Takata Airbag Class Action Case

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, the Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wrote a letter to Takata Corporation urging them to speed up the production of airbag recall repair parts. Currently there are 7.78 million automobiles under recall for containing defective airbags manufactured by Takata. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also urged drivers of those vehicles to avoid driving with passengers in their cars until their airbags could be replaced.

Until the defect can be repaired or replaced, Takata is urging all drivers whose vehicles are on the recall list, to disable the passenger side airbag and keep the seat empty as a temporary solution. According to a public statement Takata issued, they “deeply regret that the recent recalls of vehicles equipped with our airbags have likely raised significant concerns and troubles to our product users, our customers, and other stakeholders.”

Takata’s Exploding Airbags

Takata is under fire for producing faulty and defective airbags since 2001 and knowingly continuing to manufacturer these defective airbags. To date, Takata defective airbags have allegedly been responsible for 139 injuries and at least 4 deaths. In addition, consumers who purchased or leased a defective automobile in the last 13 years may have seen the value of their vehicle diminished due to the recall.

The defect has been blamed on excessive moisture that was caused by the improper storage and manufacturing of explosive propellant used in their airbags. The result is a ticking time bomb-and airbags have been known to explode at the slightest contact, causing pieces of metal debris to fly through the car and into passengers and drivers.

Earlier this month, the first class action lawsuit was filed against Takata Corporation and automobile manufacturers, Honda, Toyota, BMW, and Ford. The lawsuit alleges that not only did Takata manufacture defective airbags for over a decade, but that they also knew of these defects, and they did not notify the public or fix the defect.

What Should You Do?
It is important to determine if your vehicle was one of the vehicles affected by this massive recall. You can visit NHTSA for specific recall information, or you can call the Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

Vehicles that have been affected by this recall include:

Car Model/Make Year
Acura MDX 2003-2006
Acura RL 2005
Acura TL/CL 2002-2003
BMW 3 Series Convertible 2000-2006
BMW 3 Series Coupe 2000-2006
BMW 3 Series Sedan 2000-2005
BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon 2000-2005
BMW M3 Convertible 2001-2006
BMW M3 Coupe 2001-2006
Chrysler 300 2005-2008
Chrysler Aspen 2007-2008
Dodge Dakota 2005-2008
Dodge Durango 2005-2008
Dodge Ram 2003-2008
Dodge Ram 2500 2005-2008
Dodge Ram 3500 2006-2008
Dodge Ram 4500 2006-2008
Dodge Ram 5500 2008
Ford GT 2005-2006
Ford Mustang 2005-2007
Ford Ranger 2004
Honda Accord 2001-2007
Honda Civic 2001-2005
Honda CR-V 2002-2006
Honda Element 2003-2011
Honda Odyssey 2002-2004
Honda Pilot 2003-2007
Honda Ridgeline 2006
Infiniti FX35/FX45 2003-2005
Infiniti I30/I35 2001-2004
Lexus SC 2002-2004
Mazda B-Series Truck 2004
Mazda MPV 2005
Mazda RX-8 2004-2008
Mazda6 2003-2007
MazdaSpeed6 2006-2007
Mitsubishi Lancer 2004-2005
Mitsubishi Raider 2006-2007
Nissan Maxima 2001-2003
Nissan Pathfinder 2001-2004
Nissan Sentra 2002-2004
Pontiac Vibe 2003-2005
Saab 9-2x 2005
Subaru Baja 2003-2005
Subaru Impreza 2004-2005
Subaru Legacy 2003-2005
Subaru Outback 2003-2005
Toyota Corolla 2002-2005
Toyota Corolla Matrix 2003-2005
Toyota Sequoia 2002-2005
Toyota Tundra 2003-2005

Contact National Product Liability Attorneys

Golomb & Honik is currently investigating air bag manufacturer Takata Corporation and helping affected individuals take part in a national class action lawsuit. We believe that owners of affected vehicles are now in possession of a car with diminished value. As such, we are currently seeking owners in Pennsylvania and across the United States whose vehicles have been the subject of a Takata airbag recall to serve as class action representatives in statewide and nationwide class action lawsuits.

If your vehicle’s airbag was recently part of the 14 million Takata airbag recalls, contact defective automobile product attorney at Golomb & Honik immediately. We have extensive experience handing large class action lawsuits and our firm has the resources needed to take large automobile manufacturers to trial. Call us at 215-278-4449.

The national product liability lawyersat Golomb & Honik have successfully represented individuals in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and throughout the United States.