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Takata Airbag Recall

May 26, 2015 by The Sawaya Law Firm

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You may have heard that nearly 34 million air bags were recalled last week by Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata. This recall is one of the largest in U.S. history. Recalls were made after discovering that the airbag’s inflators were deploying too aggressively, causing plastic and metal shrapnel to be released that are linked to at least six fatalities. Just because this recall was made official this week, doesn’t mean Takata didn’t have knowledge of the issue far in advance. The first reported airbag malfunction occurred in 2004 and over the course of four years 4,000 other vehicles experienced similar issues. Although this issue had been brought to the attention of Takata in 2007 by Honda, it’s taken eight more years for the public to finally discover the far-reaching implications of this recall. While we cannot address all of the issues in relation to the recall, we can advise you ways to be safe.With a recall involving this many vehicles, it is going to take years to fix; and because so many models are involved in the recall it can be difficult to know whether or not you are included. You shouldn’t have to drive around wondering if you air bag is going to work properly or not. Continue below for tips on how to find out if you’ve been affected by this recall or contact our defective product litigation attorneys in Colorado today.

Is your vehicle affected?

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) recommends entering your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) here: https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/. It is important to check regularly as the NHTSA has stated they are still waiting to be supplied a complete list of affected vehicles.

Stay in the know!

Follow the NHTSA website dedicated to the Takata recalls specifically: //www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/index.html.

What do we know has been recalled?

According to the NHTSA, these makes and models have been recalled by Takata:

BMW:

  • 2000 – 2005 3 Series Sedan
  • 2000 – 2006 3 Series Coupe
  • 2000 – 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon
  • 2000 – 2006 3 Series Convertible
  • 2001 – 2006 M3 Coupe
  • 2001 – 2006 M3 Convertible

CHRYSLER:

  • 2003 – 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
  • 2005 – 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
  • 2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 3500
  • 2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 4500
  • 2008 – Dodge Ram 5500
  • 2005 – 2008 Dodge Durango
  • 2005 – 2008 Dodge Dakota
  • 2005 – 2008 Chrysler 300
  • 2007 – 2008 Chrysler Aspen

FORD:

  • 2004 – Ranger
  • 2005 – 2006 GT
  • 2005 – 2007 Mustang

GENERAL MOTORS:

  • 2003 – 2005 Pontiac Vibe — Added May 19: 2006 – 2007
  • 2005 – Saab 9-2X

HONDA

  • 2001 – 2007 Honda Accord
  • 2001 – 2003 Honda Accord
  • 2001 – 2006 Honda Civic
  • 2002 – 2006 Honda CR-V
  • 2003 – 2011 Honda Element
  • 2002 – 2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003 – 2007 Honda Pilot
  • 2006 – Honda Ridgeline
  • 2003 – 2006 Acura MDX
  • 2002 – 2003 Acura TL/CL
  • 2005 – Acura RL

MAZDA:

  • 2003 – 2007 Mazda 6
  • 2006 – 2007 Mazda Speed6
  • 2004 – 2008 Mazda RX-8
  • 2004 – 2005 MPV
  • 2004 – B-Series Truck

MITSUBISHI:

  • 2004 – 2005 Lancer
  • 2006 – 2007 Raider

NISSAN:

  • 2001 – 2003 Nissan Maxima
  • 2001 – 2004 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2002 – 2004 Nissan Sentra
  • 2001 – 2004 Infiniti I30/I35
  • 2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4
  • 2003 – 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45

SUBARU:

  • 2003 – 2005 Baja
  • 2003 – 2005 Legacy
  • 2003 – 2005 Outback
  • 2004 – 2005 Impreza

TOYOTA:

  • 2002 – 2005 Lexus SC
  • 2002 – 2007 Toyota Corolla
  • 2003 – 2007 Toyota Corolla Matrix
  • 2002 – 2005 Toyota Sequoia
  • 2003 – 2005 Toyota Tundra

If you have been in an accident and sustained injuries due to a failing air bag, contact The Sawaya Law Firm today 303-678-8921.

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