Automakers have recently instituted recalls for 2015 and 2016 model vehicles due to faulty airbags manufactured by Takata. Since 2008, more than 19 million cars made by twelve automakers have been recalled in the United Sates alone, beginning with Honda. More recently, Honda also recalled 515 model year 2016 CR-Vs when the Takata front driver-side airbags failed in tests and General Motors recalled 400 cars from the 2015 model year after side airbags failed.
Regulators and lawmakers have opened investigations into Takata's manufacturing due to its consistent problems, even with newer models. The defects in Takata's airbags are so prevalent that Florida Senator, Bill Nelson, asked "[A]re any of the Takata airbag inflaters safe?" Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminsitration is also looking into vehicles from all model years that contain Takata-made airbag inflaters that use a certain chemical compound as the airbags' propellant, known as ammonium nitrate.
If you or someone you know has been injured by a faulty airbag or other motor vehicle device that has been recalled, contact Louis Grandelli, P.C. for a free consultation.