What Is The Takata Airbag Recall?
The Takata airbag recall is the largest automotive recall in United States history. Takata is a company that manufactures airbags for a number of vehicle manufacturers. It was discovered after a series of auto accidents that the propellant that inflated the airbag began to degrade. This resulted not only in malfunctioning airbags, but led to the airbags spraying metal shrapnel when inflated during a collision. The impact of this damage is still being investigated with not all injured parties discovered yet. The recall was for 67 million airbags and Takata with the NHTSA has already recalled 40 million vehicles.
What Should I Do If I Own A Ford?
If you are a Ford vehicle owner and are worried your vehicle is on the recall list, contact your dealership immediately or alternatively, look up your VIN number on the NHTSA website. With the Takata recall, the vehicle manufacturers will incur all of the costs to replace the airbag. If you have a vehicle that is impacted by the Takata recall, the NHTSA or the Ford dealership will provide instructions. You will then schedule an appointment to have your vehicle airbag replaced for free. It’s important that you schedule this as soon as possible to avoid being severely injured.
What If I Was Injured By A Takata Airbag?
If you’ve been injured by a Takata Airbag, you may have a claim for product liability. Product liability is based on the premise that manufacturers and distributors have a legal obligation to provide their customers with safe products. When you are injured by a product, you may have a claim for product liability. This is especially true when the manufacturer knew of the issue like in the case of the Takata Airbag recall.
How Does A Product Liability Claim Work?
Product liability claims are pretty straightforward. Your attorney will first investigate to determine all of the defendants. In this case, the defendants might be Takata and Ford Motors. However, there may be others such as a car dealership if they sold you the vehicle knowing about the malfunction. Once the defendants are identified, your attorney will begin collecting evidence to prove the damages resulted from the defective airbag. These can include police accident records, medical records, and documentation of medical care. Then they will determine the value of the damages, file a claim with the insurance company, and fight for full and fair compensation.
If you’ve been injured as part of the Takata airbag recall, give us a call at 1-941-625-HURT. We’ll review your case for free and help you decide your next steps. The attorneys at All Injuries Law Firm have been protecting auto accident victims for over 30 years in Southwest Florida. We will help identify all of the relevant defendants, collect evidence to prove liability, and fight for your rights to compensation for your injuries.