Defective Takata airbags have been the largest recall in the history of the auto industry. It has had a huge impact on the company’s earnings. However, the NHTSA head has offered a reassurance that the financial situation of the company will not leave drivers in a lurch. In this post, Chicago car accident lawyer discusses the issue in detail.
Amid rising concerns about the possibility of Takata filing bankruptcy, and thereby shrinking its obligation to repair the recalled and dangerous airbags, NHTSA has clarified that the ultimate responsibility to repair the affected vehicles was with auto manufacturers and not Takata.
The NHTSA head also clarified that the agency had several layers of protections to make sure that the affected vehicles are repaired regardless of what happens to Takata. Defective Takata airbags are responsible for deaths of 16 people who were injured with metal shrapnel when airbags deployed sometimes even in event of minor accidents.
Takata airbags caused more injuries than the accidents
Currently, Takata is seeking a buyer to save themselves all the trouble of this scandal. The entire Takata problem arose from a design flaw that causes the airbags to inflate with too much force. Whenever the Takata airbags are deployed in event of a crash, they spray metal shrapnel over the vehicle occupants. Sometimes, the vehicle occupants might not even realize that the shrapnel is from the airbag and not from the accident.
The NHTSA has imposed a civil penalty of a whopping $200 million on Takata and forced them to phase out the defective airbags and replace the ones that are already installed in vehicles. Till now, millions of airbags have been replaced in the United States, however, it is still a small percentage of the total defective airbags that need repairs.
Even senators have raised concerns over what would happen to the owners of 70 million defective airbags in case Takata declared bankruptcy or was sold. In response to this letter, the NHTSA had clarified that the ultimate responsibility for airbag repairs lies with the automakers and not Takata.
If you want to check out whether or not their vehicle has been affected by Takata recall, simply visit safecar.gov and search for your vehicle’s identification number.
Were you injured by a Takata airbag?
If you think you were injured due to a defective airbag, you should discuss your case with a competent and qualified Chicago car accident attorney.