Pictured above: Workers at a Toyota factory in Japan.
Today, Toyota and Nissan recalled an additional 6.5 million vehicles to the 25 million that have been deemed to have potentially faulty airbags. So far, six people have died and more than 100 have been injured due to a defective airbag. The airbags, created by Takata, have been deemed to be unsafe. Studies conducted by Toyota show that the airbags' steel inflaters, which contain the propellant and can burst apart, were not always airtight. This led to ruptures of the bags, making them unstable. The airbags contain ammonium nitrate, which while a power propellant, can become unstable after its contaminated with moisture.
According to former engineers with the company, this was used to cut costs. A former defense contractor had warned Toyota years ago that their methods of testing the airbags was inadequate and that problems had already begun to arise when he originally inspected their testing methods. Toyota has claimed their recall is investigative and preventive and has not admitted fault to any deaths or injuries linked to the airbags. Currently, Takata is providing fixes for the recalled vehicles but the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is fining the company $14,000 a day. It is likely that many more vehicles will be recalled.
If you or someone you know has been injured by a recalled product, merely sending the product back for a replacement or refund is unlikely to be an adequate response. Rather, an individual injured by a recalled product is likely entitled to greater compensation under the law. This likelihood is particularly true because large corporations that produce defective products normally carry large insurance policies for the benefit of the consumers that their products might injure.
If you or someone you know has been injured by a recalled or defective product, you deserve to understand the full extent of your legal rights and the compensation you may be entitled to receive. In such cases, you may be subject to a pressing statute of limitations (the deadline to make a claim), or you may be at risk of losing evidence critical to your case; therefore, it is essential that you act quickly to preserve your rights. The attorneys at Fears | Nachawati are national leaders in product recall cases and will be happy to assist you. For a free attorney consultation, please call 1.866.705.7584 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.