Last week we mentioned Honda recalled five million vehicles due to faulty airbags manufactured by Japanese company Takata, one of the largest suppliers of airbags. Tuesday, the manufacturer finally admitted their airbags were defective and agreed to recall approximately 34 million vehicles in the United States, making this the largest recall in American History.
The problem with these airbags are when they deploy they have the potential to dangerously explode sending shrapnel flying toward drivers and passengers. There have been six fatalities and over 100 injuries linked to the Takata defects.
The NY Times reports, “Up until now Takata has refused to acknowledge that their airbags are defective,” said Anthony Foxx, the transportation secretary. “That changes today.”
It is not known exactly which car models will be included in the recall because Takata has to sit down and talk with automakers which could take a few days. Honda, Nissan and Chrysler along with seven other automakers have already recalled cars in the United States because of this defect.
This recall amounts to one in seven of the more than 250 million vehicles on American roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, consumers should check with their dealers to make sure the defective airbags are “replaced as soon as possible.”
Takata has denied claims of its airbags being defective for over ten years, even when drivers were being killed by exploding airbags. Since it is one of the largest airbag manufacturers, and ten automakers have already recalled cars in the U.S., it is recommended that car owners of all makes and models, check with their car dealers to see if their vehicle is part of the recall and have their airbag replaced immediately.
For many consumers, this recall is a little too late. “I’d like to know why it took them till now,” said Corey Burdick, a 26-year-old from Eustis, Fla., who was blinded in one eye last year when a piece of metal shot out of the Takata airbag in his 2001 Honda Civic. He has filed a lawsuit against both Takata and Honda.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a vehicle due to a manufacturer’s defect, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today and speak with a New York personal injury attorney at The Perecman Firm for an initial consultation. Let us do everything within our power to get you the compensation you need for a full recovery.