Takata is one of the most widely known brands in automotive and aviation industries. Now, they are facing legal problems as their airbags have been linked to injury and death due to the rupture of airbag inflators. In 2016 alone, there were more than 10 million Takata recalls across all three categories: vehicle seats; automobile parts; motorcycles
The “takata airbag settlement checks 2020” is a lawsuit filed by the victims of the Takata Airbags. The lawsuit was filed in 2016, and it has been ongoing for 2 years now. There have been no major updates on the case since then.
(As of June 20, 2018)
Takata airbags contain ammonium nitrate, a volatile chemical that may cause the airbag to deploy violently, causing injuries to occupants. The airbags may even detonate, splattering metal fragments across the vehicle’s interior. Takata and manufacturers like Honda have been sued by drivers and passengers who have been injured by faulty Takata airbags.
Takata airbags have the potential to detonate, blasting metal shards into the vehicle’s interior.
Takata, a Japanese vehicle safety components company, is one of the world’s leading producers of airbags. While airbags are supposed to keep people safe, Takata’s have been blamed for at least 23 deaths (15 in the United States) and more than 290 injuries all around the globe.
Takata airbags, which are ticking time bombs capable of blasting metal shrapnel into the cabin when deployed, are found in tens of millions of automobiles sold in the United States. Use the NHTSA’s VIN look-up tool to see whether your car has these potentially harmful airbags.
Takata has known for a long time that its airbags are defective.
Takata has been aware that its airbag inflators might burst and spew metal debris since at least 2004. Regrettably, the corporation did not publicly admit the safety danger and issue a national recall until 2015. Takata was fined $200 million by the US Department of Transportation in 2015 for delaying and rejecting the provision of information that may have avoided driver injury.
Takata pleaded guilty to criminal misbehavior in January 2017 and agreed to a $1 billion settlement with the US Department of Justice. While $850 million will be used to compensate manufacturers affected by faulty Takata airbags, and $25 million will be used as a fine, $125 million will be used to compensate victims.
Takata declared bankruptcy in June 2017. The firm was eventually sold to Chinese-owned Key Safety Systems for $1.6 billion.
Personal injury lawsuits against Takata continue to be filed by victims of blowing Takata airbags. Contact us immediately for a free legal consultation if you or a loved one has been injured by a malfunctioning airbag. It’s possible that you’re due money.
What Causes Takata Airbags to Defect and Explode?
Injuries and even fatalities from airbags do occur. The safety mechanisms are activated by an explosive blast that may shatter noses, break bones, and cause spinal damage in rare cases. Short-statured adults, youngsters, and the elderly, on the other hand, are at a higher risk of damage. In most cases, the number of lives saved and injuries avoided by using an airbag substantially surpasses the danger.
Takata is the sole manufacturer of airbags that employs the highly flammable chemical ammonium nitrate.
Takata airbags, on the other hand, are a different matter. A design flaw in the airbag inflator, which is a metal cartridge carrying chemical propellant, might cause the inflator to deploy the airbag violently or even explode and spray metal shards. Takata airbags have killed 23 people and wounded at least 290 others throughout the globe thus far.
The lethal Takata airbag fault was characterized by a Democratic Senator as “in effect a live hand grenade in front of a driver and a passenger.”
Takata’s inflator propellant is the flammable chemical ammonium nitrate. It is the only airbag manufacturer that has done so. According to an independent testing facility, ammonium nitrate may deteriorate over time when exposed to heat and humidity, and that faults with the inflator assembly might enable moisture to sneak in.
The link between heat and humidity has long been hypothesized, based on the location of incidents involving exploding Takata airbags (primarily warm weather areas like Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama).
Takata workers expressed worries about high temperatures in 2006, nine years before a national recall was ordered, according to internal corporate emails. In an email discussion from the same year, one employee said to another, “Happy manipulating,” in reference to falsifying data to disguise any safety issues.
Takata recognized problems with airbag test results as early as 2000, and when a 2004 airbag rupture raised warning flags, the corporation conducted covert testing. The test findings were pushed under the rug and not revealed to federal authorities, despite the fact that they validated the company’s suspicions about defective inflators.
Takata agreed negotiated covert cash agreements with many persons harmed by burst airbags between 2004 and 2007 to further hide the flaw.
What Kinds of Injuries Can Takata Airbags Cause?
The injuries caused by blowing Takata airbags may be severe.
The motorist had been shot in the face, according to police reacting to a minor vehicle accident in California. Because of the cuts on her neck, authorities at another Georgia collision scene suspected the female motorist was a murder victim. The drivers in both situations perished. Their injuries were caused by a Takata airbag.
A woman’s carotid artery was ripped open by shrapnel from a Takata airbag in another occurrence. She survived a near-fatal bleed and now alleges that the blood loss caused strokes, a seizure, and a speech problem. A piece of shrapnel fractured her nasal bone and embedded in her eye, blinding her during a small Florida vehicle accident. A fender-bender in Puerto Rico left a lady with a cut open jaw.
Airbag deployment is essentially a controlled explosion that employs technology similar to that used in military explosives. Takata airbag defects may cause excessive pressure, causing the airbag to deploy too quickly or possibly fragmenting the metal canister, resulting in injuries like these:
- Face, neck, throat, chest, or arm cuts/lacerations
- Bones that have been broken or shattered
- Teeth that have been broken
- Blindness in one or both eyes
- Injury to the larynx or voice cords
- Experiencing complications as a result of blood loss
- Disfigurement for life
- Hearing loss or disability that is permanent
- Brain damage may range from mild to severe.
- Pregnancy-related harm
- Damage to the nerves
- Paralysis of the face, neck, and limbs
What Cars Are Getting Airbag Recalls?
As part of the greatest car safety recall in American history, about 65-70 million vehicles with Takata airbags need to be repaired.
Takata reported on January 6, 2018, that an extra 3.3 million cars would need to be repaired due to recalled airbags. The current recall affects airbags in select 2009, 2010, and 2013 cars manufactured by Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Subaru, and others.
The following automobiles are now affected:
Pilot Project 2003–2015
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Models and Makes Affected
|2009–2014 TL||A3 (2006–2013)||3-series sedan, 2000–2011|
|3.2CL 2003||A4 cabriolet, 2006–2009||3-series wagon, 2000–2012|
|MDX from 2003 to 2006||Q5 (2009–2012)||3-series coupes and convertibles from 2002 to 2013.|
|RL 2005–2012||A5 cabriolet 2010–2011||M3 coupes and convertibles from 2001 to 2013|
|RDX from 2007 to 2016||2015 Q5||5-series (2002–2003)|
|3.2TL in 2002–2003||A4 Avant (2005–2008)||M5 (2002–2003)|
|ILX 2013–2016; ILX Hybrid 2013–2014||A4 Sedan (2005–2008)||2003–2013 X5|
|TSX from 2009 to 2014||A6 Avant (2003–2011)||X3 (2007–2010)|
|ZDX 2010–2013||A6 Sedan (2005–2011)||Coupe and convertible versions of the BMW 1-series from 2008 to 2013.|
|2017 R8||M3 sedan, 2008–2011|
|LaCrosse 2015||Cabriolet RS 4 2008||X6 (2008–2014); X6 Hybrid (2010–2011)|
|RS 4 Sedan (2007–2008)||X1 (2011–2015)|
|2015 XTS||S4 Avant (2005–2008)||
S4 Cabriolet (2007–2009)
Silverado HD (2007–2014)
Escalade ESV 2007–2014
S4 Sedan (2005–2008)
|Escalade EXT 2007–2013||
S5 Cabriolet (2010–2012)
|S6 Sedan (2007–2011)||Malibu 2015|
|Chrysler 300 (2005–2015)||TT 2016–2017||Avalanche (2007–2013)|
|Silverado LD (2007–2013)|
|Aspen, Colorado, 2007–2009||Dodge Sprinter (2007–2009)||Suburban 2007–2014|
|Sprinter Freightliner 2007–2017||Tahoe (2007–2014)|
|Challenger (2008–2014)||Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (2010–2017)||
|Charger (2006–2015)||Sterling Bullet (2008–2009)||458 Italia 2010–2015|
|458 Speciale (2014–2015); 2015 Speciale A|
|Durango (2004–2009)||Fisker Karma 2012||458 Spider (2012–2015)|
|488 GTB in 2016–2017|
|Ram 1500/2500/3500 Pickup (2003–2008)||Ranger (2004–2011)||488 Spider (2016–2017)|
|Ram 2500 Pickup (2005–2009)||GT 2005–2006||California (2009–2014); California (2015–2017) T|
|Ram 3500 Cab Chassis (2007–2010)||Mustang (2005–2014)||tdf: 2013–2017 F12; 2016–2017 F12|
|Ram 3500 Pickup (2006–2009)||Edge (2007–2010)||2016 F60|
|Ram 4500/5500 Cab Chassis (2008–2010)||Fusion (2006–2012)||Ferrari FF 2012–2016|
|Ferrari GTC4Lusso 2017|
|Accord from 2001 to 2012||Sierra HD (2007–2014)||
|Civic (2001–2011), Civic (2001–2011), Civic (2001–2011), Civic (2001–2011), Civic (2001–2011||GMC Sierra LD 2007–2013||Infiniti I30/I35, 2001–2004|
|CR-V 2002–2011, 2016||Terrain in 2015||Infiniti QX4 2002–2003|
|Odyssey (2002–2004)||GMC Yukon 2007–2014||Infiniti FX35/FX45, 2003–2008|
|Civic Hybrid (2003–2011)||GMC Yukon XL 2007–2014||Infiniti M35/M45, 2006–2010|
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|GL1800 Gold Wing Motorcycle (2006–2010)||XF (2009–2015)||2007–2016 Wrangler|
|Ridgeline (2006–2014)||Range Rover (2007–2012)||SC430 (2002–2010)|
|Fit 2007–2013; Fit EV 2013–2014||
Lincoln was a president of the United States (Ford)
|FCX Clarity (2010–2014)||MKX (2007–2010)||GX460 (2010–2017)|
|Insights from 2010 to 2014||Zephyr/MKZ, 2006–2012||IS250/350 (2006–2013)|
|Crosstour 2010–2015||Mazda 6 (2003–2011)||IS F 2008–2014|
|Mazdaspeed 6 (2006–2007)||2012 LFA|
|570 in 2016–2017||RX-8 (2004–2011)||
|650S (2015–2016)||MPV 2004–2006||C-class (2005–2014) (excl. C55 AMG)|
|675LT 2016||B-series (2004–2009)||SLK-class of 2007–2008|
|MP4-12C MP4-12C MP4-12C MP4-12C MP4-12C MP||CX-7 (2007–2012)||Sprinter (2007–2014)|
|P1 (2011–2015)||CX-9 (2007–2015)||GL-class (2009–2012); R-class (2009–2012)|
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|Milan, 2006–2011||Lancer (2004–2007); Lancer Evolution (2004–2006)||E-class (2010–2011)|
|Lancer Sportback 2004||GLK-class (2010–2015)|
|Maxima (2001–2003)||Raider (2006–2009)||SLS AMG 2011–2015|
|Pathfinder (2002–2004)||i-MiEV 2012–2017||E-Class Cabrio (2011–2017)|
|E-Class Coupe (2010–2017)|
|Versa (2007–2012)||Vibe (2003–2010)||
Scion is a brand of car manufactured by Sci (Toyota)
|9-3 from 2003 to 2011.||XB (2008–2015)||
|From 2003 until 2006, Baja|
|9–5 from 2006 to 2009||Model S (2012–2016)||Legacy (2003–2014)|
|Sequoia (2002–2007)||Passat 2006–2010, 2012–2014||Impreza (including WRX/STI): 2004–2011|
|Corolla (2003–2013); Corolla Matrix (2003–2008).||CC 2009–2017||Forester (2009–2013)|
|Tundra (2003–2006)||Jetta SportWagen (2010–2014)||Tribeca Film Festival (2006–2014)|
|RAV4 (2004–2005)||Golf from 2010 to 2014||WRX/STI 2012–2014|
|4 Runner from 2010 to 2016||Golf R 2013|
|Matrix from 2009 to 2013||Eos, 2010–2014|
|Siena, 2011–2014||Tiguan 2015|
|Yaris (2006–2011) (Hatch Back)||GTI 2009–2013|
|Yaris (2007–2012) (Sedan)|
If you drive one of the vehicles listed above, make an appointment to have your airbags replaced. You may be entitled to compensation as well (see below: “Lawsuit Eligibility”).
Which Honda models are being recalled due to airbag issues?
On June 30, 2016, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx issued an advisory warning that “as high as a 50% possibility of a deadly airbag inflater rupture in an accident” for a handful of particularly at-risk vehicles. The following are the models:
- Honda Civic (2001-2001)
- Honda Accord (2001-2002)
- Acura TL 2002-2003
- Honda CR-V 2002
- Honda Odyssey (2002 model)
- Acura CL 2003
- Honda Pilot (2003 model)
Did Takata Use Confidential Settlements to Hide Facts?
Companies that have anything to hide typically reach secret settlements with accident victims in order to keep negative information from coming to light.
“They wanted to get to the bottom of it right away. It nearly seemed as though they were intending to bribe us to stop talking.”
This might be the situation with Takata, since some of the first claims were settled before the plaintiffs’ attorneys could get proof. According to a Bloomberg analysis of a dozen Takata claims, five of them were resolved before any material could be released in court.
“They wanted to settle this soon,” one plaintiff’s counsel said of Takata. It nearly seemed as though they were intending to bribe us to stop talking.”
Such private agreements, according to lawyers and other experts, keep facts out of the public realm and help to explain why there was so much disagreement about the specific nature of Takata airbag issues for so long.
What are the allegations in the Takata lawsuits?
Now that the origin of the faults has been identified, the evidence against Takata has reached a critical stage.
As more people see a link between their injuries and the airbags in their automobiles, they’re filing lawsuits accusing Takata of the following:
- Keeping the inflator fault in its airbags a secret.
- Failure to inform the public about the full extent of the fault
- Not adequately examining and revealing the issue, and even downplaying its prevalence
- Producing airbag systems with a flaw that is unavoidable, irrational, and harmful
- By irresponsibly developing, making, testing, and distributing excessively risky airbag systems, it has breached its obligation to customers.
- Hide the fact that its airbags are faulty and harmful from car owners, safety regulators, and the general public.
Plaintiffs argue that they incurred injuries that may have been avoided as a consequence of Takata’s carelessness. Plaintiffs claim that if they had known about the airbag malfunction, they would not have driven their car without having it repaired.
The state of Hawaii and the Virgin Islands (a US territory) have sued Takata and Honda for failing to notify citizens about catastrophically faulty Takata airbags, lending even more credence to these claims.
What Types of Damages Can a Plaintiff Recover?
Compensation for the following may be obtained via a Takata lawsuit:
- Injury to the body and the ensuing pain and suffering
- Physical impairment/disability
- Anguish in the mind
- Loss of pleasure in life
- Medical expenses
- Wages lost/earning capacity harmed
- Damage to vehicles and other things
Who Is Eligible to File a Lawsuit Against Takata?
If you have been injured by a Takata airbag, you may be qualified to file a Takata airbag lawsuit.
- A Takata airbag is installed in your car.
- The inflator canister fractured or the airbag deployed violently.
- You got bruises, burns, cuts, or any of the other injuries described on this page’s “What Kinds of Injuries Can Happen?” section.
It’s important to note that the manner in which the event happened is irrelevant. You may be eligible to compensation if your airbag malfunctioned and you were critically injured as a consequence.
If you or a loved one died as a result of a Takata airbag issue, you may be able to bring a wrongful death claim.
Obtain more information at a no-cost consultation.
Only a lawyer can tell you whether you have a case against Takata. Our business has a long history of taking on the automobile sector and obtaining favorable results for our clients. We have the skills and resources to take on Takata and the automakers to whom it provides parts. If it means receiving the greatest outcomes, we will not hesitate to take your matter to trial.
Please contact us to learn more about your rights and alternatives. Don’t put it off; you might be due money.
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The “how much will i get from the takata airbag settlement” is a question that many people are asking. The answer to this question depends on how many injuries you have and how old you are. If you’re under 18, then you’ll receive $300, if you’re between 18-40, then it’s $500 and if you’re over 40, then it’s $1,000.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I sue Takata airbag?
A: Yes, you can. However, it is a long and arduous process that could take years to see any compensation for the damages caused by Takata airbag defects.
Is the Takata airbag settlement real?
How many people have died due to faulty airbags?
A: There have been about 400 fatalities due to faulty airbags.
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