Takata, the auto parts manufacturing giant, has recalled 42 million vehicles with defective air bags over the last couple of years. The defective air bags had problems with the inflators, which could cause the air bag to explode, sending metal fragments flying through the vehicle at high rates of speed. As of June, about 26 million vehicles remained unrepaired.
Takata filed for bankruptcy in June as a result of the massive recalls. Shortly after filing, the company added another type of air bag inflator to the huge product recall list. Another 2.7 million vehicles were added to the list of vehicles that need air bag inflator replacements.
The most recent recall applies to Ford, Mazda, and Nissan vehicles. Those air bags used a chemical drying agent to keep the inflator fuel stable. However, tests showed that the chemical drying agent actually increased the risk that a driver side air bag would rupture.
It is possible that one vehicle’s air bag has ruptured because of the chemical drying agent. The driver was not in the car at the time. A man was working on the vehicle with a hammer, which triggered the air bag. The air bag ruptured when it deployed, killing the worker. No other known deaths have been associated with the most recent recall. Takata air bags have already been linked to 17 deaths and over 180 injuries. Unfortunately, more deaths are possible because the repairs are being done so slowly.If you have been injured in an accident involving a vehicle that you believe was defective, you should speak with a personal injury attorney. Call the attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation. You can also learn more about the firm on Facebook.