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Florida Injury Lawyers for Vehicle Accidents Involving Airbag Defects

Defective airbags create severe risks for drivers and passengers. From deploying without a crash to exploding violently or failing to deploy in the event of a traumatic collision, there are numerous potential issues that can lead to dangerous accidents and injuries for which defective airbags are to blame.

In 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and many of the world’s leading auto manufacturers issues the largest-ever recall upon discovering dangerous defects in a widely-used brand of airbags. Despite millions of vehicles being recalled and fitted with replacement airbags, questions remain as to the safety of the airbags used. The research also suggests that drivers and passengers in Florida may be particularly at risk, since high humidity and high temperatures are known to trigger the issues that led to the recall.

Issues Related to Airbag Defects

Dangerous airbag deployments and failures to deploy can result from a wide range of factors. Some of the most common issues in cases involving accidents and injuries caused by defective airbags include:

  • Failure to Deploy – Faulty sensors and other issues can cause airbags not to deploy in the event of a high-speed collision.
  • Deploying Too Late – In order to be effective, airbags must deploy in an instant. Deploying too late can leave vehicle occupants exposed to severe traumatic injuries, and colliding with an inflating airbag (as opposed to an airbag that is already fully-inflated) can result in injuries as well.
  • Low-Speed Accident Deployment – In low-speed accidents, airbags can do more harm than good. Many people suffer airbag-related injuries in low-speed accidents when they would have been better off had their airbags not deployed.
  • Deploying Without a Crash – When airbags deploy without a crash (for example, as a result of hitting a pothole), not only can the airbag itself cause injuries, but it can put the vehicle’s occupants and other motorists at risk for serious injuries resulting from a collision.
  • Burns and Shrapnel Injuries – Airbags that deploy improperly can cause burns and send shrapnel flying through the vehicle cabin. Eye, ear and facial other injuries are all common in cases of defective airbag deployments.

 

How the Takata Airbag Recall Could Affect Your Vehicle

Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart and Shipley, P.A. is currently prosecuting claims relating to the recent recall of Takata manufactured airbags. Ruptures of the Takata inflators have been tied to twelve deaths and more than 200 injuries in the United States. The danger of shrapnel-generating airbag explosions is of greater concern in hot, damp climates, so owners of affected vehicles in areas fitting that description should take special note of this recall.

Updated Statistics: 46 Million Inflators Recalled in 34 Million Vehicles

In January 2017, pursuant to the Amended Consent Order schedule, Takata filed a scheduled defect notice (2 of 5), expanding the population of defective inflators. The affected vehicle manufacturers also filed defect notices for their affected vehicles. In total, approximately 46 million inflators have been recalled in approximately 34 million vehicles in the United States.

Then, in July 2017, based on new Takata test data undertaken pursuant to NHTSA’s Consent Order, Takata filed a defect notice recalling—for the first time—inflators that contain a desiccant (the PSDI-5 desiccated inflator made with calcium sulfate desiccant).  Approximately 3 million Ford, Mazda, and Nissan vehicles contain the part. Nissan filed a defect notice for all of its affected vehicles (approximately 515,000). Ford and Mazda each filed defect notices for all of their affected vehicles, respectively, which include notice of intent to file Petitions for Inconsequentiality. Under NHTSA regulations, the companies had 30 days to file their respective petitions.

This expansion does not recall all desiccated inflators. Takata used several propellant-desiccant combinations in their PSAN inflators and, at this time, only one combination in this particular inflator variant (the PSDI-5 desiccated inflator) shows the problem that causes ruptures.

Affected Makes and Models of Vehicles Recalled as of January 19, 2017

Please visit https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/ and enter your Vehicle Identification Number to see if your car is affected by this recall.

ACURA

  • 2003 Acura 3.2CL
  • 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
  • 2013-2016 Acura ILX
  • 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid
  • 2003-2006 Acura MDX
  • 2007-2016 Acura RDX
  • 2005-2012 Acura RL
  • 2009-2014 Acura TL
  • 2009-2014 Acura TSX
  • 2010-2013 Acura ZDX

AUDI

  • 2006-2013 Audi A3
  • 2005-2008 Audi A4 Avant
  • 2006-2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet
  • 2005-2008 Audi A4 Sedan
  • 2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabriolet
  • 2003-2011 Audi A6 Avant
  • 2005-2011 Audi A6 Sedan
  • 2009-2012 Audi Q5
  • 2017 Audi R8
  • 2008 Audi RS 4 Cabriolet
  • 2007-2008 Audi RS 4 Sedan
  • 2005-2008 Audi S4 Avant
  • 2007-2009 Audi S4 Cabriolet
  • 2005-2008 Audi S4 Sedan
  • 2010-2012 Audi S5 Cabriolet
  • 2007-2011 Audi S6 Sedan
  • 2016-2017 Audi TT

BMW

  • 2008-2013 BMW 1 Series
  • 2000-2013 BMW 3 Series
  • 2002-2003 BMW 5 Series
  • 2011-2015 BMW X1
  • 2007-2010 BMW X3
  • 2003-2013 BMW X5
  • 2008-2014 BMW X6
  • 2010-2011 BMW X6 Hybrid

CADILLAC

  • 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 2007-2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT

CHEVROLET

  • 2007-2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
  • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD
  • 2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado LD
  • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Tahoe

CHRYSLER

  • 005-2015 Chrysler 300
  • 2007-2009 Chrysler Aspen
  • 2007-2008 Chrysler Crossfire

DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA

  • 2008-2009 Sterling Bullet

DAIMLER VANS

  • 2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter
  • 2007-2017 Freightliner Sprinter
  • 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

DODGE/RAM

  • 2008-2014 Dodge Challenger
  • 2006-2015 Dodge Charger
  • 2005-2011 Dodge Dakota
  • 2004-2009 Dodge Durango
  • 2005-2008 Dodge Magnum
  • 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 1500/2500/3500 Pickup
  • 2005-2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup
  • 2007-2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Cab Chassis
  • 2006-2009 Dodge Ram 3500 Pickup
  • 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 4500/5500 Cab Chassis

FERRARI

  • 2010-2015 Ferrari 458 Italia
  • 2014-2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale
  • 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A
  • 2012-2015 Ferrari 458 Spider
  • 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 GTB
  • 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 Spider
  • 2009-2014 Ferrari California
  • 2015-2017 Ferrari California T
  • 2013-2017 Ferrari F12
  • 2016-2017 Ferrari F12 tdf
  • 2016 Ferrari F60
  • 2012-2016 Ferrari FF
  • 2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso

FISKER

  • 2012 Fisker Karma

FORD

  • 2007-2010 Ford Edge
  • 2006-2012 Ford Fusion
  • 2005-2006 Ford GT
  • 2005-2014 Ford Mustang
  • 2004-2011 Ford Ranger

GMC

  • 2007-2014 GMC Sierra HD
  • 2007-2013 GMC Sierra LD
  • 2007-2014 GMC Yukon
  • 2007-2014 GMC Yukon XL

HONDA

  • 2001-2012 Honda Accord
  • 2001-2011 Honda Civic
  • 2003-2011 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2001-2011 Honda Civic NGV
  • 2010-2015 Honda Crosstour
  • 2002-2011 Honda CR-V
  • 2011-2015 Honda CR-Z
  • 2003-2011 Honda Element
  • 2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity
  • 2007-2013 Honda Fit
  • 2013-2014 Honda Fit EV
  • 2010-2014 Honda Insight
  • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003-2015 Honda Pilot
  • 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline

INFINITI

  • 2003-2008 Infiniti FX
  • 2001 Infiniti I30
  • 2002-2004 Infiniti I35
  • 2006-2010 Infiniti M
  • 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4

JAGUAR

  • 2009-2015 Jaguar XF

JEEP

  • 2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler

LAND ROVER

  • 2007-2012 Land Rover Range Rover

LEXUS

  • 2007-2012 Lexus ES350
  • 2010-2017 Lexus GX460
  • 2006-2013 Lexus IS250/350
  • 2010-2015 Lexus IS250C/350C
  • 2008-2014 Lexus IS F
  • 2012 Lexus LFA
  • 2002-2010 Lexus SC430

LINCOLN

  • 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX
  • 2006-2012 Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ

MAZDA

  • 2004-2009 Mazda B-Series
  • 2007-2012 Mazda CX-7
  • 2007-2015 Mazda CX-9
  • 2003-2011 Mazda6
  • 2006-2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed6
  • 2004-2006 Mazda MPV
  • 2004-2011 Mazda RX-8

MC LAREN

  • 2016-2017 McLaren 570
  • 2015-2016 McLaren 650S
  • 2016 McLaren 675LT
  • 2012-2014 McLaren MP4-12C
  • 2011-2015 McLaren P1

MERCEDES-BENZ

  • 2005-2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • 2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • 2011-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabrio
  • 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
  • 2009-2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
  • 2010-2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
  • 2009-2010 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class
  • 2009-2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
  • 2007-2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
  • 2011-2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class

MERCURY

  • 2006-2011 Mercury Milan

MITSUBISHI

  • 2012-2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  • 2004-2007 Mitsubishi Lancer
  • 2004-2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
  • 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
  • 2006-2009 Mitsubishi Raider

NISSAN

  • 2001-2003 Nissan Maxima
  • 2002-2004 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra
  • 2007-2012 Nissan Versa

PONTIAC

  • 2003-2010 Pontiac Vibe

SAAB

  • 2005-2006 Saab 9-2x
  • 2006-2011 Saab 9-3
  • 2006-2009 Saab 9-5

SATURN

  • 2008-2009 Saturn Astra

SCION

  • 2008-2015 Scion XB

SUBARU

  • 2003-2006 Subaru Baja
  • 2009-2013 Subaru Forester
  • 2004-2011 Subaru Impreza (Including WRX/STI)
  • 2003-2014 Subaru Legacy
  • 2003-2014 Subaru Outback
  • 2006-2014 Subaru Tribeca
  • 2012-2014 Subaru WRX/STI

TESLA

  • 2012-2016 Tesla Model S

TOYOTA

  • 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner
  • 2003-2013 Toyota Corolla
  • 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Matrix
  • 2009-2013 Toyota Matrix
  • 2004-2005 Toyota Rav4
  • 2002-2006 Toyota Sequoia
  • 2011-2014 Toyota Sienna
  • 2003-2006 Toyota Tundra
  • 2006-2011 Toyota Yaris (Hatch Back)
  • 2007-2012 Toyota Yaris (Sedan)

VOLKSWAGEN

  • 2009-2017 Volkswagen CC
  • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Eos
  • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Golf
  • 2013 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2009-2013 Volkswagen GTI
  • 2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat
  • 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
  • 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Wagon

Future Deadlines for Takata Notices and Recalls

  • December 31, 2017 – Takata’s 3rd scheduled defect notice is due (of 5).
  • December 31, 2018 – Takata’s 4th scheduled defect notice is due (of 5).
  • December 31, 2019 – Takata’s 5th scheduled defect notice is due (of 5).  This is also the deadline by which Takata must prove its desiccated PSAN inflators are safe, otherwise the NHTSA Administrator can order Takata to recall all desiccated PSAN inflators.
  • September 30, 2020 – Last deadline for non-desiccated PSAN inflator recalls to launch (vehicle manufacturers must have sufficient parts available for repairs).

Choose the Vehicle Defect Attorneys at Searcy Denney

Our firm has significant experience representing individuals and families in cases involving defective products. We have been fighting against the major vehicle manufacturers and other large corporations for decades, and we have secured millions in compensation – including numerous multi-million-dollar awards – for clients suffering due to dangerous defects. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident and you suspect that a defective airbag may be to blame, we encourage you to contact us for help. We will provide you with a free case assessment, and if you and your family are entitled to compensation, we will fight vigorously to win the compensation you deserve.

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