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 a 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.
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. Contact a Dallas car accident lawyer as soon as possible to initiate legal proceedings for your case.
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 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.