Cincinnati product liability attorney and Ohio Takata Lawyer reviews defective airbag lawsuits and represents injured plaintiffs nationwide
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has repeatedly warned that tens of millions of cars with Takata air bags face an increased risk of exploding during a collision after prolonged exposure to warm weather and humid conditions. The NHTSA says, “Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause these air bags to explode when deployed. Such explosions have caused injuries and deaths.”
In the United States there are 50 million defective Takata airbags in 37 million vehicles. Many of them are in states such as Texas, California, and Ohio, where hot, humid summer weather can cause the chemical propellant in defective Takata airbags to explode. Any vehicle with a defective airbag may be a safety risk, and the NHTSA has warned that more vehicles will soon be recalled, bringing the total number of recalled Takata air bags to between 65 million and 70 million by 2019.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati product liability attorney and Ohio Takata Lawyer reviewing air bag recalls and representing plaintiffs nationwide.
In April 2013, six automobile makes were involved in the initial Takata recall. The issue quickly engulfed 19 automakers, and Takata was soon inundated with hundreds of lawsuits. The company failed to act quickly, and more accidents were reported. Takata said it had little idea as to which cars used its defective inflators, or even what the root cause was.
Takata first explained that propellant chemicals were improperly stored during assembly, causing metal airbag inflators to burst open due to excessive pressure inside. Then, the company blamed humid weather which was accompanied with additional recalls.
Takata has now admitted that rust and bad welds on inflators are also at fault. Company documents show that Takata’s Mexico plant allowed a defect rate that was “six to eight times above” acceptable limits. Defective air bags were shipped and sold to millions of customers.
Takata, under fire for years, finally filed for bankruptcy-court protection in the U.S. and Japan, as the company faces billions of dollars in legal liabilities resulting from years of recalls and lawsuits.
Takata’s defective air bag inflators have been linked to at least 180 injuries and 20 deaths. Automakers such as Ford, Nissan, Toyota, Honda Motor and Mazda have paid huge settlements to settle personal injury and product liability claims. It is the largest auto recall in United States history.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a defective airbag, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, an Ohio Takata Lawyer, and he will help you answer critical recall and injury questions.