New Cars Still being Manufactured with Defective Takata Airbags
More than 28 million vehicles have been recalled across the United States due to the presence of defective Takata airbags. In spite of this massive recall and the dangers associated with this defective product, some auto manufacturers are still using these airbags in the new vehicles they produce.
To date, 10 car accident fatalities have been attributed to these defective airbags. Takata uses an ammonium nitrate mixture that is used to inflate the airbags in the event of a car accident. However, this chemical mixture becomes increasingly unstable over time due to exposure to moisture. This has caused some of these airbags to explode during a crash, shooting metal fragments into vehicle occupants.
The following auto manufacturers are still producing new vehicles with these defective Takata airbags:
- Daimler (the manufacturer of Mercedes-Benz)
- Fiat Chrysler (the manufacturer of Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Fiat)
- Volkswagen (manufacturer of Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche)
General Motors has issued a vague statement regarding their use of Takata airbags, saying that they are no longer manufacturing vehicles containing inflators subject to the Takata recall. Due to the fact that this recall is continually expanding, it’s unclear whether the Takata airbags currently being used in new GM vehicles are actually safe.
If you’ve been injured by a Takata airbag that deployed improperly during a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. The Turley Law Firm has more than 40 years of experience handling cases for individuals in the Dallas area who were injured by defective products. Our attorneys know the laws that apply to these complex cases, and we will fight aggressively to protect your rights and maximize your compensation.
Please contact the Turley Law Firm using the form on this page or call (214) 691-4025 today to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients in the Dallas metropolitan area.