Dallas Airbag Defect Lawyer
2911 Turtle Creek Blvd. Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75219
Call (214) 307-0000
Airbags have been called one of the most significant contributions to automobile
driver and passenger safety since the introduction of seat belts. Unfortunately,
a series of investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) has revealed that one of the world’s leading airbag manufacturers,
the Takata Corporation, knew of safety problems with the components used
in the manufacture of its airbags but attempted to cover up these problems
while continuing to sell these defective airbags to automobile manufacturers
around the world.
According to information compiled by NHTSA, defects in the propellant that
rapidly inflates an airbag after a collision make that propellant unstable
and causes an explosion that sends sharp pieces from the airbag housing
flying outward. These razor-sharp pieces have now been implicated in at
least 11 deaths and over 200 injuries worldwide.
The Takata Corporation is an international producer of auto parts and specializes
in seat belts, steering wheels, interior trim products, and airbags. After
the United States and most European countries required that airbags be
installed in all new automobiles and light trucks, the company rapidly
expanded its manufacturing operations into Europe and Mexico.
Airbag Defects Lead to Injuries
Beginning in 2008 Takata and Honda began issuing recalls related to airbags
that were made by Takata and installed in Honda Acuras and Honda Civics.
Documents that were later uncovered by federal investigators indicated
that Takata was aware of major quality control problems with airbags that
were made at its facility in Monclava, Coahuila, Mexico as early as 2004
but did not share that information with safety agencies in the United
States until 2008 when Honda began its series of recalls. As of October
2016, over 100 million cars worldwide have Takata airbags installed and
are subject to recall.
Takata has vowed to replace all defective airbags with newer, safer airbags
and has settled class action lawsuits for a total of over $2 billion.
On August 22, 2016 truck carrying materials used to make Takata airbag
components burst into flames before exploding on a highway in South Texas,
injuring four people and demolishing a house. The resident of the house,
a 67 year-old woman, was killed.
The contents of the truck included ammonium nitrate (one of the chemicals
used in the Oklahoma City bombing) which the Takata Corporation has admitted
becomes unstable in the presence of moisture and has been implicated in
airbag malfunctions that have resulted in at least 11 deaths and over
200 injuries worldwide.
There Are Time Limits On Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Texas
If you or a family member have been injured by a defective airbag, you
should be aware that in the State of Texas any lawsuits alleging personal
injury or wrongful death must be filed within two years of the date the
injury occurred or within two years of the date of death. Lawsuits filed
after those dates have passed are subject to immediate dismissal by the courts.
Filing a Defective Airbag Injury Lawsuit
The available evidence proves that not only did Takata know about safety
problems with its airbags but that it also attempted to hide evidence
of those problems from federal safety regulators. Even more shocking is
the fact that one auto maker, Honda, was not only aware of Takata’s
safety issues but actually assisted Takata in a conspiracy to hide those
issues from investigators.
Anyone in the Dallas – Fort Worth area who suspects that they or
a family member have been injured by a defective airbag should contact
an airbag defect injury lawyer to discuss the possibility of bringing
an airbag defect personal injury lawsuit. One firm that assists those
who may have such a claim is the Doan Law Firm Dallas.
When you contact the Dallas airbag injury lawyer at the Doan Law Firm by
calling (214) 307-0000, your initial consultation with our airbag injury
attorney is always free and without obligation to ask us to represent
your airbag injury claim.
Should you decide that you would like for us to manage your airbag injury
case, we will never ask you for any “up front” fees or expenses
but will assume all the costs necessary to win your airbag injury case
in exchange for a previously agreed-to percentage of the final settlement
of your case.
Call the Doan Law Firm at (214) 307-0000 and let us get the settlement
you deserve for your airbag injuries.
The Doan Law Firm is located at:
2911 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Suite 300
Dallas, Texas 75219