In another action related to the Takata airbag recalls, the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration is urging Honda and Acura drivers to stop
driving their vehicles if they have the defective airbags. According to new test data on a subset of the defective Takata airbags
in various Hondas and Acuras (model years 2001 – 2003), there is
a high risk of rupture when the airbag deploys. This is a recall that
has already requested for more than 63 million Takata airbags to be pulled
off the market, with another 300,000 expected to come within the next
Since they have been introduced, these Takata airbags have been associated
with the death of at least 10 individuals and even more sustaining serious
injuries. Eight of the deaths have involved the most recent targeted airbag.
According to data, Takata airbags show a 50% chance of exploding after
the vehicle has crashed. Other airbags are reported to have about a 1%
chance of explosion by comparison. This goes to show the potential dangers
involved in the airbags that are in so many of these model vehicles. The
continuing recall can be a big help in how these are handled.
With roughly 700,000 vehicles already fixed and 8.9 million airbags replaced,
there is still a chance it can take years before the remaining vehicles
are fixed. Roughly 20% of the 260 million vehicles in the United States
have had or still have a defective Takata airbag, some containing two
of the airbags. Not all parts are available, making the repairs take longer
to be fully completed. Since the recall began between 2008 and 2011, Honda
has stated that roughly 70% of their vehicles with the defective airbags
have been repaired.
The following vehicles are part of the latest warning:
- 2001 & 2002 Honda Accord
- 2001 & 2002 Honda Accord
- 2002 Honda Odyssey
- 2002 Honda CR-V
- 2002 & 2003 Acura TL
- 2003 Honda Pilot
- 2003 Acura CL
The recall shows that when the airbags deploy, they run the risk of rupturing
and causing significant injuries due to shrapnel flying in the direction
of the driver. Two of these fatal incidents have occurred within the last
year and the number may continue to rise if the matter is not taken care
Unfortunately, while manufacturers are expected to keep the safety of the
consumer in mind when making their products, it doesn’t always happen.
Some items may be pushed out without the proper safety testing and cause
significant injury when they fail. If that happens, it may be grounds
for the injured party to file a lawsuit against the negligent manufacturer
to seek compensation for the damages sustained. This not only helps the
injury victim, but it can also help to prevent the manufacturer from making
a similar mistake again in the future, leaving others susceptible to injury.
At The Pittman Firm, P.A., we make it a point to protect our clients’
rights after they have been injured. Our
Florida Panhandle defective product attorneys are dedicated to representing clients who have been harmed by dangerous
products such as the Takata airbags. If you believe you have a case, we
encourage you to reach out to us and learn more about your legal options.
We are ready to help you take the steps necessary to reach a successful
resolution in your case.
Call us today to get started.