Updating a series of blog posts that we have been writing for the past year, last week, it was announced that the recall in North America involving defective Takata airbags now involves more than 34 million vehicles.
According to the New York Times, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the expansion of the recall last week, after engaging Takata and vehicle manufacturers for more than a year to increase the number of product replacements available for demands.
Takata allegedly fought recall demands for months, as the only services performed on vehicles was done based on where the cars were located—airbags reportedly experienced more issues in southern states, with warm climates. The airbags can allegedly explode violently in a car accident, causing metal fragments to deploy at passengers. As of last week, the Times reported that there were six deaths and more than 100 injuries linked to the alleged defects.
The NHTSA announced that it would begin to release more information about the recall expansion as it breaks down potential makes and models of the vehicles involved. The agency said that anyone with questions should contact their auto dealers as soon as possible if they have concerns.
Additionally, to see if your vehicle is ever involved in a recall, you can visit the safercar.gov website to search for information by a VIN.
With the number of vehicles now expected to reach 34 million, sadly, this Takata recall has been declared the largest consumer product recall in U.S. history. It is outrageous that this many people are at risk for suffering injuries due to the alleged negligence of Takata and the auto manufacturers involved.
Across the country, victims have filed injury lawsuits over this recall. If you have been injured or your loved one has been killed, speak to our attorneys about your legal rights.
We will continue to follow this story as more news becomes available, so continue reading our blog.
Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P.