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The Takata airbag recall remains one of the most expensive and expansive automotive recalls in history. Approximately 70 million defective airbags and airbag inflators have been subjected to recall in a variety of makes and models. Unfortunately, there have been 15 confirmed deaths in the United States due to defective Takata airbags.

While airbags are designed with good intent and to protect the driver and passenger in the event of a car accident or collision, airbags that have been manufactured with a defect can cause catastrophic damage and even death.

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Who makes the Takata airbag?

The Takata Corporation was a Japanese automotive parts company that specialized in manufacturing various automotive components, including airbag systems, seat belts, steering wheels, and other safety-related products. Founded in 1933 in Japan, Takata grew to become one of the world’s largest suppliers of automotive safety systems.

The company gained significant attention and unfortunately notoriety due to a widespread issue with their airbag inflators. Defects in Takata’s airbag inflators led to a massive recall of millions of vehicles globally. The flaw in the inflators caused them to potentially rupture upon deployment, resulting in the release of metal fragments or shrapnel into the vehicle’s cabin, leading to injuries and fatalities.

Due to the scale of the recall and the severity of the issue, Takata faced extensive legal actions, financial penalties, and eventually filed for bankruptcy in June 2017. Key assets of the company were then acquired by Key Safety Systems, a Chinese-owned automotive safety components supplier. The remnants of Takata were rebranded as Joyson Safety Systems, operating under a different name and ownership after the acquisition.

Why were Takata airbags recalled?

Takata airbags were subject to a widespread recall because of a fundamental flaw in their inflators.

The problem lay in the design of the inflators, which relied on an ammonium nitrate-based propellant to activate the airbag during a collision. However, exposure to heat and moisture could cause this propellant to deteriorate and become unstable.

As this degradation occurred, there was a risk that the metal casing containing the inflator could rupture upon airbag deployment, leading to an explosion. This rupture would release sharp metal pieces or shrapnel into the vehicle, posing a significant danger to passengers. Due to the potential for injuries or even fatalities from this defect, numerous vehicles equipped with Takata airbags were recalled globally by various car manufacturers. The recall aimed to replace these faulty airbags to ensure the safety of vehicle occupants.

What kind of injuries can a defective Takata airbag cause?

Takata airbags, when affected by the defect in their inflators, can cause a range of injuries to vehicle occupants during deployment. These injuries vary in severity and can include:

Cuts and Bruises

Upon airbag deployment, fragments from the ruptured inflator can create sharp edges or shrapnel that may cause cuts, bruises, and abrasions to the face, neck, chest, and other body parts of the occupants causing a variety of personal injuries.

Eye Injuries

Shrapnel and debris released during the airbag deployment can lead to eye injuries, including lacerations, abrasions, or more severe damage to the eyes, potentially causing vision impairment or blindness.

Facial Injuries

The forceful deployment of the airbag and the release of fragments can cause significant facial injuries, such as fractures, lacerations, and trauma to the facial bones and soft tissues.

Head and Neck Injuries, Including Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries

The impact of the airbag deployment, coupled with the presence of sharp fragments, can cause head and neck injuries, ranging from concussions to more severe trauma, including neck sprains, fractures, and in extreme cases, traumatic brain injuries.

Internal Injuries

In rare cases, the force of the airbag deployment and the release of debris might lead to internal injuries, such as internal bleeding, organ damage, or chest injuries due to the impact.

Fatalities

In the most severe cases, the injuries sustained from a defective Takata airbag deployment have resulted in fatalities due to the impact of shrapnel or severe trauma.

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Which vehicles are affected by the Takata airbag recall?

Acura / Honda

  • 2003 Acura 3.2CL
  • 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
  • 2013-2016 Acura ILX
  • 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid
  • 2003-2006 Acura MDX
  • 2007-2016 Acura RDX
  • 2005-2012 Acura RL
  • 2009-2014 Acura TL
  • 2009-2014 Acura TSX
  • 2010-2013 Acura ZDX

Audi / Volkswagen (VW)

  • 2006-2013 Audi A3
  • 2005-2008 Audi A4 Avant
  • 2007-2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet
  • 2005-2008 Audi A4 Sedan
  • 2010-2012 Audi A5 Cabriolet
  • 2006-2011 Audi A6 Avant
  • 2005-2011 Audi A6 Sedan
  • 2009-2012 Audi Q5
  • 2017 Audi R8
  • 2008 Audi RS 4 Cabriolet
  • 2007-2008 Audi RS 4 Sedan
  • 2005-2008 Audi S4 Avant
  • 2007-2009 Audi S4 Cabriolet
  • 2005-2008 Audi S4 Sedan
  • 2010-2012 Audi S5 Cabriolet
  • 2007-2011 Audi S6 Sedan
  • 2016-2017 Audi TT

Additional information from Audi.

BMW

  • 2008-2013 BMW 1 Series
  • 2000-2013 BMW 3 Series
  • 2001-2003 BMW 5 Series
  • 2013-2015 BMW X1
  • 2007-2010 BMW X3
  • 2001-2003 BMW X5
  • 2007-2013 BMW X5
  • 2008-2014 BMW X6
  • 2010-2011 BMW X6 Hybrid

Cadillac (GM)

  • 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 2007-2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT

Chevrolet (GM)

  • 2007-2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
  • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD
  • 2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado LD
  • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Tahoe

Chrysler

  • 2005-2015 Chrysler 300
  • 2007-2009 Chrysler Aspen
  • 2007-2008 Chrysler Crossfire

Daimler Trucks North America (Sterling Bullet)

  • 2008-2009 Sterling Bullet

Daimler Vans USA LLC (Sprinter)

  • 2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter
  • 2007-2017 Freightliner Sprinter
  • 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Dodge / Ram (Chrysler)

  • 2008-2014 Dodge Challenger
  • 2006-2015 Dodge Charger
  • 2005-2011 Dodge Dakota
  • 2004-2009 Dodge Durango
  • 2005-2008 Dodge Magnum
  • 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 1500/2500/3500 Pickup
  • 2005-2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup
  • 2007-2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Cab Chassis
  • 2006-2009 Dodge Ram 3500 Pickup
  • 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 4500/5500 Cab Chassis

Ferrari

  • 2010-2015 Ferrari 458 Italia
  • 2014-2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale
  • 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A
  • 2012-2015 Ferrari 458 Spider
  • 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 GTB
  • 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 Spider
  • 2009-2014 Ferrari California
  • 2015-2017 Ferrari California T
  • 2013-2017 Ferrari F12
  • 2016-2017 Ferrari F12 tdf
  • 2016 Ferrari F60
  • 2012-2016 Ferrari FF
  • 2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso

Fisker (Karma)

  • 2012 Fisker Karma

Ford

  • 2007-2010 Ford Edge
  • 2006-2012 Ford Fusion
  • 2005-2006 Ford GT
  • 2005-2014 Ford Mustang
  • 2004-2011 Ford Ranger

GMC (GM)

  • 2007-2014 GMC Sierra HD
  • 2007-2013 GMC Sierra LD
  • 2007-2014 GMC Yukon
  • 2007-2014 GMC Yukon XL

Honda

  • 2001-2012 Honda Accord
  • 2001-2011 Honda Civic
  • 2003-2011 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2001-2011 Honda Civic NGV
  • 2010-2015 Honda Crosstour
  • 2002-2011 Honda CR-V
  • 2011-2015 Honda CR-Z
  • 2003-2011 Honda Element
  • 2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity
  • 2007-2013 Honda Fit
  • 2013-2014 Honda Fit EV
  • 2010-2014 Honda Insight
  • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003-2015 Honda Pilot
  • 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline

Infiniti (Nissan)

  • 2003-2008 Infiniti FX
  • 2001 Infiniti I30
  • 2002-2004 Infiniti I35
  • 2006-2010 Infiniti M
  • 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4

Jaguar

  • 2009-2015 Jaguar XF

Jeep (Chrysler)

  • 2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler

Land Rover (Jaguar Land Rover)

  • 2007-2012 Land Rover Range Rover

Lexus (Toyota)

  • 2007-2012 Lexus ES350
  • 2010-2017 Lexus GX460
  • 2006-2013 Lexus IS250/350
  • 2010-2015 Lexus IS250C/350C
  • 2008-2014 Lexus IS F
  • 2012 Lexus LFA
  • 2002-2010 Lexus SC430

Lincoln (Ford)

  • 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX
  • 2006-2012 Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ

Mazda

  • 2004-2009 Mazda B-Series
  • 2007-2012 Mazda CX-7
  • 2007-2015 Mazda CX-9
  • 2003-2013 Mazda6
  • 2006-2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed6
  • 2004-2006 Mazda MPV
  • 2004-2011 Mazda RX-8

McLaren

  • 2016-2017 McLaren 570
  • 2015-2016 McLaren 650S
  • 2016 McLaren 675LT
  • 2012-2014 McLaren MP4-12C
  • 2011 McLaren P1TM
  • 2013-2015 McLaren P1TM

Mercedes-Benz

  • 2005-2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • 2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • 2011-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabrio
  • 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
  • 2009-2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
  • 2010-2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
  • 2009-2011 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class
  • 2009-2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
  • 2007-2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
  • 2011-2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class

Mercury (Ford)

  • 2006-2011 Mercury Milan

Mitsubishi

  • 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  • 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  • 2016-2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  • 2004-2007 Mitsubishi Lancer
  • 2004-2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
  • 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
  • 2006-2009 Mitsubishi Raider

Nissan

  • 2001-2003 Nissan Maxima
  • 2002-2004 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra
  • 2007-2012 Nissan Versa

Pontiac (GM)

  • 2003-2010 Pontiac Vibe

Saab (GM)

  • 2005-2006 Saab 9-2x
  • 2006-2011 Saab 9-3
  • 2006-2009 Saab 9-5

Saturn (GM)

  • 2008-2009 Saturn Astra

Scion (Toyota)

  • 2008-2015 Scion XB

Subaru

  • 2003-2006 Subaru Baja
  • 2009-2013 Subaru Forester
  • 2004-2011 Subaru Impreza (Including WRX/STI)
  • 2003-2014 Subaru Legacy
  • 2003-2014 Subaru Outback
  • 2006-2014 Subaru Tribeca
  • 2012-2014 Subaru WRX/STI

Tesla

  • 2012-2016 Tesla Model S

Toyota

  • 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner
  • 2003-2013 Toyota Corolla
  • 2003-2013 Toyota Corolla Matrix
  • 2004-2005 Toyota Rav4
  • 2002-2007 Toyota Sequoia
  • 2011-2014 Toyota Sienna
  • 2003-2006 Toyota Tundra
  • 2006-2011 Toyota Yaris (Hatch Back)
  • 2007-2012 Toyota Yaris (Sedan)

Volkswagen

  • 2009-2017 Volkswagen CC
  • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Eos
  • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Golf
  • 2013 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2009-2013 Volkswagen GTI
  • 2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat
  • 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
  • 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Wagon
  • 2017-2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Please note that this list is subject to change and does not guarantee that a listed or unlisted vehicle is affected by the Takata airbag recall. Vehicle owners should use the NHTSA’s Recalls Lookup Tool to check their VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) to see if their vehicle is affected by any open recalls, including the Takata airbag recall.

How can I check if my vehicle is affected by the Takata airbag recall?

The NHTSA features a “Takata Recall Spotlight” portal to help vehicle owners learn more about this massive recall, including a link to check if their vehicle is affected.

The NHTSA highly suggests that all vehicle owners use their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) lookup tool to check for open recalls, including the Takata airbag recall.

What should I do if my vehicle has a recalled Takata airbag?

You should immediately contact the vehicle manufacture for the next steps which may include repair or replacement.

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What should I do if I was injured by a Takata airbag?

If you believe you have been injured by a defective Takata airbag you should immediately contact a personal injury law firm for a consultation of your case.

While many attorneys handle personal injury cases, you should seek a law firm with a focus on product liability lawsuits. The team at Schiffman Firm has a proven track record in delivering results for clients injured by dangerous and defective products.

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