Airbags are devices that with air during an auto collision to cushion drivers and passengers from impact in the event of an accident. The bags are usually located in the steering wheel, and can also be found on the passenger side, and in some cases, in the doors as well.
Sometimes, the airbags can cause injuries instead of preventing them, especially if the airbags are defective. Airbag injuries can be minor or quite serious. Injuries can include:
In some cases, airbag injuries and defect issues have been linked to wrongful death claims as well.
Is There Anything Wrong with the Takata Airbag?
A recall is a request for consumers to stop using or return the product because there is some kind of defect with the product. The recall can be a request from a government agency or manufacturer.
Honda, the Japanese automaker, recalled 4.89 million cars equipped with Takata brand airbags because the airbags were defective. The automaker noticed there was a problem with the chemical mix used in the airbags. At extreme temperatures, airbags that contain the mixture can explode. The airbag has caused at least five known deaths.
What Makes an Airbag Defective?
A defective airbag causes injuries because of the way it was manufactured, designed, or installed. Examples of a defective airbag include:
- Not deploying during an accident;
- Deploying during a minor accident;
- Made of harmful materials;
- Deploying too slow to help the driver or passenger; and/or
- Deploying too fast and with too much force.
Can I Sue Honda for Manufacturing a Car with a Defective Takata Airbag?
A Takata airbag lawsuit usually focuses on suing the manufacturer for placing the airbags on the market, including the car manufacturer that chose to place Takata airbags in their cars. According to the product liability legal theory, a consumer can sue the manufacturer of the product, if there was a:
- Design Defect: For instance, if the airbag was designed using poor materials
- Warning Defect: For example, if the product did not come with proper safety instructions and warning labels
- Manufacturing Defect: This is where the design is satisfactory, but there is a defect during the production or manufacturing stage, such as the bag being attached incorrectly to the car
In some cases, a class action defective product lawsuit can be filed if enough people were injured or affected by the airbag. This can help streamline the process in court and help the injured parties effectively recover their losses (such as medical expenses and hospital bills).
How Can I File a Takata Airbag Lawsuit?
If you feel the need to sue because your life has been placed at risk by owning a car with Takata airbags, contact a local personal injury lawyer regarding the airbag lawsuit. A lawyer can explain your legal options and file the lawsuit on your behalf.