Over 1 Million Vehicles Affected by Recent Takata Airbag Defect
Consumers may remember the widespread Takata airbag recall that affected tens of millions of vehicles. While many thought that the defect had been addressed, this is not the case. In early December 2019, a new recall was issued, warning consumers of the dangers these defective airbags could pose to diver and passenger safety. As a result, this new recall has spurred the recall of 1.4 million vehicles.
Specifics of the New Recall
Similar to the previous recall, this recently discovered defect may cause the airbag inflaters to not inflate properly, explode, or discharge sharp debris directly at passengers, increasing the possibility of serious injury or even death. According to a notice posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Takata is recalling Non-Azide Driver airbag inflators, which were “used in some brands of 1995-2000 vehicles and do not contain phase stabilized ammonium nitrate propellant.” A manufacturing issue may prompt the inflators to “absorb moisture, causing the inflators to rupture or the airbag cushion to underinflate.” Takata then states that it will work with manufacturers to identify the affected vehicles, and the manufacturers plan to begin recall efforts on January 24, 2020.
A Troubled History
Nearly thirty deaths have been associated with Takata airbags that have ruptured or exploded. As of today, nearly 42 million vehicles have been recalled in the United states. As many as 34 brands, ranging from Ford to Ferrari, have been impacted by this recall. Takata, a Japanese-based company, eventually filed for bankruptcy in 2017. During that time, Takata sold the majority of its operations to Key Safety Systems for $1.6 billion. Key Safety Systems is located in Michigan but is essentially a Chinese-owned company. They will now have to step up to address and resolve this new recall.
Like most recall efforts, this current recall may take several years to complete. Experts are estimating that this new recall could last well into 2023. In the meantime, Takata is hard at work with the manufacturers, determining which vehicles may be impacted by these defective airbags. Once this information has been assessed, the manufacturers will begin issuing recalls on the affected brands. Takata continues to hold the record for the largest auto recall in history, and now the company is struggling to mitigate the impact of these hazardous issues.
Understanding Your Consumer Rights
Learning that your car or truck is affected by dangerous defects can be frustrating and even frightening. If you want to know more about your consumer rights under California’s Lemon Law, reach out to the dedicated and knowledgeable attorneys at Lemon Law Partners, LLP today. We proudly serve clients in Oakland, San Francisco, and throughout the Bay Area, and we are prepared to answer your questions. Call (510) 944-0336 to arrange a free case evaluation.