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Honda Says 60,000 Vehicles Still Have Defective Takata Airbags

Honda Says 60,000 Vehicles Still Have Defective Takata Airbags

Honda is warning Americans that 62,000 of its vehicles are “ticking time bombs.” In an exclusive article in the Washington Post, Honda says these vehicles, typically older Hondas dating back to 2001, have defective Takata brand airbags. Honda claims to be ready and willing to repair these vehicles, but says it is having a hard time finding the current owners of the cars. Honda asserts that even when it locates an owner, some of them do not believe the vehicles are dangerous, so they refuse to allow Honda to make the repairs.

The Washington Post article claims that:

  • Takata knew around 2000 that some of the ammonium-nitrate inflators could explode.
  • Some of the earlier inflators also had manufacturing defects that made them more prone to rupture.
  • Humidity and the passage of time degrade the ammonium nitrate, causing the airbags to inflate with too much pressure, leading to rupture.
  • Takata sent automakers and the government fraudulent reports to try to hide the problems with the inflators.

Takata pled guilty to wire fraud in February of 2018. It admitted to selling airbags it knew were defective, and to covering up the truth about the danger. The company will pay $1 billion for the concealment.

Some older Takata inflators, known as “Alphas,” have a 50-50 chance of exploding in even minor crashes. When the inflators explode, they send shrapnel flying at high speed, maiming or killing people inside the vehicle.

In 2008, Jewel Brangman, was in a minor crash in a rented 2001 Honda Civic. The airbag exploded and killed her by severing the carotid artery in her neck with shrapnel.

The Takata airbag recall is the largest auto industry recall in U.S. history. The dangerous airbags have killed people in these states:

  • California
  • Florida
  • Louisiana
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

If an airbag hurt you or a loved one, please contact Newsome Melton for help. To get your no-cost consultation, call us today at 888-808-5977.

Reported Intel Chip Flaw and Slowdown

Reported Intel Chip Flaw and Slowdown

Understanding Your Legal Rights and Remedies William C. Ourand, Esq. 2018 began with a bombshell report that instantly ignited a firestorm throughout the tech community.  According to The Register,[1] all Intel chips from the past decade may have critical security flaws that could allow unauthorized access to passwords and other sensitive information.   And to make […]

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Lessons from Remington – SIG Sauer’s P320

Lessons from Remington – SIG Sauer’s P320

By: Nicholas S. Gurney, Esq. Will ‘drop fire’ concerns over SIG Sauer’s P320 handgun lead to nationwide recall? In early August, retailer Omaha Outdoors shocked the firearm community with a warning: SIG Sauer’s P320 may fire when dropped.[1]  This revelation, hot on the heels of otherwise positive reviews of the popular striker-fired modular handgun platform, […]

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Cases

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Cases

Carbon monoxide (“CO”) poisoning is a major health problem in the United States, resulting in thousands of injuries—including permanent brain damage—and hundreds of deaths each year. Many, if not most, of these injuries and deaths could be avoided by responsible industry behavior—including by using reasonable safeguards, like CO detectors, and by properly designing and manufacturing […]

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Suing Lyft and Uber: Are There Any Viable Causes of Action Left?

Suing Lyft and Uber: Are There Any Viable Causes of Action Left?

This past session, the Florida Legislature passed, and the Governor promptly signed into law, House Bill 221. This bill constitutes a statewide overhaul of the laws governing transportation network companies (“TNCs”) like Uber and Lyft. Unfortunately, the legislation has horrible ramifications for consumers who are injured by a TNC driver, as it effectively eliminates certain […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Florida Supreme Court Rules Med Mal Caps Unconstitutional

BREAKING NEWS: Florida Supreme Court Rules Med Mal Caps Unconstitutional

Yesterday, the Florida Supreme Court issued a landmark decision, North Broward Hospital District v. Kalitan, which effectively abolishes the arbitrary caps on medical malpractice damages the Legislature enacted back in 2003. Historically, Floridians injured by medical negligence were stuck with incredibly limited awards for non-economic damages, thanks to the efforts and lobbying prowess of various […]

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Asleep at the Wheel: How Trial Lawyers’ Heads are Buried in the Ground with Respect to Self-Driving Cars and Transportation Network Companies

Asleep at the Wheel: How Trial Lawyers’ Heads are Buried in the Ground with Respect to Self-Driving Cars and Transportation Network Companies

      By Richard Newsome, Esq. & William C. Ourand, Esq. Self-driving cars and transportation network companies will soon converge and bring about a paradigm shift of tectonic plate proportions for the auto industry, auto insurance industry, and lawyers who handle auto crash cases.  The industry is already preparing for the upcoming revolution, and is […]

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RICH NEWSOME NAMED TO FLORIDA’S CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION

RICH NEWSOME NAMED TO FLORIDA’S CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION

Richard Corcoran, the 100th Speaker of Florida’s House of Representatives, announced his nine appointments to the Florida Constitution Revision Commission yesterday, including our very own Rich Newsome. Corcoran’s appointments will join the 37-member commission assembled every 20 years, which will convene over the next 12 months. The group is tasked with identifying any necessary modifications […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Florida Supreme Court Rejects Daubert, Medical Malpractice Expert Witness Rules to the Extent They are Procedural

BREAKING NEWS: Florida Supreme Court Rejects Daubert, Medical Malpractice Expert Witness Rules to the Extent They are Procedural

BREAKING NEWS: The Florida Supreme Court Rejects Daubert and Medical Malpractice Expert Witness Rules to the Extent They are Procedural Yesterday, the Florida Supreme Court rejected both the Daubert standard and the medical malpractice same specialty requirement “to the extent” each one “is procedural.”  This ruling is a major victory for consumers. Back in 2013, […]

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