If you’ve been hearing a lot about the Takata airbag recall in the news lately, it’s for good reason. The 8th death due to faulty Takata airbag, as well as over a hundred injuries due to shrapnel have been reported. Here’s what you need to know.
Takata is a Japanese corporation that manufactures many things, including airbags. Airbags are an auto safety device that’s supposed to deploy during a crash, with the bag cushioning the driver and passengers in order to help prevent or mitigate injuries. Airbags consist of a sensor, inflator and the bag itself.
The Takata airbags have a faulty inflator that is prone to exploding, causing shrapnel to fly instead of the airbag being deployed. This is obviously an extreme safety issue.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recall of Takata’s faulty airbag inflators has reached a high of nearly 70 million affected vehicles. The recall is being rolled out in phases through 2019, according to risk factors such as age of the inflator, and exposure to heat and humidity – two factors that accelerate the degradation of ammonium nitrate, the chemical responsible for the faulty inflators.
What You Should Do
If you have received a notice that your car is affected, you need to follow the instructions on that notice. If you have not received a notice, check the NHTSA to see if your car is affected. This list is updated regularly and most likely, your car will appear on the list before you will get a notice from your vehicle’s manufacturer. It’s important to stay updated on the recall as the sooner you know your car is affected, the sooner you can get it repaired, reducing your risk of becoming a victim.
Do you need a lawyer?
If you have had the misfortune of being injured by a faulty airbag, you are entitled to a settlement from the manufacturer. In the case of personal injury, it is always a good idea to speak with a lawyer who specializes in personal injury cases. This is because even though it’s plainly evident the manufacturer is at fault, it is common practice for the insurance company to offer as little as possible in the way of compensation. You may be entitled to more benefits than you think, including property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. An experienced attorney can ensure you aren’t low-balled and that you receive the maximum settlement you are entitled to.