U.S. auto safety regulators are currently examining another 70-90 million potentially defective Takata airbag inflators. If these items are added to the existing recall, it would nearly quadruple the 29 million inflators recalled so far. Takata is one of the largest airbag manufacturers in the world, based out of Japan. According to a statement released by Takata, “some inflators can rupture and explode with excessive force, spraying metal shards at vehicle occupants.” So far, this defect has been linked to nine deaths in the United States alone.
Recalling affected airbags has become more complicated, as some airbags have more than one inflator and they don’t always come from the same manufacturer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is continuing to investigate all Takata inflators using ammonium nitrate to make sure that all appropriate items are recalled and vehicle owners identified.
If you have been injured due to a faulty airbag or any other automotive defect, learn more by contacting the experienced Milwaukee product liability lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®. Call us today at (414) 271-0900 to discuss your situation and the legal options available to you.