When you purchase a car, you expect that the safety measures are up-to-date and functioning. If the worst occurs and you get into an accident, the airbags are supposed to provide an extra layer of protection for you and your passengers. However, 10 vehicle manufacturers have recently issued recalls on more than 7.8 million vehicles equipped with defective airbags manufactured by Takata Corp. The experienced products liability attorneys at the Savannah law firm of Owens & Mulherin are filing wrongful death and economic damage class action lawsuits on behalf of injured people and the families of those killed. We are dedicated to getting justice for the victims of defective Takata airbags.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recalled vehicles made with certain Takata driver side airbags after multiple reports of airbag defects. These airbags have been found to explode and potentially shoot metal shrapnel at vehicle occupants, and recently filed complaints indicate that Takata has known about this safety hazard for more than 10 years.
The current recall is focused on high humidity areas, as the defect is believed to be triggered by exposure to excessive moisture. However, many are calling for the immediate recall of all vehicles equipped with Takata airbags. The NHTSA has issued an order to all of the vehicle manufacturers to test the airbags outside of the current recall areas in order to see if the airbags work properly in areas with lower humidity.
Our personal injury attorneys have extensive knowledge of this recall. We can help you determine if you can make a products liability claim after a Takata airbag has malfunctioned. Please clink this news article.
Our firm has three cases involving the defective Takata airbags. In one case, the driver of a car was involved in a wreck, his airbag deployed, and a piece of the airbag impaled his neck. Amazingly, it missed his carotid artery and his trachea so he lived! Of course, he required emergency surgery to control the bleeding and to remove the large fragment lodged in his lower neck.
We also represent a young lady who was less fortunate. She died as a result of the deployment of her airbag and the resulting sharp metal shrapnel that was expelled into her neck. That young lady was also full term pregnant. Her daughter was delivered alive while emergency staff were trying to save the mother’s life. Unfortunately, the baby then died three days later from injuries incurred in the same incident.
The above collisions were all low speed collisions involving drivers who were using their seat and lap belts. Thus, the belts and the airbag should have saved the drivers from any significant harm. Instead, the airbag inflators resulted in serious injury and wrongful death.
Many of the Takata manufactured airbag inflators were manufactured in the United States, including in LaGrange, Georgia. The above cases have been filed in U.S. Federal District Court and are currently pending against the various Takata and Honda entities. If you or a loved one have been injured or killed by a Takata airbag, we can help. Please contact us and we will file suit shortly thereafter.
To date, filed complaints claim that faulty Takata airbags are responsible for four deaths and 139 injuries. The car models with potentially defective airbags include:
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident while driving one of these cars, you may be able to file a lawsuit. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys are prepared to fight for you.
Our attorneys are dedicated to helping clients recover compensation after an injury. To learn more about Takata airbag defects and whether you have a claim, call Owens & Mulherin at 912-212-2100 or contact us online today. We offer a free in-person initial consultation. We also work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning that you owe us nothing unless you receive compensation. Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., but we’re available at other times, including weekends, by appointment.
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Mr. Owens devotes his practice exclusively to representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death claims. His primary focus is automobile/tractor-trailer accidents, dog bites, slip/trip and falls, medical malpractice, injuries from dangerous products, job injuries and nursing home abuse. Before joining forces with Mr. Mulherin to open Owens & Mulherin in 2001, Mr. Owens worked…
Mr. Mulherin represents individuals in personal injury cases. His primary practice areas are automobile accidents, tractor-trailer collisions, medical malpractice claims and workplace injuries. Before forming Owens & Mulherin with Mr. Owens in 2001, Mr. Mulherin practiced at Bouhan, Williams & Levy, LLP, from 1984 - 2000, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury cases.…