Allegations involve defective inflator and propellent devices that may deploy improperly in the event of a crash, shooting metal fragments into vehicle occupants potentially injuring the driver or passengers instead of protecting them.
A report, published by the New York Times, alleges that Takata engineers carried out secret tests on discarded airbags in 2004, after becoming concerned over an incident in Alabama in which one of the company’s airbags ruptured. However, instead of alerting regulators, the report says that Takata executives “ordered the lab technicians to delete the testing data from their computers and dispose of the airbag inflaters in the trash.”
Millions of vehicles are potentially affected in the United States from nearly two dozen brands including Acura, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge/Ram, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Saab, Subaru, and Toyota. Affected states and territories include Florida which has consistently hot, humid conditions over extended periods of time.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “Consumers impacted by the recalls should have their vehicles serviced promptly once they receive notification from their vehicle manufacturer.”
The product injury attorneys at Clark & Martino, P.A. are currently reviewing injury cases caused by an inflated airbag. Please call us for a free review of your claim.