Millions of dangerous cars are under a global recall over faulty airbags that can explode – even in minor collisions. Around 70 million vehicles, and nearly 20 separate auto companies, are affected. The company behind these defective airbags is Takata, a Japanese auto supplier and one of the four largest airbag manufacturers in the world.
Takata Air Bags: Millions Of Vehicles Recalled
Due to an unstable propellant chemical, Takata-made airbags can rupture upon deployment, sending shards of metal hurtling toward drivers and passengers. The defective airbags have already been linked to 14 fatalities and over 140 injuries, sparking a wave of airbag lawsuits against Takata and multiple vehicle companies.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began investigating the problem in 2014, after reports of airbag explosions in Florida and Puerto Rico. Once the reports had been confirmed and publicly linked to Takata, the NHTSA “received notification” that BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, and Toyota would all be recalling their affected vehicles. But investigative reports suggest that officials from Takata knew about, but actively concealed, the airbag’s risks since at least 2004.
In dozens of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, victims say that Takata lied to government regulators and the public, hiding evidence that its airbags were unreasonably dangerous for decades. The case against Takata is damning. In fact, the company has been quietly settling lawsuits involving faulty airbags for years.
Recalled Vehicles: Exploding Takata Airbags
Nearly every major auto manufacturer has been affected by the Takata recall. Is your vehicle on the list?
- 2003 Acura 3.2CL
- 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 – 2011 Acura TSX
- 2011 Acura TSX Sportswagon
- 2009 – 2014 Acura TL
- 2010 – 2013 Acura ZDX
- 2005 – 2013 Audi A3
- 2004 – 2008 Audi A4
- 2006 – 2009 Audi A4 cabriolet
- 2010 – 2011 Audi A5 cabriolet
- 2005 – 2011 Audi A6
- 2009 – 2012 Audi Q5
- 2008 – 2013 BMW 1-series coupe and convertible
- 2000 – 2011 BMW 3-series sedan
- 2000 – 2012 BMW 3-series wagon
- 2002 – 2013 BMW 3-series coupe and convertible
- 2002 – 2003 BMW 5-series
- 2008 – 2011 BMW M3 sedan
- 2001 – 2013 BMW M3 coupe and convertible
- 2002 – 2003 BMW M5
- 2013 – 2015 BMW X1
- 2007 – 2010 BMW X3
- 2003 – 2004; 2007 – 2013 BMW X5
- 2008 – 2014 BMW X6
- 2015 Buick LaCrosse
- 2007 – 2011 Cadillac Escalade
- 2007 – 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV
- 2007 – 2011 Cadillac Escalade EXT
- 2007 – 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche
- 2007 – 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
- 2007 – 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500
- 2007 – 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500
- 2007 – 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe
- 2007 – 2011 Chevrolet Suburban
- 2005 – 2012 Chrysler 300
- 2005 – 2010 Chrysler 300C
- 2006 – 2007 Chrysler Crossfire
- 2007 – 2009 Chrysler Aspen
- 2005 – 2010 Chrysler SRT8
- 2006 – 2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500
- 2006 – 2009 Dodge Sprinter 3500
- 2007 – 2014 Freightliner Sprinter 2500
- 2007 – 2014 Freightliner Sprinter 3500
Dodge / Ram
- 2003 – 2009 Dodge Ram 1500
- 2003 – 2009 Dodge Ram 2500
- 2003 – 2010 Dodge Ram 3500
- 2008 – 2010 Dodge Ram 4500
- 2008 – 2010 Dodge Ram 5500
- 2006 – 2012 Dodge Charger
- 2008 – 2012 Dodge Challenger
- 2005 – 2008 Dodge Magnum
- 2005 – 2011 Dodge Dakota
- 2004 – 2009 Dodge Durango
- 2008 – 2009 Dodge Sterling Bullet 4500
- 2008 – 2009 Dodge Sterling Bullet 5500
- 2009 – 2011 Ferrari California
- 2010 – 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia
- 2004 – 2011 Ford Ranger
- 2005 – 2006 Ford GT
- 2005 – 2014 Ford Mustang
- 2006 – 2011 Ford Fusion
- 2007 – 2010 Ford Edge
- 2007 – 2011 GMC Sierra 1500
- 2007 – 2011 GMC Sierra 2500
- 2007 – 2011 GMC Sierra 3500
- 2007 – 2011 GMC Yukon
- 2007 – 2011 GMC Yukon XL
- 2008 – 2011 Honda Accord
- 2001 – 2007 Honda Accord 4-cylinder
- 2001 – 2002 Honda Accord V6
- 2010 – 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour
- 2001 – 2011 Honda Civic
- 2003 – 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid
- 2002 – 2011 Honda CR-V
- 2011 – 2015 Honda CR-Z
- 2002 – 2004 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 – 2011 Honda Element
- 2003 – 2011 Honda Pilot
- 2006 – 2010 Honda Gold Wing motorcycle
- 2006 – 2014 Honda Ridgeline
- 2007 – 2014 Honda Fit
- 2010 – 2014 Honda FCX Clarity
- 2010 – 2014 Honda Insight
- 2001; 2003 – 2004 Infiniti I30
- 2002 – 2004 Infiniti I35
- 2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4
- 2003 – 2008 Infiniti FX35
- 2003 – 2008 Infiniti FX45
- 2006 – 2010 Infiniti M35
- 2006 – 2010 Infiniti M45
- 2009 – 2011 Jaguar XF
- 2007 – 2012 Jeep Wrangler
- 2007 – 2011 Land Rover Range Rover
- 2007-2011 Lexus ES350
- 2010-2011 Lexus GX460
- 2006-2011 Lexus IS 250
- 2010-2011 Lexus IS 250C
- 2006-2011 Lexus IS 350
- 2010-2011 Lexus IS 350C
- 2008-2011 Lexus IS F
- 2002-2010 Lexus SC
- 2006 – 2011 Lincoln Zephyr
- 2006 – 2011 Lincoln MKZ
- 2007 – 2010 Lincoln MKX
- 2003 – 2011 Mazda 6
- 2006 – 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed 6
- 2004 – 2011 Mazda RX-8
- 2004 – 2006 Mazda MPV
- 2004 – 2006 Mazda B-Series
- 2007 – 2011 Mazda CX-7
- 2007 – 2011 Mazda Cx-9
- 2005 – 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-class
- 2007 – 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-class
- 2007 – 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
- 2009 – 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-class
- 2009 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz M-class
- 2009 – 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-class
- 2010 – 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-class
- 2010 – 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-class
- 2011 – 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG coupe and roadster
- 2006 – 2011 Mercury Milan
- 2004 – 2007 Mitsubishi Lacer
- 2004 – 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
- 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
- 2006 – 2009 Mitsubishi Raider
- 2001 – 2003 Nissan Maxima
- 2002 – 2006 Nissan Sentra
- 2002 – 2004 Nissan Pathfinder
- 2007 – 2011 Nissan Versa
- 2003 – 2007 Pontiac Vibe
- 2005 – 2006 Saab 9-2x
- 2006 – 2011 Saab 9-3
- 2006 – 2009 Saab 9-5
- 2008 – 2011 Saab XB
- 2008 – 2009 Saturn Astra
- 2008 – 2011 Scion XB
- 2003 – 2006 Subaru Baja
- 2009 – 2011 Subaru Forester
- 2004; 2006 – 2011 Subaru Impreza
- 2003 – 2011 Subaru Legacy
- 2003 – 2011 Subaru Outback
- 2006 – 2011 Subaru Tribeca
- 2010 – 2011 Toyota 4Runner
- 2003 – 2011 Toyota Corolla
- 2003 – 2008 Toyota Corolla Matrix
- 2009 – 2011 Toyota Matrix
- 2004 – 2005 Toyota Rav4
- 2011 Toyota Sienna
- 2002 – 2007 Toyota Sequoia
- 2003 – 2006 Toyota Tundra
- 2006 – 2011 Toyota Yaris
- 2009 – 2014 Volkswagen CC
- 2012 – 2014 Volkswagen Eos
- 2010 – 2014 Volkswagen Golf
- 2010 – 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
- 2006-2010; 2012 – 2014 Volkswagen Passat
You can use the NHTSA’s SaferCar.gov website to search for your vehicle’s identification number (VIN), learn whether it’s part of the recall, and instructions on going forward.
Latest Takata Air Bag News Headlines
By Laurence P. Banville
September 21, 2018 – States In Australia Begin To Cancel Registrations of Cars With Takata Airbags
The Queensland Transport authority announced that it will be contacting the owners of vehicles that are still equipped with the high-risk faulty Takata airbags with a defect notice that requires the airbags to be replaced as a matter of urgency. If these airbags are not replaced then the owner runs the risk of their vehicle registration being canceled. The Northern Territory is planning to follow the same steps. West Australia authorities have already sent out warning letters to the owners of affected vehicles on August 10, warning them not to drive the vehicles.
August 31, 2018 – Risk Of Explosions Increases For Defective Takata Airbags In High Heat
While the recall of the defective Takata airbags has been in effect for years there are still thousands of vehicles on the road equipped with the dangerous airbags. The defective airbags have caused injuries and deaths around the globe and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has broken up all of the states into zones based on humidity and temperature and California is in the most dangerous zone due to its high heat. This risk of the airbags exploding in these states is very high.
July 27, 2018 – Ford Agrees To Settlement For Owners Of Vehicles With Defective Takata Airbags
Ford Motor Co. is the latest car company to agree to a settlement over lawsuits filed by the owners of vehicles with faulty Takata airbags. This is the 7th deal made of the 19 car companies that are part of a class action lawsuit regarding the largest automotive recall in United States history. The agreement still needs to be approved by the court but states that Ford will spend up to $299 million to settle the suits filed by owners of affected Ford vehicles.
June 30, 2018 – Floridians Urged To Take Takata Airbag Recall Seriously And Act Quickly
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging Floridians who have not replaced their faulty recalled Takata airbags to do so as soon as possible. Despite the urging to replace the faulty pieces after the recall was issued there are over 459,000 that have not had the airbags replaced. There is an even greater concern with the vehicles in Florida because the weather conditions make the airbags particularly susceptible to exploding.
May 31, 2018 – Automakers Miss Deadline To Repair Defective Takata Airbags
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave a deadline in 2015 for automakers to repair the defective Takata airbag inflators by the end of 2017. There were more than 20 million defective airbag inflators yet by the end of 2017 there were still over 7 million that were not repaired. The defective airbags are responsible for the deaths of 22 people around the world as well as many injuries.
April 30, 2018 – Senator Pushes Honda To Find Dangerous Takata Airbag Inflators
The Takata airbag recall is the largest automotive recall in U.S. history and despite efforts made by automakers thousands of defective inflators remain in vehicles nationwide. Senator Klobuchar is now pushing Honda to track down the most dangerous airbags with “Alpha” inflators. This type of inflator is considered extremely dangerous because it has a 50% chance of rupturing and causing death or injury to the occupants of the vehicle. Honda said that they have been given the highest priority in the recall and there are currently over 60,000 still in vehicles.
March 30, 2018 – Takata Whistleblowers Will Receive And Share $1.7 Million Settlement
The largest recall in automotive history is the defective Takata airbag inflators recall and that recall had three whistleblowers who are former employees. These individuals assisted the U.S. government by providing information and assistance in the criminal case against Takata. The company pleaded guilty in 2017 and this month a settlement of $1.7 million was made with the 3 whistleblowers who will split the award.
February 2, 2018 – Three Detroit Automakers Will Receive Payment From Takata For Defective Airbags
On Thursday, February 1, the United States District Court in the Eastern District Of Michigan stated that three automakers will receive restitution from the fund created by the former Takata Corp. Ford Motor Co. will receive $45.3 million, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will receive $53.8 million and General Motors Co. will receive $90 million after the airbag recall which affected vehicles those companies manufactured and caused the death of several people around the globe. The restitution fund was set up as part of the guilty plea Takata Corp. took for producing defective and deadly airbag deflators causing the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.
January 8, 2018 – 3.3 Million Vehicles Added To Takata Recall
The largest automotive recall in U.S. history has been going on for years now regarding faulty air bag inflators manufactured by Takata. The recall involves vehicles manufactured by many companies including Honda, BMW, Ford, Nissan, and several more. Recently, Takata has added another 3.3 million air bag inflators to the recall which cover frontal air bags in some 2009, 2010, and 2013 vehicles from various automakers. The recalls were posted on the company’s website on Saturday. The automakers will have more specific information for vehicle owners as to what models are being recalled.
December 6, 2017 – Slow Moving On Takata Airbag Recall Is Extremely Dangerous
The largest vehicle recall in U.S. history is still in effect for automobiles with Takata airbags according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall monitor, John Buretta. The recall affects 19 manufacturers and about 46 million Takata parts that are being recalled due to faulty airbag inflators which can cause the airbags to explode and send shrapnel flying. Despite the fact that these faulty devices are so deadly and have already been responsible for 19 deaths and 200 injuries, the recall process is going slowly. Only 43% of the defective airbags have been replaced so far.
November 3, 2017 – Takata Airbag Recall In Australia Joined By Jaguar And Range Rover
Following Australia’s Takata airbag recall, Jaguar and Range Rover have announced that more than 17,000 vehicles will join the recall for the defective airbags. The brand’s spokesperson stated that the recall is being conducted “despite no reports of failed airbags in any of its vehicles anywhere in the world.” The company also stated that they are trying to err on the side of caution and will prioritize the recall by beginning with the oldest vehicles first.
October 3, 2017 – Mass Recall In China For Honda Vehicles Due To Defective Takata Airbags
After settling with Takata for $605 million last month Honda will begin a mass recall in China of several of their vehicles which may be affected by the defective airbags on October 23. The recall will include the Accord, Fit, City, Crosstour and Everus S1 models and will involve over 245,000 vehicles. The defective airbags have been linked to 16 deaths and multiple injuries worldwide leading to the biggest car recall in history. Takata filed for bankruptcy in June after pleading guilty to fraud in February.
September 5, 2017- $605 Million Set Aside By Honda To Settle Takata Airbag Claims
Of all the companies affected by the Takata airbag scandal, Honda was the most impacted. The Japanese automaker has agreed to a $605 million settlement in order to pay for buyers’ claims linked to the airbags in America. This set-aside sum will go towards paying for all the out-of-pocket costs and lost wages customers might experience from getting their Takata airbag-equipped cars repaired. The money will also go towards creating an outreach program designed to speed up the current pace of the recall, including the replacement of recalled parts. This settlement amount will be the biggest among Takata-related settlements if the courts approve the amount being offered by Honda.
August 2, 2017- Mother Of Three Dies In Takata Airbag Accident
A 34-year-old Pasco County mother of three recently died in an accident involving an exploding Takata airbag. The deceased mom was driving a 2002 Honda Accord with two of her children. Her children suffered minor injuries when the accident took place. A medical examiner’s officer stated that the mother died of blunt head trauma and Honda officials confirmed that the airbag inflator ruptured when the accident occurred.
July 6, 2017- What Does Takata’s Bankruptcy Mean For Repairs?
Takata recently filed for bankruptcy and this has left many wondering if their cars will get repaired for defective airbags. The company filed for bankruptcy protection following the largest auto recall of all time involving the company’s faulty inflators. It is estimated that Takata faces $1 billion in costs and penalties and so far only 35 percent of the 46 million airbags have been repaired. Fortunately, the bankruptcy will not affect people who are part of the $125 million set aside for victims. However, if you want to sue, the situation is likely going to be different because bankruptcy puts a hold on lawsuits. Automakers can still be sued because they are ultimately responsible for what they sell.
June 2, 2017- Trump Administration Blamed For Unrepaired Takata Airbags
One senator blames the Trump administration for the two-thirds of Takata’s 46.2 million recalled airbags in the U.S. that are yet to be repaired. The Florida senator attributes the President’s delay in hiring a new National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator for the nearly 30.4 million potentially life-threatening airbags that are still on the roads. As summer approaches, automakers are under pressure to repair more of the defective airbags as the hot humid weather is likely to cause airbag failure.
May 8, 2017- Versa And Versa Note Under Recall By Nissan
Nearly 210 model year 2017 Versa and Versa Note cars are being recalled by Nissan due to Takata airbag problems. However, the automaker states that the airbag problem is not related to the specific airbag explosion issue. Nissan engineers have been working with Takata and have determined that a ring plate used to secure the airbag cushion to the passenger frontal airbag assembly can fail. The airbag failure will cause the airbag to not deploy properly. Takata notified Nissan about the problem.
April 5, 2017- 2.9 Million More Vehicles Recalled By Takata
Toyota recently recalled nearly 2.9 million more vehicles globally in the latest campaign related with Takata airbag inflators. The cars that are affected are in Japan, Oceania, China, and other regions. The cars being recalled include Corolla Axio sedan and RAV4 SUV. The makers of Subaru cars, Fuji Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Motors and truck maker Hino have also recalled roughly 240, 000 vehicles. These recalls were mainly in Japan due to the inflators made by Takata Corp. The airbags can explode after prolonged exposure to heat.
March 3, 2017- A Different Takata Airbag Problem Leads To Ford Vehicles Recall
Another Takata airbag issue has Ford recalling nearly 32,000 vehicles in North America. This latest recall involves airbags that do not inflate properly, which is different from the other exploding faulty airbags. The affected models were built between November 11, 2014, and February 15, 2017. The current Ford recall is specific to Takata-sourced airbags in the front driver that deploy but are misaligned. The misaligned airbag ends up being partially filled and the airbag cushion might also separate from the airbag module. Replacing the airbag module is what is supposed to fix the problem.
February 2, 2017- More Than 41,000 Vehicles Recalled By Honda India
The Takata airbag recall has affected at least seven million vehicles all over the world. One of the affected countries is India with over 41,000 vehicles that are being recalled due to faulty airbags. Honda Cars India has announced a voluntary recall in order to replace Takata passenger front airbag inflators for 41,580 vehicles. The Honda India recall affects previous generation versions of the Jazz, City, Civic, and Accord which were all manufactured in 2012. The most affected vehicle in this recall is the previous generation Honda City with 32,456 units that were produced in 2012.
January 13, 2017- Takata Expected To Pay $1 Billion In Fines
It has been reported that airbag maker Takata, is set to reach a criminal settlement with U.S. prosecutors. The air bag maker is set to pay almost $1 billion in fines, restitution, and victim compensation, and is also supposed to plead guilty on wire-fraud charges. Takata is set to pay $850 million to automakers as restitution, portion out $125 million to a victim compensation fund, and pay $25 million in criminal penalties. In addition, Takata is to submit to an independent compliance monitor.
December 7, 2016- 2009-2012 Nissan Navara, Patrol Recalled For Faulty Airbags
A recall has been issued by Nissan for its previous-generation D22 Navar ute and Y61 Patrol off-roaders sold between 2009 and 2012. This recall is part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign. The Japanese manufacturer has stated that affected vehicles could be fitted with passenger airbag inflators that possibly allow moisture to enter the unit. If this happens then the inflator units deteriorate which would cause metallic fragments to shoot into the cabin when the airbag deployed. If this fault is left unchecked it poses a serious risk of injury or death to the vehicle’s occupants. The recall affects 20,906 vehicles.
November 2, 2016- Texas Woman Sues Honda Motor Co Inc. For Injuries Caused By Takata Airbag Explosion
Honda Motor Co Inc. is being sued by a Texas woman for at least $1 million for injuries she alleges were caused by an airbag explosion. She is also suing the U.S. subsidiary of airbag maker Takata Corporation. The woman was injured in a low-speed car accident due to the explosion of the propellant in the airbag. The lawsuit was recently filed in state district court in Houston, with claims that Takata has known for over two decades that ammonium nitrate is dangerously unstable but the use of it as a propellant continued because of its low cost.
October 7, 2016- NHTSA Demonstrates What Can Happen With Takata Airbag Inflators
NHTSA has revealed what could potentially happen to consumers who do not bring their cars with Takata airbags for repair. It has been documented that out of the 245,000 airbag inflators pulled from cars that were tested, 660 ruptured. This showed that almost 1 in 371 cars posed a potential risk for drivers and passengers because these parts are likely to degrade over time and explode when there is excessive force in the event of a crash. Car makers with the defective airbags are recalling the vehicles in waves. Unfortunately, 15 people have already lost their lives globally, with 10 people in the United States. Over a hundred people have been injured by the plastic and metal shrapnel.
No Compensation Fund For Takata Airbag Victims
In 2014, General Motors recalled 2.6 million vehicles due to a faulty ignition switch that caused cars to unexpectedly stop, at times right on the highway. The defect also turned off the vehicles’ airbags, exacerbating the effects of any crashes it caused. The defect threatened millions of lives, but drivers were left using malfunctioning cars long after GM executives became aware of the problem.
Thousands were injured due to faulty manufacturing and corporate fraud. But in the wake of multiple severe accidents, General Motors stepped up to help the drivers and passengers who were hurt. The company established a victims’ compensation fund, worth $595 million, to cover medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Nearly 400 personal injury and wrongful death claims have been compensated through GM’s fund to date.
A similar scheme has been suggested to compensate the victims of Takata airbags, but the company has rejected the idea. In June 2016, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal called on Takata executives to set up a fund and begin compensating victims immediately. Takata, however, has no plans of doing so in the foreseeable future. In a letter reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, the company said that “a national compensation fund is not currently required.” Senator Blumenthal is “astonished and deeply disappointed.”
Takata Airbag Injury & Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Were you or a loved one injured by an exploding Takata airbag? Contact the New York personal injury lawyers at Banville Law today. Our experienced product liability attorneys can review your case, offering compassionate guidance, in a free consultation. We always work on a contingency-fee basis: if we don’t win, you don’t pay.