Representing Clients Injured by Defective Airbags
As one of the largest airbag manufacturers in the world, Takata is responsible for roughly 20% of airbags produced globally. These airbags are installed in most major car brands and models, including the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla. Though airbags are supposed to protect passengers in the event of a crash, some of Takata’s airbags have been proven to cause more harm than good. Over 14 million vehicles have been recalled because of Takata’s defective airbags.
If you believe that defective airbags are the cause of your injury, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation with our Takata airbag recall lawyers in Landover. At Ashcraft & Gerel, we are prominent and trusted product liability attorneys who have the skill and the determination to help you get the compensation you need.
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Recalls over Defective Airbags
In 2013, numerous carmakers recalled 3.6 million vehicles that contained Takata airbags. In 2014, even more carmakers joined and also recalled vehicles. Some of the most popular auto manufacturers – including Honda, BMW, Nissan, Ford, Chrysler, and Mazda – have been affected by the Takata defect.
The recalls were made after numerous reports revealed that the defective airbags tended to explode when deployed. This explosion sent shrapnel and hazardous chemicals throughout the vehicle and led to serious injuries and death.
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Takata Manufacturing Concerns
The defective Takata airbags were developed in the 1990s and were introduced to vehicles starting in 1998. The airbag was designed to inflate via an explosive in a metal canister. The explosive they used was extremely volatile but cheaper than other companies’ propellants.
Reports have shown that Takata knew about the hazards of their defective airbags but failed to inform the public. The company went so far as to cover up tests showing how the airbags would explode.
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How to Know If You Have a Valid Claim
Simply owning a car that contains a Takata airbag does not qualify you to file a claim. Being in an accident where an airbag deployed is also not grounds enough for a claim. In order to have a valid claim against Takata, you must have compelling evidence that the injuries you suffered in a car accident were directly related to the Takata airbag.
It can be extremely difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of injuries in an accident. Sharp debris and broken glass are commonplace in car accidents, so you will need a lot of evidence to back up a claim that the shrapnel that injured you was from the airbag.
When you discuss your case with our Landover defective airbag attorneys during a free consultation, we can assess the situation and determine whether you may have a valid claim.
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Your Next Step
Defective Takata airbags can cause life-threatening injuries. You – and the general public – deserve justice for Takata’s negligence. Be sure to retain a firm you can count on – a firm with defective product litigation experience. The team at Ashcraft & Gerel looks forward to pursuing compensation on your behalf.