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Defective Airbag Class Action Lawsuits

Airbag lawsuits re defective design

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, an estimated 28 million vehicles in this country may have defective airbags that can explode when they deploy and spray passenger with metal shrapnel, causing severe injury and even death.

A massive nationwide recall is now in effect for Takata airbags after years of partial and regional recalls. This page provides crucial information about the problem with Takata airbags, vehicles affected, and possible remedies for vehicle owners and injury victims.

Airbag Lawsuits: Quick Answers to Important Questions 

I need to find out if my car is part of the recall. What should I do?  You can enter your vehicle’s VIN number and find out here.

I think my car is covered under the recall. What do I do?  Your manufacturer should, if it hasn’t already, contacted you. Please call your local dealership immediately for clarification if your vehicle is affected and you haven’t received notification. Vehicles with bad Takata airbags will need to be fixed, and loaner cars may be available in the interim so you don’t have to drive a vehicle with a ticking time bomb in it.

I was in an accident and the airbag ruptured. What should I do?  Drivers and passengers who have cuts from exploding Takata airbags are eligible to file lawsuits. Complete the form on this page for more information.

The Airbag Defect as It’s Now Understood

Takata for years changed its story about the cause of airbag defects as it held back key information from federal regulators and the public. Recently, the causes of the defect have come to light, at last providing clarity for a problem that has killed at least 10 people and injured over 100.

First, it’s important to understand how airbags work. Airbags are, in effect, controlled explosive devices that use chemical propellants to inflate the airbag. During an accident that triggers the airbag, the propellant turns from a solid to a gas in milliseconds. In a normally functioning airbag the explosion is contained within a metal canister known as the “inflator.” All that the occupant ever sees after an accident is the deployed airbag.

This is not the case with defective Takata airbags, which use a chemical propellant called ammonium nitrate that can destabilize when exposed to heat and moisture. Takata is the only airbag manufacture to use ammonium nitrate. Takata inflators also appear to have a bad design that allows moisture to penetrate the propellant wafers. Over time, these factors, working together, can cause Takata airbag explosions, say scientists, who add that their findings apply to roughly 23 million of the 28 million recalled airbags.

The unusually powerful explosion caused by the degraded ammonium nitrate can rip apart the metal inflator canister, shooting metal shards into the face, neck, and torso of occupants and causing serious injuries such as cuts, lacerations, broken bones, blindness, disfigurement, and in at least 10 instances, death.

Automobiles recalled to date

The following list of recalled vehicles is current as of March 22, 2016. Since the list is subject to change, check safercar.gov for the latest news. You can also sign up for instant e-mail updates.

Acura

  • 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
  • 2009-2014 Acura TL
  • 2010-2013 Acura ZDX

BMW

  • 2008-2013 128i
  • 2008-2013 135i
  • 2008-2013 1 Series M
  • 2000 323i
  • 2002-2006 325Ci
  • 2002-2003 325iT
  • 2001-2011 325i
  • 2001-2011 325xi
  • 2002-2003 325xiT
  • 2006-2012 325xiT
  • 2000 328i
  • 2006-2013 328i
  • 2006-2013 328xi
  • 2006-2013 328i xDrive
  • 2001-2011 330i
  • 2001-2011 330xi
  • 2002-2006 330Ci
  • 2006-2013 335i
  • 2006-2013 335xi
  • 2006-2013 335i xDrive
  • 2009-2011 335d
  • 2007-2013 335is
  • 2002-2003 525i
  • 2002-2003 530i
  • 2002-2003 540i
  • 2001-2013 M3
  • 2002-2003 M5
  • 2013-2015 X1 sDrive28i
  • 2013-2015 X1 xDrive28i
  • 2013-2015 X1 xDrive35i
  • 2007-2010 X3 xDrive30i
  • 2003 X5 3.0i
  • 2003 X5 4.4i
  • 2007-2013 X5 xDrive30i
  • 2007-2013 X5 xDrive35i
  • 2007-2013 X5 xDrive48i
  • 2007-2013 X5 xDrive50i
  • 2007-2013 X5 M
  • 2009-2013 X5 xDrive35d
  • 2008-2014 X6 xDrive35i
  • 2008-2014 X6 xDrive50i
  • 2008-2014 X6 M

Chrysler

  • 2007-2008 Chrysler Aspen
  • 2005-2010 Chrysler 300
  • 2005-2010 Chrysler 300C
  • 2006-2007 Chrysler Crossfire
  • 2005-2010 Chrysler SRT8

Dodge

  • 2008-2010 Dodge Challenger
  • 2006-2010 Dodge Charger
  • 2005-2011 Dodge Dakota
  • 2004-2008 Dodge Durango
  • 2005-2008 Dodge Magnum
  • 2003-2009 Dodge Ram 1500
  • 2003-2009 Dodge Ram 2500
  • 2003-2009 Dodge Ram 3500
  • 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 4500
  • 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 5500

Daimler

  • 2008-2009 Sterling Bullet 4500
  • 2008-2009 Sterling Bullet 5500
  • 2007-2008 Dodge Sprinter 2500
  • 2007-2008 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

 

Chevrolet

  • 2007-2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500
  • 2007-2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

Ford

  • 2004-2006 Ranger
  • 2005-2006 GT
  • 2005-2014 Mustang

General Motors

  • 2007-2008 GMC Sierra 2500
  • 2007-2008 GMC Sierra 3500

Honda

  • 2001-2007 Accord
  • 2001-2005 Civic
  • 2003-2005 Civic Hybrid
  • 2001-2004 Civic CNG
  • 2002-2011 CR-V
  • 2011-2015 CR-Z
  • 2003-2011 Element
  • 2010-2014 FCX Clarity
  • 2009-2013 Fit
  • 2013-2014 Fit EV
  • 2010-2014 Insight
  • 2002-2004 Odyssey
  • 2003-2008 Pilot
  • 2006-2014 Ridgeline

 

Infiniti

  • 2001 Infiniti I30
  • 2003-2005 Infiniti FX35
  • 2003-2005 Infiniti FX45
  • 2002-2004 Infiniti I35
  • 2006 Infiniti M35
  • 2006 Infiniti M45
  • 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4

Mazda

  • 2004-2006 B-Series Truck
  • 2003-2008 Mazda6
  • 2006-2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed6
  • 2004-2005 MPV
  • 2004-2008 RX-8

Mercedes-Benz

  • 2005 C230 Kompressor
  • 2006-2007 C230
  • 2008-2011 C300
  • 2008-2011 C300 4Matic
  • 2005 C320

    2006-2011 C350
  • 2009-2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
  • 2010-2011 E350
  • 2010-2011 E350 4Matic
  • 2011 E350 Cabriolet
  • 2010-2011 E550
  • 2010-2011 E550 4Matic
  • 2011 E550 Cabriolet

    2010-2011 E63 AMG
  • 2009-2010 GL320 BlueTec 4Matic
  • 2011-2012 GL350 BlueTec 4Matic
  • 2009-2012 GL450 4Matic
  • 2009-2012 GL550 4Matic
  • 2010-2012 GLK350
  • 2010-2012 GLK350 4Matic
  • 2009-2010 ML320 BlueTec 4Matic
  • 2009-2011 ML350
  • 2009-2011 ML350 4Matic
  • 2010-2011 ML450 4Matic Hybrid
  • 2009-2011 ML550 4Matic
  • 2009-2011 ML63 AMG
  • 2007-2008 SLK280
  • 2007-2008 SLK350
  • 2007-2008 SLK55 AMG
  • 2011-2014 SLS AMG
  • 2012 SLS AMG Cabriolet
  • 2013-2014 SLS AMG GT
  • 2009-2010 R320 CDI 4Matic
  • 2009-2012 R350 4Matic
  • 2011-2012 R350 BlueTec 4Matic

Mitsubishi

  • 2004-2006 Lancer
  • 2004-2006 Lancer Evolution
  • 2004 Lancer Sportback
  • 2006-2009 Mitsubishi Raider

Nissan

  • 2001-2003 Nissan Maxima
  • 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra
  • 2002-2004 Nissan Pathfinder

Saab

  • 2005 Saab 9-2x
  • 2003-2011 Saab 9-3
  • 2010-2011 Saab 9-5

Saturn

  • 2008-2009 Saturn Astra

 

Pontiac

  • 2003-2008 Pontiac Vibe

Subaru

  • 2003-2005 Baja
  • 2004-2005 Impreza
  • 2003-2008 Legacy
  • 2003-2008 Outback

Toyota

  • 2003-2008 Corolla
  • 2003-2008 Corolla Matrix
  • 2004-2005 Rav4
  • 2002-2007 Sequoia
  • 2003-2006 Tundra
  • 2002-2010 Lexus SC

Volkswagen

  • 2005-2013 Audi A3
  • 2006-2009 Audi A4 Cabrio
  • 2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabrio
  • 2009-2012 Audi Q5
  • 2009-2014 CC
  • 2012-2014 Eos
  • 2010-2014 Golf
  • 2010-2014 Jetta Sportwagen
  • 2006-2010 Passat
  • 2012-2014 Passat

Defective Airbag Lawsuits  

As federal safety regulators and Congress step up their investigations into Takata, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the manufacturer for years covered up airbag safety concerns. Takata’s failure to act promptly and provide greater transparency has likely resulted in injuries and deaths that could have been prevented.

This is what injury victims and their families are alleging in lawsuits filed against Takata. Auto parts suppliers such as Takata have a duty to provide products free of defects, to perform adequate product testing, and to fully disclose issues that pose safety threats. Failure to live up these and other duties can result in legal action against manufacturers and lawsuit compensation for victims.

If you or someone you know was the victim of an exploding Takata airbag and have questions about what to do next, please complete the form on this page and we’ll provide a free case evaluation.

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