Ohio Product Liability Attorney and Airbag Defect Lawyer reviewing Ford recalls for defective Takata airbags nationwide
Ford is recalling around 953,000 vehicles worldwide to replace defective Takata passenger air bag inflators that may potentially explode and send deadly shrapnel into vehicles. The recall is part of the largest series of airbag recalls in U.S. history.
Takata, the company responsible for manufacturing the airbags, used ammonium nitrate to induce an explosion to inflate air bags. But the chemical can change over time due to existing heat and humidity and may explode with too much force, destroying the metal canister meant to contain the explosion. At least 23 people have been killed by the inflators, and many others injured worldwide. Ford announced that dealers will replace the inflators in seven Ford and Lincoln vehicles, including:
Three years after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began managing recalls involving Takata inflators, one third of the recalled inflators still have not been replaced, according to an annual safety report. The report notes over 16 million faulty inflators out of 50 million under recall have yet to be replaced. Another 10 million inflators are scheduled to be recalled soon.
This is alarming because the airbag inflators grow more and more dangerous as they age because ammonium nitrate deteriorates over time with the weather. Experts have said the most risk and most dangerous bag inflators are in the South along the Gulf of Mexico.
Following a serious car accident when Ford or Takata airbags malfunctioned, victims should contact an experienced recall lawyer to investigate. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to protecting the consumer and motorists to make America’s roads safer in the future.
Defective airbags can easily cause or worsen an accident and injury when they fail to deploy or deploy prematurely. Airbags are designed to deploy with a significant amount of force, which inherently increases the risk of injury. Motorists and passengers injured by defective airbags have filed product liability and personal injury claims against automobile companies like Takata and Ford. Manufacturers have a duty to safely design, properly test and provide airbags that protect American consumers.
Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio product liability attorney and airbag defect lawyer well-versed in the science and economic impact such accidents have on a victim’s life and family.
Ford Motor and Takata have known about faulty airbag inflators for years. The companies, however, initially failed to notify the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that their defective airbags were linked to injuries and deaths. Takata first said that the company chemicals were improperly stored during assembly, causing the airbag inflators to explode. Takata then blamed humid weather and issued additional recalls.
When auto component companies fail to provide effective safety mechanisms in line with industry safety standards, they may be held liable for faulty design in product liability lawsuits. Auto makers have a responsibility to properly test their products before they are released tot he public and endanger passengers and motorists.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a Ford defective airbag, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, an airbag defect lawyer, and he will help you answer these critical questions.