The airbag is one of the greatest safety devices in modern vehicles. These efficient safety devices are designed to be virtually hidden until its sensors detect rapid deceleration or sudden impact, at which point they automatically inflate to absorb shock and provide occupants with soft cushioning and restraint during a collision-type event. In such deployments, airbags have proven to be so effective at preventing injuries and saving lives they are now being redesigned for bicyclists. Which is perhaps why the Takata recall is so alarming.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has mandated a recall of 35 to 40 million Takata airbags across 17 automakers. This is the second such recall, the first requested for 24 million vehicles to be brought back to replace 28.8 million Takata airbag inflators. It should come as no surprise this is the largest recall in American history, and if you have been in a collision with Takata airbags, you’ll want to talk with Las Vegas injury law firms.
So what's the reason for the recalls? The problem resides with a design flaw that can cause the inflator to explode with excess force during its deployment. In some tragic situations, this force has led to shrapnel being shot throughout the vehicle's cabin and into its passengers, causing dehabilitating and even lethal injuries. As of July 2016, faulty Takata airbags have been linked to 14 deaths around the world.
Even more alarming, such deaths could have been prevented. A recent New York Times article reports various officials in the Japanese company brought forth concerns about the issue as early as 2000. Yet, Takata officially stood by the use of the compound causing the faults until 2015. Thanks to these uncovered internal memos, people who are interested in seeking redress via Las Vegas injury law firms have strong evidence of negligence.
States and private individuals are seeking redress for the pain and suffering caused by the faulty Takata airbags. In May, Hawaii became the first state to sue the Japanese company and its American subsidiary. In July, Takata Corporation settled a suit with a Florida driver who became a quadriplegic when her impacted airbag deployed during what should have been a minor vehicle accident in 2014. The company is also under a criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a Takata airbag that improperly deployed during a collision, there’s already a strong precedent for your case. For more information, talk to Las Vegas injury law firms experienced and knowledgeable about the situation.
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