People in Baton Rouge may remember the major recall of Takata airbags in the early 2000s. Around 63 million of the dangerous airbags were recalled after they ruptured, causing serious injuries and fatalities. However, millions of vehicles on the road still contain Takata airbags.
Why are Takata airbags still on the road?
One reason that Takata airbags are still on the road is that those who own vehicles containing them did not receive a recall notice. Other people are not aware of the dangers Takata airbags pose. This is despite the dozens of lawsuits victims of the defective airbags brought against Takata.
How serious is the Takata airbag problem?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 16 people lost their lives due to the defective airbags and a further 250 individuals were injured due to the defective airbags. Sometimes the airbags would deploy even if the driver was not involved in a car crash. Places with high humidity levels can impact the deployment of the defective airbags.
Options if you are injured by a Takata airbag
If you are injured by a Takata airbag you may want to learn more about your legal options. Depending on the situation, it may be possible to pursue compensation for the harms you suffered through a products liability claim. These types of claims are generally based on negligence, strict liability or breach of warranty. However, this post does not contain legal advice, so those who suffered damages due to defective airbags will want to seek the assistance necessary to better understand their options moving forward.