Airbags in millions of vehicles with the potential to explode have already been linked to four fatal accidents.
Now, the manufacturer is under investigation for an alleged decade-long cover-up.
According to former employees of airbag maker Takata Corp., the company halted testing and destroyed evidence in 2004, after an airbag ruptured in Alabama. Takata’s testing would not be revealed until 2008, triggering widespread recalls.
In June, Takata learned of a faulty inflater component that could cause an explosion and shower drivers and passengers with metal debris. Nissan Motor Co. and General Motors Co. responded by recalling more than 30,000 vehicles.
To determine whether your vehicle has been recalled, click on the manufacturer link here and enter your vehicle identification number (VIN).
Honda Reporting Failures
The ongoing airbag controversy has put one major automaker in particular under the microscope.
On Monday, November 3, representatives of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) submitted a list of questions to Honda Motor Co. to determine whether Honda neglected to report injuries and even fatalities related to faulty airbags. By law, Honda must respond in three weeks.
When a defect is suspected in fatal accidents or accidents involving injury, automakers must submit Early Warning Reporting information to the NHTSA. According to a statement, the NHTSA has received some information that Honda failed to report incidents involving faulty Takata airbags.
Honda, for its part, has brought in an outside firm to conduct an audit of its safety reporting procedures. Automakers began examining Takata airbags in June at the request of government officials.
On Friday, November 7, 2014, Honda recalled hundreds of thousands of additional vehicle.
More than 10 million vehicles with Takata airbags installed have been recalled in the United States over the past seven years.
Defective Takata Airbag Victims
Keller & Keller has reached out with its network of legal partners to help those injured by Takata’s defective airbag systems. Our team is able to fully investigate every potential claim by fronting all client costs.
We have extended our Zero Fee Guarantee to all victims of Takata’s dangerous airbags. Clients will pay no consultation fee and we only collect a fee when we make a recovery for you.
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