The legal challenges that vehicle airbag manufacturer Takata is facing
continue to get more complex. In an article recently published on the
New York Times’ website entitled “Takata’s Switch to
Cheaper Airbag Propellant Is at Center of Crisis,” it is revealed
that former Takata engineers had concerns about using a “risky compound”
in its airbag propellant. Yet the company produced the
dangerous airbags anyway and installed them in millions of vehicles.
In 2001, Takata switched from a compound called tetrazole, which was known
to be effective and reliable in airbags, to a formula called ammonium
nitrate. However, it has been revealed that ammonium nitrate is sensitive
to moisture and fluctuations in temperature. It also breaks down over
time. When it breaks down, it can create a violent combustion.
Takata airbags are being recalled because they can explode with a violent force if they are deployed during a
car accident. The result of the explosion can cause metal debris to fly into the car’s
cabin. If you or a loved one was injured as a result of a Takata airbag, the
defective auto lawyers at Golomb & Honik, P.C. can help.
The situation with Takata airbags is serious. In fact, there have been
at least five deaths associated with the defective airbags. When people
purchase vehicles that contain airbags, they assume this important safety
feature will protect them if they are involved in a
car accident. In the case of the recalled airbags manufactured by Takata, the company
did not do everything possible to ensure its products were safe before
allowing them to be installed in millions of vehicles. This is unacceptable,
and our attorneys at Golomb & Honik, P.C. are committed to holding
Takata accountable for their negligent and reckless actions.
Call us at (215) 278-4449 to learn about your rights.