Last week, Toyota announced that it would recall 1.6 million more vehicles as a result of defective Takata airbags. Takata’s airbags have exploded in a few accidents, sending shrapnel flying throughout the inside of the vehicle. This latest announcement comes one month after a Nissan driver was injured in Japan by an exploding Takata airbag.
The latest recall involved some models sold in Japan, including the Corolla, Vitz, and about 20 others which were made between 2004 and 2005. The exploding airbags have led to eight deaths and 100 injuries. Roughly 19 million vehicles in the U.S. have been recalled as a result of the airbags. In the U.S., 12 automakers have issued recalls related to the airbags. So far, there have been 44 separate recalls related to the airbags. Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that Takata would receive the largest civil penalty in the agency’s history because of its violations of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, among other violations.
It’s unfortunate that so many companies, such as Takata, put profits ahead of their customers’ safety. When a customer is injured as a result of a defective consumer product, such as an airbag, the customer can sue the company for damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
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