The danger isn’t for other motorists, it’s for the driver and others inside the vehicle who may be at risk of being injured or killed by the explosive airbags in a collision.
At least 11 people in the United States have died and hundreds have been injured in crashes involving faulty Takata airbags. Despite recalls by the Japanese supplier and auto manufacturers, there continues to be incidents. Two of the fatal crashes were here in California including the 11th victim Delia Robles, 50, of Corona who died on Sept. 30.
Also, federal officials expect the number of injuries and deaths will continue to rise as aging vehicles go un-repaired. Roughly 300,000 older Honda and Acura vehicles, which have roughly a 50 percent chance of exploding, remain on roads as they have not been fixed. These are vehicles that were made back to 2001 and are equipped with the airbags most likely to explode.
The top 10 List of Most Dangerous Vehicles are:
- 2001 Honda Civics
- 2001 Honda Accords
- 2002 Honda Civics
- 2002 Honda Accords
- 2002 Acura TL
- 2003 Acura TL
- 2002 Honda Odyssey
- 2002 CR-V
- 2003 Acura CL
- 2003 Honda Pilot
Although Takata and auto manufacturers have sent out recalls to car owners urging them to replace the faulty airbags, the message doesn’t always reach owners who bought the car used. At least one of the airbag fatalities involved a woman who was driving a rental car equipped with the faulty airbags that had not been fixed.
Cause of Dangerous Airbags
Takata Corp. of Japan manufactured the airbags using an explosive chemical called ammonium nitrate because it helped quickly inflate them when a car was involved in a collision, but prolonged heat exposure led to deterioration and unexpected violent explosions that tear apart the cushioning airbags even at low speeds. The metal casing around the airbags falls apart and shards explode into victim’s faces causing horrible facial injuries and lacerations that are often fatal.
Attorney Represents Victims
If you were injured or have lost a loved one due to defective airbags, it’s possible you have a valid legal claim against the auto manufacturer and airbag companies who designed these devices.
Johnson Attorneys Group is an experienced personal injury and wrongful death law firm that has handled a successful claim against these two companies. Our client obtained an undisclosed settlement this year after our successful representation. Call us for a free consultation at 800-235-6801.
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