Takata Update: BMW Recalls 230,000 Additional Vehicles
Last week, BMW announced the recall of an additional 230,000 vehicles over concerns that they may have defective Takata inflators. The German automaker told U.S. authorities that they recently discovered that some of Takata’s faulty inflators had been used as a replacement part in certain older vehicles after an airbag had been deployed. The defective Takata airbag inflators, which can project metal shrapnel into the driver or passenger, have been identified as the replacements for older inflators manufactured by Petri AG. The former German airbag manufacturer was one of BMW’s main suppliers of inflators before Takata Corp. purchased Petri AG in 2000. A spokesperson for BMW stated that if a vehicle with a Petri AG inflator required a replacement it would likely have been a PSDI-4 made by Takata.
The affected BMW lines include some 3 Series, 5 Series, and X5 SUVs spanning model years 2000 to 2003. A spokesperson from BMW indicated that some of the cars may have been previously recalled, but not for the replacement parts in question. According to the automaker this latest recall brings the total number of BMW’s equipped with Takata airbag inflators to more than 1.5 million. The first recall connected to Takata’s faulty inflators came back in 2008 and is not expected to be completed until 2023. But some insiders are concerned that it will take longer to ensure every recalled inflator is off the road. Regulators recently reported that there are still more than 20 million dangerous inflators on U.S. roadways.
While actively seeking a buyer (the latest favorite is Key Safety Systems), Takata Corp. has agreed to officially plead guilty to the DOJ charges on February 27th. These latest announcements have caused Takata’s stock to plunge nearly 10% in the past five days. Owners of a BMW affected by the latest recall will be contacted in March, but consumers are being urged to bring their vehicles to a dealer now to see if they have a defective Takata inflator. BMW said that once they have identified a faulty inflator they will immediately replace it at no charge to the owner.
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Takata to Pay $1 Billion as Massive Recall Continues to Expand The largest automotive recall in U.S. history continues to grow as regulators say more than 20 million dangerous Takata airbag inflators remain on American roads. It is now estimated that 42 million vehicles, equipped with around 70 million defective Takata inflators, will be recalled […]
“The findings in this analysis conducted for The Safety Institute are disturbing, said Richard Newsome of Newsome Melton law firm. “For months now, all we have been hearing is how it’s the consumers responsibility to not drive cars that have been recalled, yet here we see evidence that car owners couldn’t get their recalled vehicles fixed […]
Federal safety regulators announced more than 300,000 Hondas and Acuras should not be driven until their Takata airbags are replaced.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said new tests show these airbags have a much higher risk of exploding and killing a driver or passenger. These airbags have a 50% chance of exploding when they are deployed in an accident, according to the agency. Other Takata airbags have less than a 1% chance of exploding.
Cars located in humid regions of the country such as Texas, Florida and the Gulf Coast are at particular risk.
The models identified by NHTSA 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.
A new public service announcement (PSA) featuring Corey Burdick, one of many victims of defective Takata airbags that have been recalled.
“The federal government just issued an urgent warning to consumers about certain 2001/2002 Honda vehicles with defective airbags,” Newsome can be seen saying in the PSA. “The warning told consumers not even to drive their vehicles until they have taken it into a dealership to make sure that if they have a defective airbag, it has been replaced.”
Takata, whose airbags can be found in one in every five cars on the road in the United States, has come under Congressional scrutiny for intentionally putting forward a product which executives knew was defective. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida has stated that the current Takata airbag recall may reach upwards to 250 million vehicles worldwide.
In the educational PSA, a disfigured Burdick speaks into the camera stating, “I lost my eye because of a defective airbag…take your car in today so that this doesn’t happen to you.”
Corey Burdick’s life was forever changed on May 29, 2014 when he was involved in a minor traffic incident while driving to work in Lake County, Florida. During the minor incident, the Takata airbag in his 2001 Honda Civic ejected sharp metal shrapnel into his right eye, leaving him disfigured and permanently blind in that eye.
Burdick later found out that his Civic had been previously recalled multiple times for the dangerous airbag defect. Unfortunately, Burdick never received notice of the recall. As a result, Burdick, his wife, and their two young children are now forced to live with permanent and needless injuries he suffered as a result of the shrapnel defect.
On Wednesday, June 1st, during a news conference with Sen. Bill Nelson, our client Tiffany Vu spoke with the media about a fender-bender she was in that ended with doctors removing shards of metal from her body at a hospital due to a faulty Takata airbag. On or about April 14, 2016, Tiffany Vu, 27 […]
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Orlando, FL – Last week 40 million more cars were recalled because of exploding Takata airbags. The recall now affects around one out of every four cars in America, making it by far the largest recall in history. But the dirty truth about the recall is that sitting here today, it’s impossible for anyone to […]
Despite a flurry of filings almost a year ago, and despite best efforts by the plaintiffs and the courts, litigation involving defective Takata airbags is moving forward at a snail’s pace. At issue are over 30 million airbags installed in cars made by eleven different manufacturers in what has become the largest recall in automotive […]
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