Takata Air Bag Recall Repairs are Slow Moving
The Takata air bag recall is one of the largest and most complex recalls in U.S. History. The recall includes over 19 vehicle manufacturers and approximately 46 million Takata air bag inflators that have been employed in an estimated 34 million vehicles in the United States. You can search The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website for your vehicle model to determine whether your air bag needs replacing by clicking here.
The NHTSA issued a recall over two years ago for the Takata air bag parts and to date, only 43 percent of recalled Takata inflators have been replaced even though the risks are substantial.
Risks of Ignoring the Takata Air Bag Recall
Takata air bags can break apart in a collision and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers. The Takata air bags use ammonium nitrate in its inflators to fill the air bags quickly, but when this chemical is exposed to heat and humidity, it deteriorates causing the metal canister inside the bag to blow up and send shrapnel flying during a collision. Nineteen people, and thirteen in the United States have been killed by these faulty inflators. Another 180 people have been injured.
One of our former clients, Stephanie Erdman, nearly lost her right eye when the air bag inflator in her 2002 Honda Civic exploded and shrapnel flew into her face after another vehicle collided into hers. She underwent several surgeries to remove the shrapnel and to reconstruct her eyelids. Stephanie recovered, but she does not forget her injuries. Now, Stephanie urges manufacturers and consumers to replace their Takata air bags immediately to prevent further injury and death.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a Takata air bag, you may have a potential claim for damages against the manufacturer. The air bag defects lawyers at the Ammons Law Firm have the legal resources and experience to assist you. Call (713) 526-1303.