On April 2, 2020, Nissan announced yet another Takata airbag recall. More than 250,000 of their vehicles are being recalled due to dangerously defective Takata air bags.
If you drive a Nissan, you can use the Recall Lookup Tool on the automaker’s web site to find out if your vehicle is affected. The recall is reported to cover some of the following models:
- 2012 to 2017 NV Cargo vans
- 2012 to 2017 Passenger vans
- 2013 to 2015 Titan pickups
- 2013 to 2015 Armada large SUVs
- 2011 to 2012 Infiniti QX56 SUVs
As reported below, vehicle recalls involving Takata are due to malfunctioning inflators of certain non-desiccated frontal air bags that use phase stablized ammonium nitrate (PSAN). The inflators can rupture when they are deployed in a collision, hurling metal fragments that can cause injury or death to those inside the vehicle.
If your vehicle is affected, Nissan will replace the defective part for free.
However, it is too late for more than 300 people who have been seriously injured and the 25 who have been killed by flying shrapnel from dangerous Takata air bags.
If you have been injured, or a loved one was killed by a defective Takata air bag in a Nissan or any other vehicle, TorkLaw can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and all related damages. Contact us today by completing the form on this page or calling us at 888.845.9696.
ANOTHER Takata Airbag Recall: 10 Million at Risk of Injury or Death
Originally published January 8, 2020
On January 2, 2020, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced yet another massive Takata airbag recall.
This latest recall involves at least 10 million vehicles used by 14 automakers:
- General Motors
This recall involves inflators of Takata non-desiccated frontal air bags that use phase stablized ammonium nitrate (PSAN). The PSAN inflators were an interim replacement for ones that were part of an initial Takata air bag recall. NHTSA reports the PSAN inflators can rupture during deployment, hurling metal fragments into the vehicle’s interior. These fragments may cause injury or death to those inside the vehicle.
To determine if your vehicle is at risk, check your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the NHTSA website: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls.
If you were injured, or a loved one was killed by a Takata air bag inflator, contact the personal injury lawyers at TorkLaw. You may deserve significant compensation. Complete the form on this page or telephone us at 888-845-9696.
Honda Recalling 1.2 Million Vehicles for Defective Takata Airbag Replacement Parts
Originally published on March 12, 2019
Honda has announced a recall of 1.2 million vehicles due to defects in replacement Takata air bags. This includes 1.1 million older Honda and Acura vehicles in the United States. Another 100,000 Takata airbags are being recalled in Canada, Mexico and Central America. The recalls all involve Takata airbag inflators on the driver side.
This is the second recall of these vehicles due to dangerous Takata airbags. The current Takata airbag recall is for inflators used to replace defective parts from a previous inflator recall, announced in 2014.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 37 million U.S. vehicles are currently under recall for defective Takata airbags. Worldwide, 19 automakers, including Mercedes Benz and General Motors, are recalling more than 100 million potentially faulty inflators. Motor vehicle owners can check for recalls here.
Takata uses ammonium nitrate in the air bag inflators. High temperatures and humidity cause this chemical to deteriorate and become unstable. This can lead to violent explosions of the metal canister, which hurls metal shrapnel inside the vehicle.
At least 23 people have been killed worldwide because of the defect. 21 of these deaths occurred in a Honda vehicle. More than 290 injuries worldwide have been linked to airbag deployments in which the Takata inflators exploded.
The replacement airbags are Takata model PSDI-50, manufactured at the company’s Monclova, Mexico factory. They contained a moisture-absorbing chemical and were believed to be safe. However, Honda said it was aware of at least one injury from a replacement front airbag inflator.
Honda’s announcement stated that the recalled cars will be repaired by replacing defective parts with ones made by alternate suppliers. The affected vehicles include the following model years:
- 2003 Acura 3.2CL
- 2013-2016 Acura ILX
- 2003-2006 Acura MDX
- 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
- 2004-2006 and 2009-2014 Acura TL
- 2007-2016 Acura RDX
- 2010-2013 Acura ZDX
- 2001-2007 and 2009 Honda Accord
- 2001-2005 Honda Civic
- 2002-2007 and 2010-2011 Honda CR-V
- 2003-2011 Honda Element
- 2007 Honda Fit
- 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
- 2003-2008 Honda Pilot
- 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline
Honda or Acura owners may check their cars’ recall status online at www.recalls.acura.com, www.recalls.honda.com, or can call (888) 234-2138.
If you have been harmed by a defective Takata air bag inflator, contact the personal injury attorneys at TorkLaw right away. You may be entitled to significant compensation, which can help you put your life back on track. We can help. Call us at 888-845-9696.