Deadly airbags were found in over 14 different car companies
Takata manufactured a cheaper version of the airbag using ammonium nitrate and sold it to 14 different automakers (BMW, Chrysler, Ferrari, Ford, GM, Honda, Jaguar/Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen).
Ammonium nitrate becomes unstable over time and exposure to water and humidity speeds up this process. It becomes so dangerous that it explodes causing shrapnel to fly out of the airbag and impale unsuspecting passengers. Penn State did an independent study in 2012 proved that ammonium nitrate was sensitive to changes in pressure, but couldn’t link the study to Takata or Honda.
Takata Knew the Risks
Multiple memos between Takata engineers and other companies to Takata were uncovered that detail the risk of ammonium nitrate and highlight the fraudulent activity the company performed to pretend the substance was safe. Honda quietly asked Takata to redesign the inflator valve, which is responsible for keeping water out of the airbag. This proves that both companies knew the risk before the 2014 recall.
This is such a huge problem that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a staggering $70 million cash fine and an additional $130 million if Takata fails to meet its commitments or if additional violations of the Safety Act are discovered. This is the largest fine in NHTSA history.
When manufacturers produce unsafe products that create pain and suffering, you deserve compensation. Although no amount of money will change the fact that you have suffered a serious injury as a result of manufacturer irresponsibility, compensation will help offset your current and future medical costs, as well as provide for the pain and suffering you have experienced. By filing, you may also help protect other people and their families from needless distress.
Takata Ammonium Nitrate Airbag Risks
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Severe lacerations
- Permanent scarring
If you or someone you know experienced an explosion from a Takata airbag, you may be eligible for compensation to ease the financial and emotional burdens you are experiencing. Contact us today to set up a free consultation, during which we will listen to your story, answer any questions you may have and discuss your legal rights and options. If you choose us to represent you, we will work with you on a contingency fee basis; this means you pay nothing until we have secured compensation for you, either through a jury verdict or settlement.