MASSIVE Airbag Recall Leads to Settlement

Auto, Safety, TransportationStephanie Lair

A massive airbag recall has been put into effect! Eleven human beings have died as a result of the injuries inflicted by defective Takata airbags. And hundreds more have been severely injured by the exploding inflators.

At the heart of the problem is the airbag’s inflator, a metal cartridge loaded with propellant wafers, which in some cases has ignited with explosive force. If the inflator housing ruptures in a crash, metal shards from the airbag can be sprayed throughout the passenger cabin—a potentially disastrous outcome from a supposedly life-saving device.

According to a Texas Officer last month, the death of a 17-year-old from a minor accident could have been avoided if the airbags were in working order. The Takata Airbag in this young individual's 2002 Honda Civic exploded launching sharp metal shards into her body, slicing her neck.

This recall includes 24 million vehicles containing 28 million potential lethal airbags in the United Sates. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, only 8 million airbags have been replaced. That means there are over 20 million of you out there driving around with lethal airbags leading to avoidable fatalities. 

If you don’t see your car in the alphabetical list of vehicles affected below, go to safercar.gov to plug your Vehicle ID Number, or VIN, into the recall look-up tool to confirm if it needs its airbag inflators replaced. 

UPDATE August 2017: Following this massive recall, Toyota, BMW, Subaru, Nissan and Mazda are set to pay up to $553 million to current and former owners and lessees of the 15.8 million affected vehicles once approved by the court. While some of the money in the proposed settlement will be used to encourage consumers to bring their recalled vehicles in for repair, the rest is meant to reimburse car owners and lessees for expenses incurred while waiting for their cars to be repaired such as: car rentals, lost wages, towing charges and child care.

Less than one-third of Toyota and Subaru vehicles have had their airbags replaced, and fewer than a fifth of those from BMW and Mazda.

Continue to check back here for more updates on the settlement, or contact us at info@mypirl.com for more information. 

If your car has been affected, a letter should have been sent to you, but if you haven't received a letter, or lost the one sent to you and need to file a claim, click the button below.

Update February 2018: A U.S. bankruptcy judge in Delaware approved a plan negotiated by Takata and its creditors to create a trust fund to compensate the victims of exploding airbag inflators. Automakers are giving up some monetary claims against Takata and agreeing to contribute $90 million to $137 million to the trust fund.

Update July 2018: Ford Motor Co. agreed to a $299.1 million deal that allows the company to exit this multidistrict litigation over defective Takata Corp. air bags and accelerates the removal of dangerous air bag inflators from 6 million affected vehicles.