A recent class action lawsuit filed in Florida alleges that Takata, a large airbag manufacturer, failed to fix defects in its airbags. The suit alleges that the airbags can explode and cause serious injuries or death. The lawsuit also named Honda as a defendant, alleging that it knew about defects in the Takata airbags.
The lawsuit said that more than 14 million cars with defective airbags have been recalled due to the defects. The airbags have been blamed for several deaths when they exploded after traffic accidents. The explosions sent metal shrapnel flying inside the vehicle.
According to the lawsuit, Takata knew about the defects as early as 2001 but did not issue a recall. U.S. safety regulators did not become aware of the danger of the airbags until 2008. In addition, Honda knew about three airbag ruptures in 2007 but did not issue a recall. In 2008, Honda recalled only 4,000 Honda Accords and Civics. Finally, in 2009, Honda expanded the recall to 400,000 vehicles.
This year has been a record-breaking year for automobile recalls. In many of the recalls that have occurred this year, the car manufacturer knew about the problems with the vehicles for years, but chose to ignore the issues in order to save money and protect their reputations. If you have been injured by a defect with an automobile, you have the right to compensation for your damages, including personal injuries and damage to your vehicle.
Call the Houston defective automobile attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 888-894-0119. We will be happy to provide you with a free consultation on your case. Call to learn more about how we can help. You can also visit us on LinkedIn to learn more about our firm.