If you’ve been seriously injured by or lost a loved one due to an airbag in an auto accident, a dangerous defect may be to blame. Our expert legal team is proud to represent individuals who have been injured due to exploding Takata airbags, helping them file lawsuits against the manufacturer to recover the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
An Overview of the Takata Airbag Recall
Airbags are designed to inflate in the event of a car crash, cushioning the impact and reducing any injuries you may sustain. They work because they contain a propellant that is responsible for triggering inflation during a crash. However, over time this propellant can become unstable – especially in states with humid weather, like Florida and Hawaii. When a crash occurs, the unstable propellant can break the inflators, shooting metal pieces and shards into the vehicle. In this way, the airbags pose a substantial risk of serious injury and even death to both drivers and passengers.
As of today, Takata is facing an ever-increasing number of lawsuits and class actions alleging that the manufacturer was aware of the dangers of its exploding airbags for more than a decade, but did not notify federal safety officials or issue recalls in a timely manner. These lawsuits also detail incidents in which the defective airbags caused serious injuries including blindness, burns, facial lacerations and neck wounds that led to death.
A number of lawsuits have already been filed for individuals who have lost loved ones due to injuries sustained from Takata airbags – though the outcomes of many of these cases is confidential. With that said, Takata did agree to pay $3 million on behalf of a woman who lost her life after her Honda Accord’s airbag exploded in a crash.
Cars Affected by Takata Airbags
As of May 2015, approximately 34 million cars have been recalled over a defect that can cause Takata airbags to explode and shoot metal pieces at drivers and passengers if the car is involved in a crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these airbags have caused more than 100 injuries and at least six deaths. Vehicles known to have Takata airbags include a variety of models made by:
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What damages can you recover from a lawsuit against the Takata Corporation?
If you’ve sustained injuries due to an exploding Takata airbag, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the Takata Corporation. If you win, you may be entitled to recover damages for your:
- Medical bills. If you’ve been seriously injured in an auto accident, you can expect your medical bills to be fairly expensive. These damages will cover all of your past, current and future medical expenses – including hospital care, doctor’s appointments and any ongoing care you may need.
- Lost wages. Injuries sustained in an auto accident can be extensive, and as such they may prevent you from working for an extended period of time. In these cases, you may deserve to be compensated for wages you would have earned, had you not been injured due to Takata’s negligence.
- Pain and suffering. All injuries come with certain physical challenges that must be endured. Your pain and suffering damages are intended to cover these issues, and will be based on the nature and extent of your injuries.
In addition, if you’ve lost a loved one due to injuries from a Takata airbag, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for:
- Economic damages. These damages are intended to cover the loss of financial support for the surviving family members. In many cases, they cover funeral expenses, the loss of the deceased’s future earnings, the loss of benefits and the loss of an inheritance.
- Non-economic damages. These damages are intended to cover the intangible losses the surviving family members may experience. These include mental anguish, pain and suffering, the loss of care and nurturing, and the loss of love and companionship.