What Boston Drivers Need to Know about the Takata Airbag Recall

In May of 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a statement saying that Takata, one of the world’s largest airbag manufacturers, had acknowledged selling millions of airbags with defective inflators. This came after the New York Times published a story on November 2014 accusing Takata of a massive cover-up. As it turned out, Takata had spent the last decade fighting to keep it secret that the company was knowingly manufacturing and selling dangerous airbags.

As it stands today, Takata’s faulty airbags have been linked to eight deaths and numerous injuries, all of which have resulted from defective inflators exploding and sending shrapnel flying throughout the vehicle cabin. In total, roughly 34 million vehicles have been recalled for replacement of Takata’s potentially-fatal airbags.

For more information on the Takata airbag recall, please read the answers below. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed by a faulty airbag, we urge you to contact us right away for a free consultation.

Are All Takata Airbags Defective?

No, only certain models of Takata airbags have the defective inflators. The faulty inflators contain an ammonium nitrate-based propellant that has been found to degrade when exposed to moisture. When an airbag with degraded propellant activates, it causes an explosion that ruptures the inflator.

How do I Find Out if My Vehicle is Subject to the Takata Airbag Recall?

The Takata airbag recall currently includes 17 different makes of vehicles and covers dozens of different models. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that it is inquiring with seven additional automakers to find out if their vehicles may contain Takata’s faulty airbags.

The makes currently subject to the recall are listed below. The seven that the NHTSA is investigating are: Jaguar-Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Spartan Motors, Suzuki, Tesla, Volkswagen, and Volvo Trucks. To find out if your vehicle has been recalled, you can either enter your vehicle’s VIN number (located on a sticker in your driver’s side door jamb or on a small metal plate at the base of your windshield) into the NHTSA’s database or check your vehicle manufacturer’s website. Even if your car or truck is not currently on the list, NHTSA is urging vehicle owners to check back periodically until the list becomes final.

Which Vehicles Have Been Recalled So Far?

So far, the following makes and models are included in the Takata airbag recall. As noted above, this list is still subject to change as the NHTSA continues its investigation:

Acura

2003 CL
2003 – 2005 MDX
2005 RL
2002 – 2003 TL

BMW

2004 – 2006 325Ci
2004 – 2006 325i
2004 – 2005 325Xi
2004 – 2006 330Ci
2004 – 2006 330i
2004 – 2005 330Xi
2000 – 2006 3-Series
2001 – 2006 M3

Chevrolet

2007 – 2008 Silverado 2500/3500

Chrysler

2005 – 2008 300
2005 – 2007 300C
2007 – 2008 Aspen
2005 – 2007 SRT8

Dodge

2008 – 2010 Challenger
2005 – 2007 Charger
2005 – 2007 Dakota
2004 – 2008 Durango
2005 – 2007 Magnum
2003 – 2008 Ram 1500
2003 – 2008 Ram 2500
2003 – 2008 Ram 3500

Ford

2005 – 2006 GT
2005 – 2008 Mustang
2004 – 2005 Ranger

GMC

2007 – 2008 Sierra 2500/3500

Honda

2001 – 2007 Accord
2001 – 2005 Civic
2003 Civic Hybrid
2002 – 2006 CR-V
2003 – 2001 Element
2002 – 2004 Odyssey
2003 – 2008 Pilot
2006 Ridgeline

Infiniti

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

Lexus

2002 – 2007 SC

Mazda

2004 – 2006 B-Series Truck
2004 – 2008 Mazda6
2006 – 2007 MazdaSpeed Mazda6
2004 – 2005 MPV
2004 – 2008 RX-8

Mitsubishi

2004 – 2005 Lancer
2006 – 2007 Raider

Nissan

2001 – 2003 Maxima
2001 – 2004 Pathfinder
2002 – 2006 Sentra

Pontiac

2003 – 2007 Vibe

Saab

2005 9-2X

Subaru

2003 – 2005 Baja
2004 – 2005 Impreza (including WRX/STi)
2003 – 2005 Legacy
2003 – 2005 Outback

Toyota

2003 – 2007 Corolla
2003 – 2007 Corolla Matrix
2004 – 2005 Rav4
2002 – 2007 Sequoia
2003 – 2006 Tundra

What Should I Do if My Vehicle has Been Recalled?

Airbag replacements are underway, though some reports have suggested that it may take two years or longer for Takata and other manufacturers to produce enough replacement airbags. In the meantime, if your vehicle has been recalled, you should follow your vehicle manufacturer’s specific recommendations. For example, while Toyota is recommending that owners disable their defective airbags, General Motors is not. Honda, which has the most recalled vehicles, is recommending that drivers in certain states (though not in Massachusetts) contact their dealerships immediately.

What Should I Do if I Have Been Injured in an Accident?

If you are involved in an accident while driving one of the vehicles listed above and suffer the following injuries, you may be a victim of Takata’s defective airbag inflator:

  • Eye injuries or loss of eyesight from flying projectiles
  • Nose fractures
  • Severe lacerations and abrasions
  • Wounds consistent with stabs and gunshots
  • Other head and chest injuries

To find out more, you should speak with an experienced auto accident attorney as soon as possible.

Law Office of John J. Sheehan | Experienced Boston Auto Accident Attorneys

The attorneys at the Law Office of John J. Sheehan have decades of experience helping Massachusetts auto accident victims fight for just compensation. This includes pursuing claims against manufacturers of defective parts. If you have been injured or lost a loved one and believe that a defective Takata airbag may be to blame, please call us at 877-762-9510 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We are available 24/7 to take your call.

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