The largest automotive recall in history centers on the defective Takata airbags found in millions of vehicles manufactured by Honda, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, and other popular car brands. The defect results in shrapnel-like metal shards and airbag components being propelled throughout the vehicle interior. This frequently results in lacerations, puncture wounds, and blunt force trauma that can cause injury, disfigurement, or death.
If you or one of your loved ones was injured by a defective Takata airbag, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer, including compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses resulting from your injuries. In cases of wrongful death, compensation for burial and funeral expenses may also be recoverable.
To discuss your Takata injury claim in a free, confidential legal consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney serving Pennsylvania and New Jersey, call the Wieand Law Firm, LLC at (215) 666-7777.
What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?
The Takata airbag recall is unprecedented in scope and scale, affecting many of the -selling models produced by foreign and domestic car companies. A wide array of automobiles is covered by the recall, ranging from everyday economy cars to niche luxury vehicles and high-performance sports cars. Even electric cars, like the Tesla Model S, have been recalled due to featuring potentially dangerous Takata airbags. Vehicles manufactured as early as 2000 and as recently as 2017 may be affected, depending on the brand, make, and model.
Below is a partial list of cars, trucks, SUVs, sedans, convertibles, and other vehicles that have been affected by the Takata airbag recall. The recall may continue to expand, and the following list is subject to change at any time pending further announcements from Takata Corporation. If your vehicle is included in the recall, you should contact an auto dealer right away for further assistance.
- Acura – 2003 3.2CL, 2005–2012 RL, 2010–2013 ZDX
- Audi – 2005–2009 S4, 2006–2013 A3, 2007–2011 S6
- BMW – 2000–2012 3-Series Wagon, 2001–2013 X5, 2008–2011 M3 Sedan
- Buick – 2015 LaCrosse
- Cadillac – 2007–2014 Escalade, 2015 XTS
- Chevrolet – 2007–2014 Suburban and Tahoe, 2015 Camaro
- Chrysler – 2006–2008 Crossfire, 2007–2009 Aspen
- Daimler – 2007–2017 Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500
- Dodge/Ram – 2003–2009 Ram 2500, 2004–2009 Durango, 2005–2011 Dakota, 2006–2015 Charger
- Ferrari – 2010–2015 458 Italia, 2012–2015 458 Spider, 2015–2017 California T
- Fisker – 2012 Karma
- Ford – 2004–2011 Ranger, 2005–2014 and 2017 Mustang, 2017 F-150
- GMC – 2007–2014 Yukon, 2007–2013 Sierra 1500
- Honda – 2001–2012 Accord, 2001–2011 Civic, 2002–2011 and 2016 CR-V, 2006–2014 Ridgeline, 2007–2013 Fit
- Infiniti – 2002–2003 QX4, 2006–2010 M35 and M45
- Jaguar – 2009–2015 XF
- Jeep – 2007–2016 Wrangler
- Land Rover – 2007–2012 Range Rover
- Lexus – 2006–2013 IS, 2010–2017 GX, 2010–2015 IS Convertible
- Lincoln – 2007–2010 Lincoln MKX
- Mazda – 2004–2011 RX-8, 2004–2009 B-Series
- McLaren – 2012–2014 MP4-12C, 2016–2017 570
- Mercedes-Benz – 2007–2008 SLK-Class, 2009–2012 GL-Class
- Mercury – 2006–2011 Milan
- Mitsubishi – 2004–2007 Lancer, 2006–2009 Raider
- Nissan – 2001–2003 and 2016–2017 Maxima, 2002–2004 Pathfinder, 2012–2017 Altima
- Pontiac – 2003–2010 Vibe
- Saab – 2005–2006 9-2X
- Saturn – 2008–2009 Astra
- Scion – 2008–2015 xB
- Subaru – 2003–2014 Legacy and Outback, 2004–2011 Impreza, 2009–2013 Forester
- Tesla – 2012–2016 Tesla Model S
- Toyota – 2003–2013 Corolla, 2003–2006 Tundra, 2010–2016 4Runner
- Volkswagen – 2012–2014 Passat (sedan and wagon), 2010–2014 Jetta SportWagen and Golf
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) maintains a current Takata recall list on its website. Be sure to check the NHTSA list for the most complete and up-to-date information.
Compensation for Injuries Caused by Defective Takata Airbag Explosion Accidents
Takata airbags feature powerful chemical propellants that enable rapid airbag inflation in the event of a car accident. High humidity and improper storage conditions caused these propellants to degrade, resulting in defects which now allow the affected airbags to spontaneously and explosively deploy.
As of 2017, at least 12 fatalities and over 100 nonfatal injuries have been attributed to Takata airbags, beginning with the first recorded fatality in 2008. Approximately 70 million airbags have been recalled in the United States alone, including a recent wave of 2.7 million recalls issued July 2017. Worldwide, the recall figure is closer to 100 million, marking the largest recall in the automotive industry’s global history.
The force of deployment is powerful enough to propel high-speed shards of shrapnel at drivers and their passengers, frequently leading to puncture wounds, lacerations, eye injuries, throat and neck injuries, facial scarring, organ damage, extensive bruising, and potentially wrongful death. Airbag explosions can also cause drivers to swerve into traffic or drive off the road, leading to serious or deadly auto accidents.
Deaths and injuries caused by defective Takata airbags can plunge the victims into financial hardship at a time when they need support most. Compensation can relieve the financial hardship caused by lost wages, reduced earning ability, surgery costs, physical therapy, funeral expenses, and other expenses. Multiple class actions, or lawsuits that consolidate numerous claims into one case against a common defendant, have already been initiated against Takata Corporation. The Wieand Law Firm, LLC can determine whether you are eligible to file a claim against Takata, and if so, assist you in the recovery process. We are highly experienced with claims against negligent automotive manufacturers, and will ensure that your claim is handled with care and efficiency.
Philadelphia Takata Airbag Lawsuit Attorney
If you or a family member was injured due to a Takata airbag defect, you should speak with a Takata lawsuit lawyer about getting compensated for the losses and expenses you have incurred. The Wieand Law Firm, LLC represents Takata injury victims throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including drivers and passengers in Abington, Allentown, Bensalem, Bethlehem, Bristol, Camden, Cherry Hill, Gloucester Township, Hamilton Township, Haverford, Levittown, Lower Merion, Philadelphia, Reading, Trenton, Upper Darby, and other communities throughout both states. For a free legal consultation concerning a Takata accident claim, call the Wieand Law Firm, LLC at (215) 666-7777.