Tens of millions of vehicles worldwide have been recalled over the past few years because of an ongoing issue with Takata airbags. This week, Toyota recalled another 1.7 million vehicles because of issues with airbag inflators.
The latest recall involves 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. The vehicle model years being recalled are 2010 through 2015. The models involved include several Lexus and Scion models, and the Toyota 4Runner, Corolla, Matrix, and Sienna. This recall comes on top of another recall issued by Toyota and Lexus right before the holidays, which was also due to issues with airbag inflators.
The Takata airbags involved have an increased chance that the bags will explode and send deadly shrapnel throughout the vehicle. The defective airbags react when exposed to high levels of heat and humidity. So far, at least 23 deaths have been linked to the airbags worldwide, with 15 occurring in the U.S.
Toyota is not the only company that has been affected by the defective airbags. Ford, General Motors, Honda, and Acura have all announced major recalls of vehicles with Takata airbags in the past. In addition, Ford recently announced plans to recall another one million vehicles. In total, 37 million vehicles have been recalled in the U.S. Takata filed for bankruptcy in 2018 as a result of the recalls.
Companies have a duty to make products which are safe for the public. When a company fails to do so, it can be held legally responsible for any damages that consumers face as a result. If you have been injured by a defective automobile, you should speak with an attorney. If you’re in Houston, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also learn more about the firm on our Twitter page.