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Takata Air Bags – Ford Makes More Recalls as Fine Looms for Manufacturer
The Takata airbag scandal has been out of the headlines in recent months. However, the lower profile of the furor does not mean the problem has gone away or you are no longer at risk from your car’s airbag.
Just this week Ford Motor Company announced it is recalling another 816,000 vehicles in North America over the Takata air bag inflator recall.
The latest recall concerns 2005-2009 and 2012 Ford Mustangs. You may also be at risk if you are driving a 2006-2009 and 2012 Ford Fusion, a Lincoln Zephyr or a Lincoln MKZ.
The recall also includes the 2007-2009 Ford Ranger and Edge, the 2007-2009 Lincoln MKX, the 2006-2009 Mercury Milan and the 2005 and 2006 Ford GT. Ford alone has recalled as many as three million vehicles. Other car manufacturers impacted include Honda, GM and BMW.
All of the vehicles have front passenger air bags manufactured by Takata with inflators that can explode in a minor fender bender.
A report on CNBC stated the death toll from these Takata air bags is now up to 16 worldwide and more than 180 people have been injured.
Bill O'Mara of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers talks about Takata recalls
The recall is just the latest round of Takata recalls. It covers a staggering 5.7 million vehicles involving 17 American automakers. About 100 million inflators have been recalled worldwide.
A recent article in Consumer Reports reveals the problem has been isolated as well as the reason why drivers in humid climates face the greatest risks.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found ammonium nitrate-based propellant was used in the airbags without a chemical drying agent. Moisture in the environment, high temperatures, and age as associated can lead to the improper inflation of the airbags. In the worst case scenario, shrapnel can be sent flying through the air and into the driver or a passenger.
Takata Air Bags - Company Faces $1 Billion Fine
Meanwhile, Takata is reported to be poised to plead guilty to criminal misconduct as soon as tomorrow and to pay $1 billion to resolve the airbag issue.
The Wall Street Journal reported on how the company is expected to pay a $25 million criminal fine and $850 million in restitution to automakers who purchased the air bags.
However, there are other victims in this scenario, namely the families of those who lost their lives and the hundreds of people injured by their air bags. They have grounds to sue Takata and automakers.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a defect in your car, please call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077.
John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.
Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.
Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.
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