Over the past several years, automakers have issued recalls for millions of vehicles due to problems with defective airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation, a Japanese auto parts company. Defective airbags made by Takata have been linked to a number of injuries and deaths, particularly in humid regions like Texas.
Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs is currently reviewing cases from individuals and families who have been harmed by faulty Takata airbags.
Takata has faced increasing scrutiny and lawsuits over its defective airbags. According to auto manufacturers and federal officials, Takata airbags can malfunction and rupture when deployed. When these airbags rupture, vehicle occupants can be injured, often severely, by flying metal shards.
On May 19th, 2015, Takata admitted that millions of vehicles across the world were fitted with defective inflator mechanisms that can cause airbags to explode during deployment. The company also announced that it would be expanding its recall to 34 million U.S. vehicles – the largest auto recall in American history.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) also stated that the inflators were made with a propellant which could degrade over time and that consumers in states with high humidity could face increased risks.
Product liability law requires manufacturers to ensure their products are safe for public use. If you believe you or someone you love was injured as a result of a defective airbag, you may have the right to pursue compensation for your losses by filing a personal injury claim. Contact a Houston product liability attorney at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs today to discuss your rights and legal options.
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