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Understanding Takata Air Bag Recalls

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Tens of millions of vehicles are equipped with Takata air bags. While this should be good news and contribute to car safety features, many Takata air bags are extremely defective and under recall.

In the first round of recalls, heat and humidity were able to disrupt the airbags, causing them to explode upon deployment. Instead of saving lives, these airbags caused injuries and death to many consumers.

The more recent round of recalls features airbags that fail to inflate, underinflate, or explode while inflating.

In both recalls, metal parts and shrapnel have the potential to seriously injure or kill innocent drivers.

How Many Air Bags Were Affected?

Approximately 63 million Takata air bags have been recalled since May of 2013. The last recall affected BMW 3 Series cars and was issued on December 4, 2019.

Update (4/20/20): Nissan has recalled over 250,000 vehicles to replace Takata air bags, so the last recall was issued on April 20, 2020.

Many of the recalled air bags are considered “Alpha” air bags because they pose a higher risk of dangerous air bag explosion. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is encouraging drivers with Alpha air bags to avoid driving their vehicles until the air bags have been repaired. For a list of vehicles with Alpha air bags, please click here.

Does My Vehicle Have a Defective Air Bag?

The only way to know whether or not your vehicle has a defective Takata airbag is to check for recalls using your 17-character vehicle identification number (VIN).

Nevertheless, the following vehicle makes have been recalled for air bag replacement:

  • Acura (Honda)
  • Audi (VW)
  • BMW
  • Cadillac (GM)
  • Chevrolet (GM)
  • Chrysler
  • Daimler Trucks North America (Sterling Bullet)
  • Daimler Vans USA LLC (Sprinter)
  • Dodge/Ram (Chrysler)
  • Ferrari
  • Fisker (Karma)
  • Ford
  • GMC (GM)
  • Honda
  • Infiniti (Nissan)
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep (Chrysler)
  • Land Rover (Jaguar Land Rover)
  • Lexus (Toyota)
  • Lincoln (Ford)
  • Mazda
  • McLaren
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mercury (Ford)
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Pontiac (GM)
  • Saab (GM)
  • Saturn (GM)
  • Scion (Toyota)
  • Subaru
  • Tesla
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen

If your vehicle is located in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Saipan, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, you are in Zone A should seek a repair immediately. Drivers in Zone A are especially susceptible to air bag explosions.

Because exploding air bags are a serious safety concern, your vehicle manufacturer should make the repair for free. If your dealer refuses to fix the air bag defect, you can file a complaint with the NHTSA here.

What If I’ve Already Been Injured By My Air Bag?

According to the NHTSA, 16 people in the United States have been killed by defective Takata air bags and at least 250 more have been injured in air bag explosions.

If you’ve been affected, you have the right to pursue legal action against Takata and possibly against the dealer or manufacturer of your vehicle.

Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, PLLC can help. Simply contact our legal team at (918) 347-6456 or tell us what happened online.

Our firm would be honored to put our decades of legal experience and history of results to work on your behalf.

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