States with high humidity are prioritized in the Takata airbag recall because the ammonium nitrate in Takata airbags may degrade when exposed to the moisture present in hot and humid climates. The failure to include a drying agent in the airbag compounded the problem, creating a risk of rupture upon deployment. When ammonium nitrate degrades, it could combust during an airbag deployment, sending metal shrapnel at vehicle occupants at high speeds.
As of February 2018, there have been 24 deaths involving Takata airbags and 240 injuries. The recall affects over 37 million vehicles.
Takata Airbag Incidents in Humid Climates
States with high humidity have been prioritized in the Takata airbag recall due to the higher risk of ammonium nitrate degradation. Your priority group will depend on your vehicle’s state of registration, as well as the make, model, and year.
Humid states such as California, Florida, and Texas have had deaths and other incidents involving Takata airbags. However, there have reportedly been deaths related to Takata airbag explosions worldwide.
Even if you live in a colder or less humid climate, you should still get the recall repairs as soon as possible.
Contact Your Dealership for Recall Repairs
If you receive a recall notice or find out that your vehicle is subject to recall from the NHSTA website or our airbag recall lookup page, contact your dealership to schedule the recall repairs. They should perform the repairs at no cost to you.
You may also want to contact your manufacturer to determine whether it is safe to drive your vehicle before getting the repairs. The NHSTA has specifically stated that owners of certain vehicles should not drive because of the danger of an airbag explosion.
Class Action Lawsuit Against Takata
You may receive certain class action settlement benefits if your vehicle was part of the Takata airbag recall. Several manufacturers have agreed to class action settlements, which could provide you with reimbursement for expenses or a residual distribution.
You will not receive compensation for actual physical injuries as part of the class action. If your Takata airbag ruptured and caused your physical harm, you will need to file a product liability lawsuit or claim to receive compensation for your injuries.
Learn More About the Massive Takata Airbag Recall
Visit our Takata airbag recall page for more information, including a full list of recalled vehicles, and reported deaths associated with Takata airbags. If you suffered injuries from a Takata airbag rupture, contact a defective airbags lawyer for a free case evaluation.
The attorneys at Newsome Melton handle complex civil litigation cases, including product liability lawsuits. We help the victims of product defects use the legal system to hold manufacturers accountable. Call us at 888-808-5977 to receive your free initial consultation.