Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) dramatically increased the number of recalled vehicles to 7.78 million for faulty Takata airbags that pose an immediate threat to passengers.
NHTSA has been conducting on ongoing investigation of Takata airbags, which were first recalled by automakers in 2008. NHTSA did not give a reason for its alarming statements today, but encouraged vehicle owners to use automakers' recall websites to determine if their vehicle models had been recalled.
Affected vehicles include, but are not limited to:
- BMW 3 Series
- Chrysler Dodge Ram, Durango, and Dakota
- Ford Ranger, GT, and Mustang
- GM Pontiac Vibe and Saab
- Honda Accord, Civic, CRV, Element, Odyssey, Pilot, Acura
- Mazda 6, MPV, and B-series truck
- Mitsubishi Lancer and Raider
- Nissan Maxima, Pathfinder, Sentra, Infiniti
- Subaru Baja, Legacy, Outback, Impreza
- Toyota Lexus SC, Corolla, Sequoia, and Tundra
To see if your car or truck is included in the recall, please check the manufacturer's website for details and model years.
Toyota said that the chemical propellant used to deploy Takata airbags was not handled properly in the manufacturing process causing the airbags to tear loose and impact passengers in the face and chest. Two deaths have been linked to these faulty airbags already.
If you or your loved one has been injured because of a defective airbag, please contact The Gilbert Law Group® today or call (303) 431-1111 to schedule your consultation with one of our experienced defective airbag attorneys. Based in the Denver area, we serve clients nationwide.