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The numbers are staggering when it comes to the Takata airbag recall, the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. Nearly 70 million vehicles are already affected, and there is a possibility that millions more will be included. The recall is so immense it may be 2019 before it can be completed, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Many people driving older models with defective airbags have either already moved on to other vehicles or will soon be doing so. After all, some of the affected models go back all the way to 2001. But if you have an older car you’re fond of, you may have to wait another three years before you can have your airbag replaced.
The Dallas Morning News recently reported that vehicles owned by people living in high heat and humidity areas will get top priority. The chemical used by Takata in the defective airbags, chemical ammonium nitrate, is known to degrade in hot environments. This can lead to an intense explosion of an airbag, blowing apart the metal canister in which it is housed. This, of course, can then result in drivers and passengers being hit by shrapnel.
So far, at least 11 deaths have been blamed on malfunctioning Takata airbags.
There are two main reasons why you should think about filing a Takata airbag lawsuit. The first, of course, would be if you or a family member has been injured or killed due to a defective airbag. You may be able to obtain compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages and other damages. But you may also want to take action if you have a vehicle on the recall list. There is a chance that you would have a claim for economic loss, because your recalled vehicle may be more difficult to sell or its value may be impacted by the defective airbag, or you may receive compensation because you paid for a vehicle which should not have had a defective airbag.
If you are considering a lawsuit against Takata because you own a car with a defective airbag you need to speak with an attorney with Baron & Budd as soon as possible. Click here to contact us online or call 866-633-2906 to schedule a consultation to learn about all your potential legal options.