Takata Airbag Recall Lawsuit

Have you or passengers in your vehicle suffered severe injury, lacerations, burns, and more due to a faulty Takata airbag?

Takata airbags have been problematic in the American car industry over the past couple of years. Not only are they defective but they have put thousands of people at risk, caused hundreds of injuries worldwide, and even been responsible for the deaths of at least 11 people in the United States. Due to this, Takata airbags have been recalled from millions of vehicles, making it one of the most historical automotive recalls to date.

How the airbags are unsafe

Recalls contradict the entire purpose of the airbags– which are meant to keep people safe in the event of an accident. But the problem isn’t that they won’t deploy; the problem is they deploy too aggressively. This puts the driver and passengers at risk of serious injury, as outlined below.

The airbags have been recalled due to the volatility of their deployment features. The chemical propellant, ammonium nitrate, is what inflates the airbag in whatever event the deployment signal is triggered by.

However, as ammonium nitrate is a chemical, it can become unstable and/or deteriorate over time– especially when it comes to extreme heat or moisture. That means when the airbag deploys, there may be a violent eruption of chemicals.

Worse yet, the explosion from the volatile deployment can shatter the airbag inflator module; this means jagged, metal shrapnel being hurled towards the driver or passengers face, neck or chest. This can cause severe lacerations, eye damage, loss of vision, or even death.

Regions with extreme levels of humidity may see an increase in violent eruptions. As far back at 2015, there were already 105 injuries from Takata airbags in Florida, one such region that has humid conditions year-round. But the source of aggressive airbag deployment, causing injuries and even death, was yet to be determined.

“The new incidents include allegations of facial fractures, blindness, a broken sternum and even quadriplegia,” said Sen. Bill Nelson, D. Fla. At the time, 17 of 40 newly reported injuries occurred in Florida.

The video below shows what happens when an airbag malfunctions.

Takata airbags prompted the largest automotive recall US history

Nearly 50 million airbag inflators in total, from nearly 37 million vehicles have been recalled from the following vehicles. To check if your vehicle was subjected to the Takata recall, click here. Some manufacturers may have to replace the entire airbag assembly in your car, while others would replace just the inflator.

  • Acura
    2003 Acura 3.2CL
    2002-03 Acura 3.2TL
    2013-16 Acura ILX
    2013-14 Acura ILX Hybrid
    2003-06 Acura MDX
    2007-16 Acura RDX
    2005-12 Acura RL
    2009-14 Acura TL
    2009-14 Acura TSX
    2010-13 Acura ZDX
  • Audi
    2006-13 Audi A3
    2005-08 Audi A4 Avant
    2006-09 Audi A4 cabriolet
    2005-08 Audi A4 sedan
    2010-11 Audi A5 cabriolet
    2003-11 Audi A6 Avant
    2005-11 Audi A6 sedan
    2009-12 Audi Q5
    2017 Audi R8
    2008 Audi RS4 cabriolet
    2007-08 Audi RS4 sedan
    2005-08 Audi S4 Avant
    2007-09 Audi S4 cabriolet
    2005-08 Audi S4 sedan
    2010-12 Audi S5 cabriolet
    2007-11 Audi S6 sedan
    2016-17 Audi TT
  • BMW
    2008-13 1 Series
    2000-13 3 Series
    2002-03 5 Series
    2011-15 X1
    2007-10 X3
    2003-13 X5
    2008-14 X6
    2010-11 X6 Hybrid
  • Cadillac
    2007-14 Cadillac Escalade
    2007-14 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • Chevrolet
    2007-13 Chevrolet Avalanche
    2007-14 Chevrolet Silverado heavy-duty
    2007-13 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    2007-14 Chevrolet Suburban
    2007-14 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Chrysler
    2005-15 Chrysler 300
    2007-09 Chrysler Aspen
    2007-08 Chrysler Crossfire
  • Dodge
    2008-14 Dodge Challenger
    2006-15 Dodge Dakota
    2005-11 Dodge Dakota
    2004-09 Dodge Durango
    2005-08 Dodge Magnum
    2003-08 Dodge Ram 1500
    2003-09 Dodge Ram 2500
    2003-10 Dodge Ram 3500
  • Ferrari
    2010-15 458 Italia
    2014-15 458 Speciale
    2015 458 Speciale A
    2012-15 458 Spider
    2016-17 488 GTB
    2016-17 488 Spider
    2009-14 California
    2015-17 California T
    2013-17 F12
    2016-17 F12 TDF
    2016 F60
    2012-16 FF
    2017 GTC4Lusso
  • Ford
    2007-10 Ford Edge
    2006-12 Ford Fusion
    2005-06 Ford GT
    2005-14 Ford Mustang
    2004-11 Ford Ranger
  • GMC
    2007-14 GMC Sierra heavy-duty
    2007-13 GMC Sierra 1500
    2007-14 GMC Yukon
    2007-14 GMC Yukon XL
  • Honda
    2001-12 Honda Accord
    2001-11 Honda Civic
    2003-11 Honda Civic Hybrid
    2001-11 Honda Civic NGV
    2010-15 Honda Crosstour
    2002-11 Honda CR-V
    2011-15 Honda CR-Z
    2003-11 Honda Element
    2010-14 Honda FX Clarity
    2007-13 Honda Fit
    2013-14 Honda Fit EV
    2010-14 Honda Insight
    2002-04 Honda Odyssey
    2003-15 Honda Pilot
    2006-14 Honda Ridgeline
  • Infiniti
    2003-08 Infiniti FX
    2001 Infiniti I30
    2002-04 Infiniti I35
    2006-10 Infiniti M
    2002-03 Infiniti QX4
  • Jaguar
    2009-15 Jaguar XF
  • Jeep
    2007-16 Jeep Wrangler
  • Karma
    2012 Fisker Karma
  • Land Rover
    2007-12 Land Rover Range Rover
  • Lexus
    2007-12 Lexus ES 350
    2010-17 Lexus GX 460
    2006-13 Lexus IS 250/350
    2010-15 Lexus IS 250C/350C
    2008-14 Lexus IS F
    2012 Lexus LFA
    2002-10 Lexus SC 430
  • Lincoln
    2007-10 Lincoln MKX
    2006-12 Lincoln Zephyr/MKX
  • Mazda
    2004-09 B-Series
    2007-12 CX-7
    2007-15 CX-9
    2003-11 Mazda6
    2006-07 Mazdaspeed6
    2004-06 MPV
    2004-11 RX-8
  • McLaren
    2016-17 570
    2015-16 650S
    2016 675LT
    2012-14 MP4-12C
    2011-15 P1
  • Mercedes-Benz
    2010-17 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
    2005-14 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    2010-11 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    2011-17 Mercedes-Benz E-Class cabriolet
    2010-17 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe
    2009-12 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
    2010-15 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
    2009-10 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class
    2009-12 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
    2007-08 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
    2011-15 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class
    2007-09 Dodge Sprinter
    2007-17 Freightliner Sprinter
  • Mercury
    2006-11 Mercury Milan
  • Mitsubishi
    2012-17 i-MiEV
    2004-07 Lancer
    2004-06 Lancer Evolution
    2004 Lancer Sportback
    2006-09 Raider
  • Nissan
    2001-03 Nissan Maxima
    2002-04 Nissan Pathfinder
    2002-06 Nissan Sentra
    2007-12 Nissan Versa
  • Pontiac
    2003-10 Pontiac Vibe
  • Saab
    2005-06 Saab 9-2X
    2006-11 Saab 9-3
    2006-09 Saab 9-5
  • Saturn
    2008-09 Saturn Astra
  • Scion
    2008-15 Scion xB
  • Subaru
    2003-06 Baja
    2009-13 Forester
    2004-11 Impreza (including WRX/STI)
    2003-14 Legacy
    2003-14 Outback
    2006-14 Tribeca
    2012-14 WRX/STI
  • Tesla
    2012-16 Tesla Model S
  • Toyota
    2010-16 Toyota 4Runner
    2003-13 Toyota Corolla
    2003-08 Toyota Corolla Matrix
    2009-13 Toyota Matrix
    2004-05 Toyota RAV4
    2002-06 Toyota Sequoia
    2011-14 Toyota Sienna
    2003-06 Toyota Tundra
    2006-11 Toyota Yaris hatchback
    2007-12 Toyota Yaris sedan
  • Volkswagen
    2009-17 Volkswagen CC
    2010-14 Volkswagen Eos
    2010-14 Volkswagen Golf
    2013 Volkswagen Golf R
    2009-13 Volkswagen GTI
    2016-14 Volkswagen Passat

By filing a Takata Airbag Lawsuit, you could hold the manufacturer accountable for your financial losses such as medical bills, pain and suffering, missed time from work, and more.

BMW Issues Warning for Older Models

On May 5, 2023, vehicle manufacturer BMW issued a warning that older models are too dangerous to drive due to the Takata airbag recall. BMW’s warning affects approximately 90,000 older vehicles, due to the growing threat with the Takata airbags. The recalled airbags could explode and seriously injure or kill the riders in a car crash.

The warning covers vehicles from 2000 through 2006 model years.

Takata Airbag Funds

There are three different options for filing a Takata airbag claim, as outlined below. Some folks who were injured may only be able to choose from one, yet there are many who may be entitled to compensation from all three legal avenues.

Takata Airbag Individual Restitution Fund
The Federal Court in the Eastern District of Michigan ordered this fund as the result of a guilty plea for fraud from TK Holding, Inc. There is $125 million accessible to those who have suffered, or will continue to suffer personal injury, due to a faulty Takata airbag inflator. This also includes family members who may have died as the result of the airbag. It is available to those who have not resolved their claims against Takata.

Takata Bankruptcy Trust
The TK Holdings, Inc. bankruptcy plan is for personal injury claimants who were affected by Takata airbags either now or in the future. The estimated value is between $90 and $137 million, and rising.

Participant Original Equipment Manufacturer (“POEM”) Fund
Only those who were injured from a Honda or Acura vehicle are eligible for claiming this fun. Honda has been responsible for more injuries and deaths than any other vehicle on the market. Those who were previously injured by Takata airbags will receive financial compensation for their injuries.

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