It was reported last month that yet another person had been killed by a defective Takata airbag. The faulty airbag inflator in a Honda killed a person in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, according to media reports. The unnamed victim was the 20th person killed by the defective airbag inflators, which can explode with excessive force and hurl deadly shrapnel into the vehicle cabin.
The most recent death occurred in a July 2017 accident involving a 2004 Honda Civic. Honda officials and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA) conducted an inspection of the vehicle last month and determined the airbag inflator exploded and led to the man’s death.
The Los Angeles personal injury attorneys of Neale & Fhima are concerned that these Takata airbags continue to cause serious injury and death to innocent accident victims. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a Takata airbag, please contact us at 949-661-1007 for a complimentary case consultation.
Takata Airbag Failures Led to Biggest Auto Recall in History
The problem with Takata airbags has been going on for many years. Takata used ammonium nitrate in the airbag inflator device to create a limited explosion that causes the airbag to fill in an accident. But this chemical can degrade over time as it is exposed to high humidity and temperatures, which is common in Los Angeles and other warm parts of the country. That degradation of the ammonium nitrate can cause the chemical to to burn too quickly and actually make the metal cannister explode.
The product defect led to a massive automotive recall involving 42 million cars, trucks and SUVs in the United States, and up to 69 million airbag inflators. The recall also forced the Takata Corporation into bankruptcy. Over 100 million airbags around the globe have been recalled.
In Baton Rouge accident described above, Honda stated that this faulty airbag had been taken out of another vehicle. The 2004 Civic owner had been issued several recall notices, warning to have the airbag inflator replaced. Unfortunately, this effort was in vain and the defective airbag inflator caused another fatality. Tests have shown that airbag inflators from this vintage of Honda vehicles were among the most dangerous, with a 50% chance of exploding upon deployment in a crash.
As Los Angeles personal injury attorneys, we are concerned because there are still apparently many dangerous Takata airbags in circulation on American roads. Take a moment to check at the NHTSA Takata page to determine whether your vehicle is included in the Takata recall.
Have You Been Injured by a Takata Airbag? Talk to a Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you or your loved one has been hurt by a defective Takata airbag, you should know that you have legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for your Takata airbag injuries. Our Los Angeles personal injury and lemon law attorneys at Neale & Fhima will not waver before we receive a fair settlement or verdict for your airbag injuries. We can help you. Please request your free consultation today by contacting Neale & Fhima at 949-661-1007, or kindly complete our online consultation form.