Takata Airbag Injuries
Product Liability Attorneys Serving Memphis and Surrounding Regions
Japanese company Takata is one of the largest airbag suppliers for vehicles manufactured and sold in the United States, including BMW, Honda, Acura, Chevrolet, Ford, Infiniti, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen, among others. Due to a design defect that can cause the airbags to explode and spray metal shrapnel, the airbags have been recalled, and millions of vehicles have been affected in the largest auto recall in U.S. history. If you have been injured by a Takata airbag, contact the Memphis Takata airbag lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz for a free consultation. Our firm has more than 30 years of experience pursuing claims against large companies such as automotive manufacturers, and we will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries whether by settlement or litigation.
Bringing a Product Liability Claim for Injuries Caused by Defective Takata Airbags
Product defects typically occur in one of three ways. There may be a problem during manufacturing that renders a defect in one batch of a product, such as when a machine malfunctions. This is called a manufacturing defect. A marketing defect occurs when a product is improperly labeled or the safety warnings are inadequate. This is common with medical devices and prescription medications. A design defect occurs when a product contains a flaw that makes it unreasonably dangerous. All products with this design will be defective, not just a particular batch. This has been the case with Takata airbags, where millions of vehicles were equipped with this defective product. Our Takata airbag attorneys can help Memphis residents and other victims throughout the South hold the manufacturer accountable for its faulty product.
A design defect in Takata airbags has caused at least 16 known deaths and over 150 injuries. The Takata airbag inflators contain a metal cartridge of a volatile chemical propellant called ammonium nitrate which can cause the inflator to rupture and shoot out metal shards when exposed to moisture, heat, or humidity over time. Takata airbag injuries can include broken or fractured facial bones, broken teeth, vision loss, vocal cord damage, permanent disfigurement, and cuts and lacerations to the face, neck, and throat.
Each state has its own product liability laws, and the damages you can seek may vary from state to state. Under Tennessee law, for instance, you may be able to seek damages for losses caused by a defective product by using several different theories of liability, including strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, misrepresentation, and concealment. Generally, if you have been injured by a defective airbag you will be able to recover compensatory damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering. You may also be to recover punitive damages if you can prove reckless conduct, intentional misrepresentation, or concealment. There is evidence that Takata may have been aware of the dangers associated with using the ammonium nitrate in its airbag inflators for years before the airbags were recalled. As a result of this, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a massive recall, and Takata has already agreed to pay over $1.5 billion in fines.
If your Takata airbag deployed unsafely as a result of a car or trucking accident, separate claims may be asserted against the other driver or vehicle owner, such as a trucking company, for negligence. An experienced Takata airbag lawyer in the Memphis area will recognize the importance of investigating all potential causes of action on your behalf and pursuing such claims when appropriate.
Consult with a Skilled Product Liability Lawyer in the Memphis Area
If you have suffered injuries due to airbag deployment in one of the 33+ million vehicles affected by the Takata recall, the Memphis Takata airbag attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz may be able to assist you in seeking compensation. Our personal injury attorneys have recovered more than $1.5 billion for injured consumers and auto accident victims in cities such as Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Tupelo, Oxford, Jackson, Starkville Meridian, Columbus, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Hayti, Caruthersville, and other areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation. NST is the way to go.