No-Cost, No-Obligation Takata Airbag Attorney Case Review

Takata Airbag Lawyer
Takata Airbag Lawsuit News

Takata Airbag Injuries

The injuries caused to the occupants of an automobile when a Takata airbag explodes are similar to being shot in the face.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - Airbags were intended to be a breakthrough, life-saving automobile safety device, however, some of them are themselves responsible for causing serious injury and deaths. Airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation have been found to explode and are responsible for hundreds of severe injuries and, as of December 20, 2017, 20 known deaths. Major automobile manufacturers such as General Motors, Chrysler, Ford as well as others, have issued recalls of their vehicles equipped with the defective safety device. The recall is the largest in US history and includes millions of automobiles worldwide.

Why Does The Takata Air Bag Explode?

Airbags use compressed air canisters to explode upon impact and instantaneously deploy an airbag cushion to shield the driver and passengers in an automobile from being directly impacted by deadly glass and metal. Due to a change in the chemical used to ignite the controlled explosion, compressed air canisters are exploding at random times and sending grenade-like shrapnel into the face, head, neck, and torso of the passenger the airbag safety device was intended to protect. The reason for the air canister malfunction has been traced to the device's propellant, ammonium nitrate. Years ago Takata replaced the safe and effective chemical propellant Tetrazole with a cheaper ammonium nitrate propellant to reduce costs and expand the company's profit margin. The ammonium nitrate propellant has been found to suddenly and without the slightest warning ignite and explode due to environmental moisture, higher heat, and humid conditions.

Exploding Takata Airbag Can Cause Severe Injuries

As incredulous as it sounds, first responders at the scene of the accident where Takata airbags have exploded are at a loss to identify the cause of the injuries the vehicle's occupants sustain and often assume that the driver and the passengers have been shot or stabbed. Such was the case with when Takata airbag malfunction victims Hai Ming Xu and Hai Ming Xu were thought to be have been shot and stabbed in the face, neck, and shoulders, not merely victims of an auto accident as reported on CNN, The New York Times, and CBS news in 2014. In one Takata incident, the airbag propellant canister exploded and deployed the airbag when a vehicle's bumper tapped a retaining wall while still in the parking lot. Metal shards severed the carotid artery in the driver's neck. Police responding to the incident filed a "person of interest" report as they were certain the driver had been the victim of an assault and battery. Other Takata airbag victims have been blinded or had their vision permanently impaired. One such victim was blinded when she was stabbed in the eye with shrapnel from the exploded air canister which had to be surgically removed. A police officer in New York was hospitalized with injuries from the metal shards of an exploding Takata airbag that were originally thought to be caused by a shotgun blast. Due to the high volume of Takata airbag recall of 42 million vehicles, Takata attorneys handling injuries caused by Takata airbag and because industry officials actively concealed the risks posed by its products, delaying a Takata airbag recall for as long as possible.

More Recent Takata Airbag Lawsuit News:

No-Cost, No-Obligation Takata Airbag Lawsuit Case Review

Onder, Shelton, O'Leary & Peterson, LLC is a St. Louis personal injury law firm handling serious injury and death claims across the country. Its mission is the pursuit of justice, no matter how complex the case or strenuous the effort. Onder, Shelton, O'Leary & Peterson has represented clients throughout the United States in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation such as Pradaxa, Lexapro and Yasmin/Yaz, where the firm's attorneys held significant leadership roles in the litigation, as well as Actos, DePuy, Risperdal and others. The Onder Law Firm has won more than $300 million in four talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits in St. Louis. Law firms throughout the nation often seek its experience and expertise on complex litigation.