The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced that the Takata airbag recall expansion has almost doubled the number of vehicles affected to over 32 million.
A November New York Times report claimed that Takata was aware of airbag defects for years before filing paperwork with regulators. The NHTSA asked that the recalls be expanded to the national level. Honda and Ford recalled several million vehicles in December 2014. By May 2015, the recall was expanded to include 33.8 million vehicles, which included approximately 17 million recalled previously by automakers.
At least 8 fatalities and a number of serious injuries have been attributed to Takata airbag ruptures on the driver or passenger side of affected vehicles. The airbags were mostly installed on vehicles with model years from 2002-2008, but may affect vehicles manufactured as recently as 2014. The airbag recall affects the following manufacturers:
- General Motors
If your vehicle has been affected by the recall, you likely received communication from the manufacturer. You can use your vehicle identification number, which is located in the lower corner of the windshield on the driver side of your vehicle, to search for your vehicle using the NHTSA’s VIN-lookup tool. If your vehicle is affected by the airbag recall or any other recall, the tool will let you know.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to an automobile defect such as a malfunctioning airbag, get the help you deserve today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims such as vehicle defects for over 40 years. John Schuerman is a compassionate advocate for injury victims and their families. He’ll fight for full compensation for injury victims’ claims. You can schedule a free consultation today by calling Schuerman Law at 1-800-274-0045.