Cars, trucks and SUV’s are recalled on a regular basis because of defective parts, including:
- Defective seatbelts
- Defective airbags
- Defective brakes
Sometimes cars are recalled simply because they do not have the structural integrity necessary to protect passengers in the event of a collision. Unfortunately, recalls are not always enough to save a person from a car accident caused by a defective product. That is where our Pennsylvania defective automotive product attorneys come in.
At Friday & Cox LLC, our Pennsylvania GM airbag recall lawyers take action against auto manufacturers who put defective products on the market. We have more than 75 years of combined experience holding manufacturers accountable for failing to take appropriate measures to prevent personal injury accident. Put our experience and legal skills to work for you. Contact Pittsburgh automotive defect attorneys today for a free consultation.
Erie Defective Seatbelt and Air Bag Attorneys Seeking Maximum Compensation
You were hit by a driver who was driving recklessly or not paying attention to the road. Then the safety features on your car, including the seatbelt and the airbag, failed to protect you as they should have. In this case, you may have two claims: a car accident claim against the negligent driver and defective product liability claims against the at-fault manufacturer.
With more than 75 years of combined experience on our side, we are skilled in both types of personal injury claims. Our goal is to maximize compensation for you. If that means going up against an auto manufacturer, a big business with extensive resources, you can count on us to be aggressive advocates. We work hard to get justice for accident victims throughout Pittsburgh.
Takata Airbag Recalls
The Takata Corporation, a Japanese automotive parts corporation, began making airbags in 1988 for many different auto companies such as Audi, BMW, Honda, General Motors & Toyota among others. As of 2014 they held 20 percent of the global airbag market. In 2013, several automakers began recalling vehicles equipped with Takata airbags. Reports state that the problems may have begun a decade prior with the faulty airbags placed in some Honda models starting as early as 1998. As the number of defective airbag injuries, and deaths due to the faulty airbags, grew the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, ultimately recalled more than 42 million vehicles in the United States. By 2017 Takata filed for bankruptcy and was absorbed by Key Safety Systems.
The following automobile manufacturers use Takata airbags in their vehicles: Acura, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ford, General Motors, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Saab, Subaru & Toyota.
Why Takata Airbags Are Dangerous
Takata uses ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to fill air bags in a crash. As ammonium nitrate is volatile it can deteriorate if exposed to heat and humidity and explode with too much force. The force of the explosion blows apart a metal canister containing the ammonium nitrate resulting in shrapnel blasting into those inside the vehicle.
November 2020 GM Takata Airbag Recall
On Monday, November 23, 2020 it was announced by the NHTSA that General Motors was recalling approximately 6 million vehicles with defective Takata airbags in them. This will cost the company $1.2 billion dollars which accounts for about one third of its annual income.
To date dozens of people have been killed due to these defective airbags worldwide with a majority being in the United States. To determine if your vehicle is on the recall list please visit nhtsa.gov/equipment/takata-recall-spotlight.
If you, or a loved one, have been injured or killed due to a defective Takata airbag please contact the defective product injury attorneys at Friday & Cox, LLC. They handle Takata airbag injury lawsuits and wrongful death claims nationwide including Puerto Rico. They provide free, and in depth, case examinations and charge no fees if they do not obtain benefits and financial compensation for you and your family. Contact our injury lawyers at (412) 561-4290 to discuss your claim.
Contact Our Highly Skilled Erie Auto Defect Attorneys
If you or your loved one was injured from an auto defect, take action with experienced legal counsel. Large manufacturers have access to try and mitigate their exposure to liability. You need a strong advocate to help you assert your rights against auto maker liability. For a free initial consultation with a Pittsburgh automotive defect attorney, call 412-561-4290 or contact us online.