Takata Dangerous Air Bag Recall is Widened to 24 Million Vehicles
By John Cooper, Virginia Defective Products Attorney
One of the biggest recalls in recent years has been over air bags in cars that can explode in certain conditions causing horrendous injuries and even deaths.
The recall has been on such a scale that the survival of the air bag manufacturer Takata has been called into question, reported Automotive News.
The Japanese company is reported to have enlisted restructuring lawyers after recalls covering millions of vehicles were announced over the last two years.
The defective air bags have been linked to 10 deaths and dozens of injuries. The defective airbags can explode unexpectedly during a slight impact such as a fender bender, sending shrapnel flying into the occupants of vehicles.
Fourteen auto makers have recalled a staggering 24 million vehicles in the United States alone in one of the largest such automotive actions ever. Globally the recall is now up to 60 million vehicles. It may not be the end of the recalls. U.S. regulators and lawmakers have suggested tens of millions more air bags could eventually be recalled.
Many types of model of car used the suspect air bags including Volkswagens, BMWs, Honda, Mazdas, Chryslers and GM models.
Honda dealers have been hit so hard by the recalls that American Honda Motor Co. says it intends offset the financial hit that automotive dealers are taking from the recall of millions of vehicles.
Beginning this month, Honda will compensate Honda and Acura dealers for depreciation costs for cars and trucks that can’t be sold because of the airbag recall, according to a company notice distributed this month and obtained by Automotive News.
Honda will provide financial assistance to “defray floorplanning costs incurred from the temporary suspension of vehicle sales at Honda and Acura dealers,” Automotive News reported.
In January, a Ford pickup driver who lost his life in South Carolina was reported to be the 9th death related to defective Takata air bags in the U.S., and the 10th worldwide, government officials said.
The air bags are more likely to malfunction in cars being driven in humid, southern climates.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) officials also announced an expansion to the recall, the largest and most complex in the agency's history. The expansion included five million more vehicles and will affect Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen, according to a NHTSA spokesperson.
If you have been harmed by a defective car part such as an airbag or an ignition switch on a GM vehicle, or if you have lost a loved one, call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077.