Defective Takata airbags took the life of another person in Malaysia recently – the seventh death in the country from the faulty airbags. This tragedy happened in Kuala Lumpur in a 2004 Honda City car. The current owner did not receive the recall letters from Honda because the automaker used an outdated database and sent the notices to the original purchaser of the vehicle. Earlier this year, on New Year’s Day, another Malaysian died from an exploding Takata airbag, also while driving a 2004 Honda City car.
The Takata Airbag Numbers at a Glance:
The enormity of the danger can be hard to fathom, so here are the relevant quick statistics:
- 23 deaths worldwide from Takata airbags
- 240 or more injuries worldwide from the airbags
- $1 billion is the amount Takata agreed to pay
- 50 million Takata airbags recalled in 37 million vehicles
- 19 automakers involved in the recall
- 20 million estimated cars and trucks with recalled Takata airbags still not fixed, as of latest official figures (September 2017)
How You Can Find Out if Your Vehicle Has Recalled Airbags
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), who issued the recalls, has a website dedicated to the Takata recalls. The NHTSA urges you to take these four steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from Takata airbags:
- Check to see if your vehicle is on the recall list. All you need is your car’s vehicle identification number (VIN). The website will show you how to find your VIN.
- If your car has an airbag recall, contact your local dealer immediately. They will repair the airbags for free.
- Whether your vehicle is on the airbags recall list or not, sign up for notification of future recalls that might affect your car or truck.
- Check the recall list at least once every six months. The NHTSA has expanded the recall list and anticipates adding more vehicles to the recall in the future. There will likely be about 65-70 million airbags recalled eventually.
If you suspect that someone you know might have suffered injury or death from an airbag, please give us a call at 888-808-5977. The defective airbag lawyers at Newsome Melton will provide you with answers for free about whether you might be eligible for compensation.