Exploding Takata Airbag Recall

Airbag Injury Attorney Represents Takata Victims and Families

The danger of defective Takata airbags has resulted in 14 different automakers issuing vehicle recalls for almost 70 million vehicles in the United States, and 100 million worldwide. The airbags, manufactured by the Japanese auto supplier Takata Corporation, can explode in an accident and send metal fragments flying through the vehicle. As of 2016, these defective airbags have caused 11 deaths in U.S. car accidents. Safety advocates are calling for all those affected by the Takata airbag recall to have their vehicle fixed immediately.

At Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., we handle a wide range of auto defect cases, including those involving defective airbags. If an exploding Takata airbag caused your injuries or the wrongful death a loved one, then an airbag injury attorney from our law firm can help you explore your legal options.

Are you at risk? Check our list of vehicles subject to the Takata airbag recall, catalogued below.

What are the Dangers of Takata Defective Airbags?

Recalled Takata airbags can inflict serious and sometimes fatal injuries due to a defect in the airbag inflator. The materials used in the manufacture of these inflators can sometimes degrade, a process which accelerates in heat and/or humidity. When this happens, the metal cartridge of the inflator weakens, often causing it to rupture during a car crash. If the igniter degrades enough, the airbags may go off without warning during even a minor fender bender. A rupture can also cause the inflator to ignite with too much force, resulting in an explosion. Additionally, the explosion may propel pieces of the broken metal inflator throughout the car.

Safety advocates are comparing the defective airbags to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) due to the extreme hazard of the metal shrapnel. Over 100 serious airbag injuries from shrapnel and at least 11 deaths have been attributed to these exploding Takata products. For this reason, it is important to take action if you receive notice that your car is subject to a vehicle recall for Takata airbags. The vehicle manufacturer should replace your defective airbags, free of charge. Additionally, due to the size of this recall, some vehicles have been given a higher priority. These include older cars as well as those kept in warm, humid states.

What is the History of the Takata Airbag Recall?

The first car crash involving defective Takata airbag injuries occurred in 2004. However, while National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) was notified of a potential defect in 2004 and again in 2007, no vehicle recall was issued and no further investigation was conducted. It was not until the summer of 2014 that automakers began to issue recalls for these defective airbags. At the end of 2014, the NHTSA advised car companies to recall vehicles affected by Takata airbags on a national scale. Since then, the Takata airbag recall has expanded to include 14 automakers and nearly 30 brands or cars, vans and trucks.

Whistleblowers from the Takata Corporation came forward in 2014, after the first vehicle recalls, to say Takata knew the extent and dangers of the defect in 2004. However, they intentionally hid test results from the public. When Honda notified Takata of the crash in 2004, it conducted safety tests on 50 airbags and discovered the defect. Rather than alert the public, the company ordered its lab technicians to delete the test records and say nothing. These tests occurred four full years before Takata publicly acknowledged the airbag defects.

Vehicles Named In The Takata Airbag Recall:

Jaguar

2009 – 2011 Jaguar XF

Mercury

2006 – 2011 Mercury Milan

Pontiac

2003 – 2010 Pontiac Vibe

Saturn

2008 – 2009 Saturn Astra

Scion

2008 – 2011 Scion XB

Ferrari

2010 – 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia

2009 – 2011 Ferrari California

Jeep/Land Rover

2007 – 2011 Land Rover Range Rover

2007 – 2012 Jeep Wrangler

Cadillac

2007 – 2011 Cadillac Escalade

2007 – 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV

2007 – 2011 Cadillac Escalade EXT

Mitsubishi

2004 – 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer

2004 – 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

2006 – 2009 Mitsubishi Raider

Nissan

2001 – 2003 Nissan Maxima

2002 – 2006 Nissan Sentra

2002 – 2004 Nissan Pathfinder

2007 – 2011 Nissan Versa

Saab

2005 – 2006 Saab 9-2x

2006 – 2011 Saab 9-3

2006 – 2009 Saab 9-5

2008 – 2011 Saab XB

Chrysler

2007 – 2009 Chrysler Aspen

2005 – 2012 Chrysler 300

2005 – 2010 Chrysler 300C

2007 – 2008 Chrysler Crossfire

2005 – 2010 Chrysler SRT8

Ford

2007 – 2010 Ford Edge

2006 – 2011 Ford Fusion

2005 – 2006 Ford GT

2005 – 2014 Ford Mustang

2004 – 2011 Ford Ranger

General Motors

2007 – 2011 GMC Sierra 1500

2007 – 2011 GMC Sierra 2500

2007 – 2011 GMC Sierra 3500

2007 – 2011 GMC Yukon

2007 – 2011 GMC Yukon XL

Audi

2005 – 2013 Audi A3

2004 – 2008 Audi A4

2006 – 2009 Audi A4 Cabrio

2010 – 2011 Audi A5 Cabrio

2005 – 2011 Audi A6

2009 – 2012 Audi Q5

Chevrolet

2007 – 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

2007 – 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2007 – 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

2007 – 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

2007 – 2011 Chevrolet Suburban

2007 – 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

Subaru

2003 – 2006 Subaru Baja

2009 – 2011 Subaru Forester

2004, 2006 – 2011 Subaru Impreza

2003 – 2011 Subaru Legacy

2003 – 2011 Subaru Outback

2006 – 2011 Subaru Tribeca

Volkswagen

2009 – 2014 Volkswagen CC

2012 – 2014 Volkswagen Eos

2010 – 2014 Volkswagen Golf

2010 – 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen

2006 – 2010 Volkswagen Passat

2012 – 2014 Volkswagen Passat

Infiniti

2003 – 2008 Infiniti FX35

2003 – 2008 Infiniti FX45

2001, 2003 – 2004 Infiniti I30

2002 – 2004 Infiniti I35

2006 – 2010 Infiniti M35

2006 – 2010 Infiniti M45

2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4

Mazda

2004 – 2006 Mazda B-Series Truck

2007 – 2011 Mazda CX-7

2007 – 2011 Mazda CX-9

2003 – 2011 Mazda6

2006 – 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed6

2004 – 2006 Mazda MPV

2004 – 2011 Mazda RX-8

Daimler Vans and Trucks

2008 – 2009 Sterling Bullet 4500

2008 – 2009 Sterling Bullet 5500

2007 – 2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500

2007 – 2009 Dodge Sprinter 3500

2007 – 2014 Freightliner Sprinter 2500

2007 – 2014 Freightliner Sprinter 3500

2010 – 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500

2010 – 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500

Lexus

2007 – 2011 Lexus ES350

2010 – 2011 Lexus GX460

2006 – 2011 Lexus IS 250

2010 – 2011 Lexus IS 250C

2006 – 2011 Lexus IS 350

2010 – 2011 Lexus IS 350C

2008 – 2011 Lexus IS F

2002 – 2010 Lexus SC

Toyota

2010 – 2011 Toyota 4Runner

2003 – 2011 Toyota Corolla

2003 – 2008 Toyota Corolla Matrix

2009 – 2011 Toyota Matrix

2004 – 2005 Toyota Rav4

2011 Toyota Sienna

2002 – 2007 Toyota Sequoia

2003 – 2006 Toyota Tundra

2006 – 2011 Toyota Yaris

Dodge

2008 – 2012 Dodge Challenger

2006 – 2012 Dodge Charger

2005 – 2011 Dodge Dakota

2004 – 2009 Dodge Durango

2005 – 2008 Dodge Magnum

2003 – 2009 Dodge Ram 1500

2003 – 2009 Dodge Ram 2500

2003 – 2010 Dodge Ram 3500

2008 – 2010 Dodge Ram 4500

2008 – 2010 Dodge Ram 5500

Acura

2003 Acura 3.2CL

2002 – 2003 Acura 3.2TL

2013 – 2016 Acura ILX

2013 – 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid

2003 – 2006 Acura MDX

2007 – 2016 Acura RDX

2005 – 2012 Acura RL

2009 – 2011 Acura TSX

2011 Acura TSX Sportswagon

2009 – 2014 Acura TL

2010 – 2013 Acura ZDX
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Honda

2001 – 2011 Honda Accord

2010 – 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour

2001 – 2011 Honda Civic

2001 – 2004 Honda Civic CNG

2006 – 2011 Honda Civic GX

2003 – 2011 Honda Civic Hybrid

2002 – 2011 Honda CR-V

2011 – 2015 Honda CR-Z

2003 – 2011 Honda Element

2010 – 2014 Honda FCX Clarity

2009 – 2013 Honda Fit

2013 – 2014 Honda Fit EV

2006 – 2011 Honda GL1800

2010 – 2014 Honda Insight

2002 – 2004 Honda Odyssey

2003 – 2011 Honda Pilot

2006 – 2014 Honda Ridgeline

Mercedes-Benz

2005 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor

2006 – 2007 Mercedes-Benz C230

2008 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz C300

2008 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic

2005 Mercedes-Benz C320

2006 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz C350

2008 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz C63

2009 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

2010 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350

2010 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic

2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Cabriolet

2010 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz E550

2010 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz E550 4Matic

2011 E550 Mercedes-Benz Cabriolet

2010 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

2009 – 2010 Mercedes-Benz GL320 BlueTec 4Matic

2011 – 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec 4Matic

2009 – 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL450 4Matic

2009 – 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL550 4Matic

2010 – 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK350

2010 – 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 4Matic

2009 – 2010 Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTec 4Matic

2009 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350

2009 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350 4Matic

2010 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML450 4Matic Hybrid

2009 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML550 4Matic

2009 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG

2007 – 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG

2007 – 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK280

2007 – 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK350

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS

2011 – 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Cabriolet

2013 – 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

2009 – 2010 Mercedes-Benz R320 CDI 4Matic

2009 – 2010 Mercedes-Benz R320 CDI 4Matic

2009 – 2012 Mercedes-Benz R350 4Matic

2011 – 2012 Mercedes-Benz R350 BlueTec 4Mati
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BMW

2008 – 2013 BMW 128i

2008 – 2013 BMW 135i

2008 – 2013 BMW 1 Series M

2000 BMW 323i

2002 – 2006 BMW 325Ci

2002 – 2003 BMW 325iT

2001 – 2011 BMW 325i

2001 – 2011 BMW 325xi

2002 – 2003 BMW 325xiT

2006 – 2012 BMW 325xiT

2000 BMW 328i

2006 – 2013 BMW 328i

2006 – 2013 BMW 328xi

2006 – 2013 BMW 328i xDrive

2001 – 2011 BMW 330i

2001 – 2011 BMW 330xi

2002 – 2006 BMW 330Ci

2006 – 2013 BMW 335i

2006 – 2013 BMW 335xi

2006 – 2013 BMW 335i xDrive

2009 – 2011 BMW 335d

2007 – 2013 BMW 335is

2002 – 2003 BMW 525i

2002 – 2003 BMW 530i

2002 – 2003 BMW 540i

2001 – 2013 BMW M3

2002 – 2003 BMW M5

2013 – 2015 BMW X1 sDrive28i

2013 – 2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i

2013 – 2015 BMW X1 xDrive35i

2007 – 2010 BMW X3 xDrive30i

2007 – 2011 BMW X5

2003 BMW X5 3.0i

2003 BMW X5 4.4i

2007 – 2013 BMW X5 xDrive30i

2007 – 2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i

2007 – 2013 BMW X5 xDrive48i

2007 – 2013 BMW X5 xDrive50

2007 – 2013 BMW X5 M

2009 – 2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d

2008 – 2011 BMW X6

2010 – 2011 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid SAC

2008 – 2014 BMW X6 M

2008 – 2014 BMW X6 xDrive35i

2008 – 2014 BMW X6 xDrive50i

Hurt by a Takata Airbag? Call Our Airbag Injury Attorney Today for a Free Consultation

If your serious injuries or a loved one’s wrongful death resulted from defective airbags, then we are here to help. Our experienced auto defect litigation team includes attorneys Stewart EisenbergNancy Winkler and Daniel J. Sherry, Jr. We can answer your questions about liability for Takata airbag injuries and assist you in filing a claim. You may be able to join the multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Takata and/or the manufacturer of your vehicle.

We offer free initial consultations and handle cases on a contingency fee basis, so you will not pay us unless we get results for you. Call our office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or Cherry Hill, New Jersey to schedule your free Takata case review today.