You may be wondering: Do any new car models have recalled Takata airbags?
As of April 2018, the simple answer is no new car models from the year 2018 have appeared on the Takata airbag recall list. The recall, currently at 37 million vehicles but still growing, features car models as new as 2017 and as old as 2000.
The affected airbags create a dangerous and potentially deadly situation in which the bag could explode with too much force, causing head and neck injuries as well as sending shrapnel flying through the cabin of your vehicle.
What to Do if You Drive a New Car?
Keep in mind a few things if you drive a newer vehicle. One, the Takata recall is the biggest recall in the history of the auto industry, and more vehicles appear on the list frequently. Just because your vehicle does not currently appear on the list does not necessarily mean you are out of the woods. Two, several makes and models from the model year 2017 appear on the list.
To avoid a potentially dangerous situation involving your airbags, it is prudent to check the recall list periodically to see if your car appears on the list, particularly if you drive a newer vehicle.
The Full Recall List Not Released Until 2019
Because Takata and automakers convinced government regulators of their inability to address all affected vehicles at once, the government agreed to phase-in vehicles, with new recalls issued through December 2019. What this means is that even if your car has an affected airbag, it might not appear on the list until later. The vehicles are recalled according to age and geographic location.
Which Newer Cars does the Takata Recall affect?
The Takata airbag recall has affected every major automaker in the world. According to some estimates, as many as one in four drivers could be behind the wheel of vehicles with defective Takata airbags.
According to an April 2018 Consumer Reports list, the newest models appearing on the list are from the model year 2017. Those vehicles are as follows:
2017 Audi TT
2017 Ferrari 488 GTB
2017 Ferrari 488 Spider
2017 Ferrari California T
2017 Ferrari F12
2017 Ferrari F12 tdf
2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso
2017 Lexus GX460
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabrio
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
2017 Volkswagen CC
Why Are Recalled Takata Airbags So Dangerous?
A defective airbag can hurt you in a couple of ways. First, it can deploy with excessive force. When this happens in a crash situation, as your head is thrown forward from the impact of the collision and meets the rapidly expanding airbag, which immediately reverses the momentum of your skull, it is similar to taking a punch from a heavyweight boxer.
The rapid change of direction can also:
- Damage your spine
- Cause paralysis
- Result in brain injury
There is also the risk that excessive pressure in the metal inflator inside the airbag will cause it to explode, sending pieces of metal flying through your vehicle like little projectiles.
For these reasons, you should address the Takata recall immediately upon finding your vehicle on the list. There is no reason to hesitate based on worries about cost, as the work is free if your car has an active recall. You can contact your local dealership or any other mechanic authorized to service your car for details.
What if a Defective Airbag Injured Me?
If you were in an accident and suffered injuries when the airbag deployed, you might be eligible to receive damages from the manufacturer. A defective products lawyer can examine the details of your accident, look at the evidence, and inform you of your legal options.
It is essential, though, to get in touch with an attorney right away so he or she can begin investigating and preserve any evidence that exists while it is fresh. The longer you wait to start the process, the greater the chance that the evidence becomes stale, weakening your case.
If You Were Injured by a Defective Airbag, Contact Newsome Melton
The attorneys at Newsome Melton want to help you win the damages you deserve if injured by a defective Takata airbag. We can gather evidence, build a strong case on your behalf, and hold the manufacturer liable. Come in for a free case evaluation to have all your questions answered. To set up an appointment today, call our office at 888-808-5977.