A few months back we told you about the Takata airbag recall that was sweeping the nation. Since then, more than 20 million vehicles have been recalled because of the faulty inflators that were discovered in Takata airbags. As part of the initial recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) asked 11 automakers to recall some 34 million vehicles. While that number has been reduced, there are still mounting concerns regarding the embattled Japanese manufacturer, Takata. The potential danger surrounding Takata airbags was first brought to attention by reports that at least eight people had been killed by the faulty airbags, and more than 100 more injured.
Just as a refresher, Takata is under investigation for manufacturing airbags that, instead of working as they should, malfunction explosively, blasting plastic and metal shrapnel into the passenger’s side of the vehicle. Takata’s defective airbags have caused a great deal of harm and damages to people all across the nation. Airbags are supposed to protect car passengers in the event of a crash, but Takata bags have done the complete opposite. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident due to a defective airbag, contact the personal injury lawyers at Atkins & Markoff. We have been following the Takata airbag case closely and are prepared to represent you in a court of law. Now, let’s take a look at a few of the latest happenings regarding the defective Takata airbag case.
Takata to Stop Using Volatile Chemical in Their Airbags
Earlier this month Takata announced it would no longer be using ammonium nitrate in their airbag inflators. Even though the company has yet to acknowledge the source of the exploding airbags, ammonium nitrate is a known volatile chemical. The company has been keeping a tight lip in regards to the entire Takata airbag recall, but the decision to stop using ammonium nitrate is being looked at as somewhat of an admittance of fault. In order for Takata to remain a presence in the airbag manufacturing industry, they must make changes. Since 2003, there have been numerous cases of defective Takata airbag inflators, and all of them have used ammonium nitrate as a propellant.
Ferrari Recalls Takata Airbags
Also this month, a total of 58 Ferrari vehicles set to go to Australia were recalled because of a possible fault related to Takata airbags in eight of the brand’s super and hypercars. The airbag issue was discovered during routine control checks of the vehicles, prompting the Ferrari team to take action and recall the cars that were outfitted with the pre-made Takata airbags. Ferrari is encouraging anyone who has concerns about this issue to contact their local Ferrari dealer, and possibly a lawyer.
To learn more about the Takata airbag recall, contact Atkins & Markoff today. Our Oklahoma lawyers will do everything it takes to help ensure justice is served and that the Takata airbag manufacturers are held accountable for the faulty airbags.