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Does Your Car Have this Dangerous Takata Airbag?

If you haven’t heard of the Takata airbag scandal yet, understand that this is a massive case of product liability that has endangered thousands of drivers and passengers. 14 different car companies have already reported dangerous issues in their vehicles because of these defective airbags. The issue occurred because Takata attempted to use non-desiccated ammonium nitrate to reduce its costs. This new material, however, fails when it is exposed to humidity over time. This can cause the airbags to fire metal into the car rather than inflate properly. The issue has already taken 15 lives, and it is far from resolved. Which Cars Have Defective Takata Airbags? The issues began with Honda, but they have since spread numerous other car companies that use Takata airbags, including Mazda, Chrysler, Toyota, Ford, Mitsubishi, GM, Audi, BMW Mercedes, Volkswagen and others. The United States government has determined that as many as 100 million…
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Employee Emails May Reveal Conspiracy to Conceal Takata Airbag Defect

Honda announced two months ago that it would no longer be using Takata as its supplier of driver and side airbags after concluding that airbag safety tests have been “misrepresented and manipulated.” As part of a lawsuit filed against Takata by a Florida woman, who was paralyzed when the Takata airbag in her 2001 Honda Civic deployed too aggressively during a 2014 car accident, a number of files and employee emails have been unsealed. These files and emails appear to prove widespread manipulation and misrepresentation dating back to at least 2000. The employee emails show a disregard for consumer safety. “Happy Manipulating!!!” wrote Bob Schubert, an airbag engineer with Takata, regarding poor airbag safety test results in 2006. “To have these kind of offhand remarks shows that this is a systematic issue at Takata,” said Mark Lillie, a former Takata employee and whistleblower. Employees were also encouraged to alter presentations…
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Takata Airbag Recall Reaches Record Level

In an update to a series of blog posts we have brought you, last week, it was announced that the Takata airbag recall has been extended in the U.S. to include more than 34 million vehicles. According to the New York Times, Takata admitted that its airbags were defective last week, which resulted in the expansion of the recall. The airbags can allegedly explode during car accidents and send metal shrapnel at passengers. The expansion now makes it the largest consumer product recall in U.S. history, as about one in seven vehicles currently on American roads are affected. For nearly a year, Takata and vehicle manufacturers were attempting to keep the recall geographically based, saying the issue affected mostly vehicles in southern climates. The Times reported that six deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the defective airbags. “Up until now Takata has refused to acknowledge that…
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