Many West Virginia drivers, as well as many motorists across the country, could be at a higher risk for sustaining an injury due to unsafe airbags. Takata, the maker of airbags for Honda, Toyota, Nissan and other automakers, is under fire after a massive recall was initiated. The recall was started over concerns about the airbags causing a higher risk for injury, even if there was no car accident. It is estimated that the recall now affects over 11 million vehicles.
Takata has been facing legal issues regarding the safety of its airbags for several years. The concern lies in the use of ammonium nitrate as a propellant for airbags, which was chosen because it is widely available and inexpensive. The chemical is highly unstable and the company has received numerous reports of exploding airbags. It is thought that at least six people have died because of complications with Takataairbags.
All of the explosions that have occurred in the U.S. have been in Honda vehicles. It is not known exactly what causes the explosions, but it is thought that it could be related to environmental factors, such as humidity. Takata has maintained a belief that a full recall is not warranted by the circumstances and is not currently cooperating with the NationalHighway Traffic Safety Administration.
West Virginia consumers have the right to safe vehicles and should not be placed at an unnecessarily high risk for injury. When dangerous products compromise the safety of consumers, legal options are available to victims. Takata and any others responsible for manufacturing the dangerous product may be liable for any car accident injury or suffering caused by these faulty airbags.
Source: thecarconnection.com, "Takata's Tough Week: Honda, Lexus, Nissan, Pontiac, Toyota Add 11.5 Million Cars To Airbag Recalls", Richard Read, May 15, 2015