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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Defective Airbag Class Action Lawsuit

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, an estimated 28 million vehicles in this country may have defective airbags that can explode when they deploy and spray passenger with metal shrapnel, causing severe injury and even death.

A massive nationwide recall is now in effect for Takata airbags after years of partial and regional recalls. This page provides crucial information about the problem with Takata airbags, vehicles affected, and possible remedies for vehicle owners and injury victims.

Airbag Lawsuits: Quick Answers to Important Questions

I need to find out if my car is part of the recall. What should I do? You can enter your vehicle’s VIN number and find out here.

I think my car is covered under the recall. What do I do? Your manufacturer should, if it hasn’t already, contacted you. Please call your local dealership immediately for clarification if your vehicle is affected and you haven’t received notification. Vehicles with bad Takata airbags will need to be fixed, and loaner cars may be available in the interim so you don’t have to drive a vehicle with a ticking time bomb in it.

I was in an accident and the airbag ruptured. What should I do? Drivers and passengers who have cuts from exploding Takata airbags are eligible to file lawsuits. Complete the form on this page for more information.

The Airbag Defect as It’s Now Understood

Takata for years changed its story about the cause of airbag defects as it held back key information from federal regulators and the public. Recently, the causes of the defect have come to light, at last providing clarity for a problem that has killed at least 10 people and injured over 100.

First, it’s important to understand how airbags work. Airbags are, in effect, controlled explosive devices that use chemical propellants to inflate the airbag. During an accident that triggers the airbag, the propellant turns from a solid to a gas in milliseconds. In a normally functioning airbag the explosion is contained within a metal canister known as the “inflator.” All that the occupant ever sees after an accident is the deployed airbag.

This is not the case with defective Takata airbags, which use a chemical propellant called ammonium nitrate that can destabilize when exposed to heat and moisture. Takata is the only airbag manufacture to use ammonium nitrate. Takata inflators also appear to have a bad design that allows moisture to penetrate the propellant wafers. Over time, these factors, working together, can cause Takata airbag explosions, say scientists, who add that their findings apply to roughly 23 million of the 28 million recalled airbags.

The unusually powerful explosion caused by the degraded ammonium nitrate can rip apart the metal inflator canister, shooting metal shards into the face, neck, and torso of occupants and causing serious injuries such as cuts, lacerations, broken bones, blindness, disfigurement, and in at least 10 instances, death.

Automobiles recalled to date

The following list of recalled vehicles is current as of March 22, 2016. Since the list is subject to change, check safercar.gov for the latest news. You can also sign up for instant e-mail updates.


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
2010-2013 Acura ZDX


2008-2013 128i
2008-2013 135i
2008-2013 1 Series M
2000 323i
2002-2006 325Ci
2002-2003 325iT
2001-2011 325i
2001-2011 325xi
2002-2003 325xiT
2006-2012 325xiT
2000 328i
2006-2013 328i
2006-2013 328xi
2006-2013 328i xDrive
2001-2011 330i
2001-2011 330xi
2002-2006 330Ci
2006-2013 335i
2006-2013 335xi
2006-2013 335i xDrive
2009-2011 335d
2007-2013 335is
2002-2003 525i
2002-2003 530i
2002-2003 540i
2001-2013 M3
2002-2003 M5
2013-2015 X1 sDrive28i
2013-2015 X1 xDrive28i
2013-2015 X1 xDrive35i
2007-2010 X3 xDrive30i
2003 X5 3.0i
2003 X5 4.4i
2007-2013 X5 xDrive30i
2007-2013 X5 xDrive35i
2007-2013 X5 xDrive48i
2007-2013 X5 xDrive50i
2007-2013 X5 M
2009-2013 X5 xDrive35d
2008-2014 X6 xDrive35i
2008-2014 X6 xDrive50i
2008-2014 X6 M


2007-2008 Chrysler Aspen
2005-2010 Chrysler 300
2005-2010 Chrysler 300C
2006-2007 Chrysler Crossfire
2005-2010 Chrysler SRT8


2008-2010 Dodge Challenger
2006-2010 Dodge Charger
2005-2011 Dodge Dakota
2004-2008 Dodge Durango
2005-2008 Dodge Magnum
2003-2009 Dodge Ram 1500
2003-2009 Dodge Ram 2500
2003-2009 Dodge Ram 3500
2008-2010 Dodge Ram 4500
2008-2010 Dodge Ram 5500


2008-2009 Sterling Bullet 4500
2008-2009 Sterling Bullet 5500
2007-2008 Dodge Sprinter 2500
2007-2008 Dodge Sprinter 3500
2007-2014 Freightliner Sprinter 2500
2007-2014 Freightliner Sprinter 3500
2010-2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500
2010-2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500


2007-2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500
2007-2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500


2004-2006 Ranger
2005-2006 GT
2005-2014 Mustang

General Motors

2007-2008 GMC Sierra 2500
2007-2008 GMC Sierra 3500


2001-2007 Accord
2001-2005 Civic
2003-2005 Civic Hybrid
2001-2004 Civic CNG
2002-2011 CR-V
2011-2015 CR-Z
2003-2011 Element
2010-2014 FCX Clarity
2009-2013 Fit
2013-2014 Fit EV
2010-2014 Insight
2002-2004 Odyssey
2003-2008 Pilot
2006-2014 Ridgeline


2001 Infiniti I30
2003-2005 Infiniti FX35
2003-2005 Infiniti FX45
2002-2004 Infiniti I35
2006 Infiniti M35
2006 Infiniti M45
2002-2003 Infiniti QX4


2004-2006 B-Series Truck
2003-2008 Mazda6
2006-2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed6
2004-2005 MPV
2004-2008 RX-8


2005 C230 Kompressor
2006-2007 C230
2008-2011 C300
2008-2011 C300 4Matic
2005 C320

2006-2011 C350
2009-2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
2010-2011 E350
2010-2011 E350 4Matic
2011 E350 Cabriolet
2010-2011 E550
2010-2011 E550 4Matic
2011 E550 Cabriolet

2010-2011 E63 AMG
2009-2010 GL320 BlueTec 4Matic
2011-2012 GL350 BlueTec 4Matic
2009-2012 GL450 4Matic
2009-2012 GL550 4Matic
2010-2012 GLK350
2010-2012 GLK350 4Matic
2009-2010 ML320 BlueTec 4Matic
2009-2011 ML350
2009-2011 ML350 4Matic
2010-2011 ML450 4Matic Hybrid
2009-2011 ML550 4Matic
2009-2011 ML63 AMG
2007-2008 SLK280
2007-2008 SLK350
2007-2008 SLK55 AMG
2011-2014 SLS AMG
2012 SLS AMG Cabriolet
2013-2014 SLS AMG GT
2009-2010 R320 CDI 4Matic
2009-2012 R350 4Matic
2011-2012 R350 BlueTec 4Matic


2004-2006 Lancer
2004-2006 Lancer Evolution
2004 Lancer Sportback
2006-2009 Mitsubishi Raider


2001-2003 Nissan Maxima
2002-2006 Nissan Sentra
2002-2004 Nissan Pathfinder


2005 Saab 9-2x
2003-2011 Saab 9-3
2010-2011 Saab 9-5


2008-2009 Saturn Astra


2003-2008 Pontiac Vibe


2003-2005 Baja
2004-2005 Impreza
2003-2008 Legacy
2003-2008 Outback


2003-2008 Corolla
2003-2008 Corolla Matrix
2004-2005 Rav4
2002-2007 Sequoia
2003-2006 Tundra
2002-2010 Lexus SC


2005-2013 Audi A3
2006-2009 Audi A4 Cabrio
2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabrio
2009-2012 Audi Q5
2009-2014 CC
2012-2014 Eos
2010-2014 Golf
2010-2014 Jetta Sportwagen
2006-2010 Passat
2012-2014 Passat

Defective Airbag Lawsuits

As federal safety regulators and Congress step up their investigations into Takata, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the manufacturer for years covered up airbag safety concerns. Takata’s failure to act promptly and provide greater transparency has likely resulted in injuries and deaths that could have been prevented.

This is what injury victims and their families are alleging in lawsuits filed against Takata. Auto parts suppliers such as Takata have a duty to provide products free of defects, to perform adequate product testing, and to fully disclose issues that pose safety threats. Failure to live up these and other duties can result in legal action against manufacturers and lawsuit compensation for victims.

If you or someone you know was the victim of an exploding Takata airbag and have questions about what to do next, please complete the form on this page and we’ll provide a free case evaluation.
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