Japanese manufacturer Takata Corporation recently admitted that its airbags are defective, NBC 10 News reported.
More than 34 million vehicles fitted with Takata airbags have been recalled because the defective canisters can rupture upon impact and spew shrapnel into the vehicle. The defective airbags have resulted in at least six deaths worldwide and hundreds of injuries.
A 2008 Honda recall involving 4,000 Civics and Accords set in motion the largest auto recall in history. During the next few years, Honda gradually expanded the recall and In April 2013, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda joined Honda and recalled more than 3.4 million vehicles globally.
After the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) received three complaints of airbag injuries caused by shrapnel from ruptured airbags, a massive 2014 recall brought the number of recalled vehicles to 10.5 million.
The massive June recall would not be the last.
When Anapol Weiss class action lawyers Sol Weiss and Larry Coben filed a Takata class action lawsuit in November 2014, the total number of vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recall was 14 million.
The lawsuit filed on behalf of 20 million owners and lessees seeks compensation for economic loss of vehicles devalued by the defective airbags.
Until the airbags can be replaced, more than 34 million drivers are forced to ride around in potentially dangerous vehicles that are not worth what they paid. Some manufacturers have suggested that drivers either avoid driving the car until it can be fixed or disable the airbags, according to CNN.
Coben contends that this is not an option. “People rely on their vehicles to earn their incomes, take their children to school, and for everyday survival.”
Takata has already manufactured 3.8 million replacement parts and recently announced the company would increase production to make up to 1 million replacements per month by September, according to ABC News.
Vehicle owners affected by the Takata airbag recall are urged to contact the defective airbag lawyers at Anapol Weiss to discuss the qualifications for joining the Takata class action lawsuit.