Top federal safety regulators have warned drivers to stop driving older model Honda and Acura vehicles immediately until defective airbags manufactured by Japanese supplier Takata can be replaced.
New test data on a particular subset of Takata airbag inflators show a far higher risk of ruptures during airbag deployment, according to a recent article published by Brett Emison, partner at Langdon & Emison.
Vehicles affected include:
- 2001-2002 Honda Civic
- 2001-2002 Honda Accord
- 2002-2003 Acura TL
- 2002 Honda CR-V
- 2002 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 Acura CL
- 2003 Honda Pilot
Defective Takata airbags are prone to explode or rupture with excessive force and shoot metal shrapnel into the vehicle compartment. It is estimated that 20 percent of the 260 million cars on U.S. roads have (or had) a defective Takata airbag, according to Emison.
Nearly 70 million vehicles have been recalled due to defective Takata airbags, making it the largest safety recall in U.S. history. The faulty airbags have been linked to at least 10 deaths and hundreds of injuries.
Langdon & Emison is representing clients in a number of Takata airbag claims nationwide. Earlier this year, our firm recently settled a lawsuit for a confidential amount on behalf of a Kentucky man who was driving his Honda Civic when struck by another vehicle.
The driver’s side air bag deployed and the air bag inflator exploded and sent shards of metal through air bag material and into Joshua’s face. He suffered a brain injury, loss of his right eye, and facial disfigurement.
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