal injury to those who have these devices in their cars. At issue specifically are the propellants and inflators used when an airbag deploys upon impact. These defects have resulted in projectiles from these systems hitting and injuring drivers.
Takata, perhaps the most prolific of those manufacturing these airbags has been slow to come around and take any responsibility for possible defects in their products. Between the U.S. government and several auto manufacturers, the tide is starting to turn, allowing for progress in recalls and replacements of the affected airbag systems.
To date, at least 24 automobile brands (see list below) are thought to carry defective airbags, meaning literally millions of cars are at risk of potentially injuring operators and occupants. Cars from Chrysler to BMW are carrying these systems and all companies concerned are at the very least paying attention, if not taking action.
Media outlets spanning from the N.Y. Times to national broadcast news have reported on the problem. Action is currently underway by the Justice Department and finally response from Takata itself has begun to surface.
Takata has now begun production of replacement deployment systems for their airbag products and recently acknowledged their less than speedy response by agreeing to fines set forth by the U.S. government.
What this Means to You:
- If you have been injured in any type of automobile collision involving deployment of airbags in your car, you should seek legal council. My office has set up specific protocols and procedures to deal specifically with your case.
- If your car carries a Takata airbag system, and you have met resistance from a dealer or manufacturer for replacement, we urge you to call our office immediately.
While this matter is ongoing, you don’t have to sit back and wait. Problems with these systems have been reported as far back as 2004. Only now, Takata has taken steps to acknowledge and hopefully rectify these issues.
My clients will be served on all levels of any action necessary to make sure their automobile is free of these problems and safe to drive. Any questions can directed to my office at 978-745-5151.
Current List of Cars Impacted: (As reported by Car & Driver Blog “Massive Takata Airbag Recall: Everything You Need to Know” May 20, 2015 by Clifford Atiyeh and Rusty Blackwell http://blog.caranddriver.com/massive-takata-airbag-recall-everything-you-need-to-know-including-full-list-of-affected-vehicles/
AFFECTED VEHICLES (total number if known in parentheses):
Acura: 2002–2003 TL; 2002 CL; 2003–2006 MDX; 2005 Acura RL
BMW (approximately 765,000): 2000–2005 3-series sedan and wagon; 2000–2006 3-series coupe and convertible; 2001–2006 M3 coupe and convertible
Chrysler (approximately 2.88 million, including Dodge): 2004–2008 Chrysler 300; 2007–2008 Aspen
Dodge/Ram (approximately 2.88 million, including Chrysler): 2003–2008 Dodge Ram 1500; 2004–2008 Ram 2500, Dakota, and Durango; 2004–2007 Charger; 2004–2008 Ram 3500 and 4500; 2008 Ram 5500
Ford (538,977): 2004–2005 Ranger; 2005–2006 GT; 2005–2008 Mustang
Honda (approximately 5.5 million, including Acura): 2001–2007 Accord (four-cylinder); 2001–2002 Accord (V-6); 2001–2005 Civic; 2002–2006 CR-V; 2002–2004 Odyssey; 2003–2011 Element; 2003–2008 Pilot; 2006 Ridgeline
Infiniti: 2001–2004 Infiniti I30/I35; 2002–2003 Infiniti QX4; 2003–2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45; 2006 Infiniti M35/M45
Lexus: 2002–2007 SC430
Mazda (330,000, est): 2004–2008 Mazda 6; 2006–2007 Mazdaspeed 6; 2004–2008 Mazda RX-8; 2004–2005 MPV; 2004 B-series
Mitsubishi (11,985): 2004–2005 Lancer; 2006–2007 Raider
Nissan (approximately 1,091,000, including Infiniti): 2001–2003 Maxima; 2001–2004 Pathfinder; 2002–2006 Nissan Sentra
Pontiac: 2003–2005 Vibe
Saab: 2005 9-2X
Subaru (17,516): 2003–2005 Baja, Legacy, Outback; 2004–2005 Impreza, Impreza WRX, Impreza WRX STI
Toyota (approximately 1,514,000, including Lexus and Pontiac Vibe): 2002–2007 Toyota Corolla and Sequoia; 2003–2007 Matrix; 2003–2006 Tundra; 2004–2005 RAV4