Understanding Airbag Defect Cases
Consumers can follow airbag recall news or search for current and past airbag recalls on the Website of the NHTSA, as well as on other car safety advocate outlets. Look on your car windshield for a 17-character Vehicle Identification Number. Your VIN is also located on your car’s registration card.
If your car is listed on a recall notice, contact your dealer and an auto defect attorney.
If your car has been recalled and you have suffered an injury, contact an auto defect attorney to investigate a potential claim
If you have been injured by a defective airbag that failed to deploy or deployed inadvertently and caused injury, you may have a valuable product liability claim. Settlements are likely in the event of an airbag defect leading to consumer injury.
Your Auto Defect Lawyer is dedicated to holding auto companies accountable when they fail to properly test safety features and release defective products that injure the American consumer.
The Lyon Firm has filed numerous product liability and class action lawsuits against large auto companies and car makers for endangering consumers with defective airbags and other faulty auto components.
By holding companies responsible for their negligence and putting American drivers at risk, Joe Lyon and plaintiffs aim to reach a sizable settlement and make the roads safer in the future.
When crucial safety features fail to function as they were intended, serious injuries are likely. If airbags fail to deploy or deploy when they shouldn’t they may be responsible for consumer injuries.
As of December 2020, about 10 million affected airbags remain on America’s roads. Even some replacement airbag inflators have been recalled with the same rupture risks.
People injured by Takata airbags can file claims for compensation through funds that were created to compensate victims. Contact The Lyon Firm to learn more.
Auto manufacturers and car makers can be held liable in airbag defect lawsuits. Many automakers outsource some of their production and may not always be aware of some defects. Honda, for example, purchased all their defective airbags from Takata.
Faulty wiring within the steering wheel is suspected in many airbag deployment injury cases. A short circuit may cause the air bags to become disabled or inadvertently deploy. An inadvertent airbag deployment can increase the risk of injury or the possibility of a crash.
An inoperative airbag can increase the risk of injury in a severe crash. The power steering assist could also become inoperable resulting in increased steering effort and can increase the risk of a crash at low speeds.
On October 16th, 2014, Honda Motor Company opened its records to a third party investigation firm after allegations that the company was covering up its information regarding the true numbers of deaths and injuries associated with the Takata airbag recall incident. The Center for Auto Safety is responsible for the allegations and has based them on reports by similar automakers who have identified many more cases.
GM and Toyota have reported around 1,700 incidents each, whereas Honda has only reported 28. Honda’s defense is that under the TREAD Act, it is only required to report written, not verbal, complaints. However, the Center for Auto Safety is arguing that there are still written statements which have not been cited. Law360 reports.
On October 29th, 2014, consumers began to take legal action regarding the faulty airbags. Class action suits were filed in both Florida and California. The attorney for the Florida plaintiffs alluded to the trials ending up in Florida, since so many cases are suspected to be filed there; the state is expecting a large influx of these lawsuits against Takata because the humidity in this region (including Puerto Rico) makes the defective airbags explode more frequently.
The Florida judge set December 8th for a “hearing on the motion of expedited discovery”; the urgency stems from the plaintiff’s argument that these airbags may lead to further deaths if not handled properly and promptly. Law360 reports.
On October 30th, 2014, a Hawaiian Honda driver filed a potential class action in Los Angeles federal court against Takata Corporation and Honda Motor Company.
Furthermore, the NHTSA has ordered Takata to turnover several of their documents on airbags, including correspondence between Takata and motor companies regarding their recalled products.
Critics argue that the NHTSA should have taken such action in July at the latest. The NHTSA Deputy Administrator said they want Takata to release documents and answer questions under oath regarding the discrepancies involved in their airbags.
On November 7th, 2014, Californians hit Takata Corporation with yet another class action. The suit is brought against the company, alleging that it destroyed evidence, including videos and computer backups, that showed their airbag defects.
There are eight named plaintiffs from California, New Jersey, Ohio, New York, Virginia, and Washington. The New York Times reported that former employees alluded to lab technicians being told by the company to destroy testing data that “showed cracks in the steel casings that house their airbag inflators.” Law360 reports.
On November 17th, 2014, a Florida family filed a lawsuit against Honda Motor Company and Takata, Inc. for issuing their recall of explosive air bags much too late. According to Law 360, Hien Thi Tran died in late September due to an accident in which the air bag deployed and sent sharp shrapnel all throughout her body.
The wounds were so bad that medical personnel initially thought she had been stabbed and police initially looked into her death as a homicide. This suit is coupled with numerous others that are springing up all over the country, and can be handled by a defective airbag lawyer.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated auto recall attorney and Auto Defect lawyer who has successfully represented plaintiffs throughout the United States in multiple complex product liability cases. These cases are generally filed in Federal Court, though State Court options may be available in certain cases.
If you or a family member have been injured by a recalled airbag device and need a defective airbag lawyer, contact The Lyon Firm today for a no-cost consultation at (800) 513-2403 to learn more about your legal rights.