Drivers and passengers rely on airbags to protect them during a crash. When an airbag malfunctions, however, the safety devices we depend on can become deadly.

Takata Corporation, one of the country’s leading manufacturers of airbags, is under fire after reports indicate that the devices can malfunction, causing pieces of metal to break free from the housing and strike the driver.

The Tulsa personal injury attorneys at The Edwards Law Firm are increasingly concerned about the dangers these airbags pose, and are investigating Takata airbag lawsuits.

If you have questions about a possible lawsuit, contact our legal professionals today by calling 1-800-304-9246.

Recall Spreads Worldwide

At least 14 million vehicles with Takata airbags have been recalled across the world. The air bags are linked to eight deaths, and over a hundred injuries.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the chemicals used in the airbags propellant can degrade in areas of high heat and humidity. As a result, the airbags combust violently, exploding the metal housing which encases the bag. Shards of metal from the housing are expelled at high speed when the airbag deploys, embedding in the face, neck, and torso of the driver.

As a result of this defect, minor accidents can cause major damage. The metal from the housing has maimed, disfigured, and killed victims, leaving family members searching for answers.

Takata Accused of Cover-Up

Former employees of Takata have accused the manufacturer of hiding evidence that the airbags were defective, and conducting secret tests to verify the extent of the problem.

The United States Senate and the NHTSA are investigating these allegations, and want to know if Takata purposefully failed to warn the public of the potential dangers the airbags posed. Besides the shattered housing, other problems with the airbags have included unexplained ruptures, design defects, and manufacturing flaws.

In addition to the allegations of a cover up, Takata has also settled multiple airbag lawsuits secretly, preventing other potential plaintiffs from learning vital information about the processes and procedures Takata used to manufacture and correct the airbags.

Airbag Attorneys Taking Action

Government entities in both the United States and Japan are investigating Takata Corp.s actions both before and after news of the recall broke.

Additionally, attorneys like those at The Edwards Law Firm are reaching out to help people who may have been injured by these defective airbags.

If you are unsure if injuries caused in an auto accident were the result of a defective airbag, check to see if the vehicle was affected by the recall. You search by your cars VIN on the NHTSA website, or you can consult the organization’s Takata-specific page.

The Edwards Law Firm Fights for Airbag Victims

If you or your loved one was injured by a defective airbag, you may be able to file a claim for compensation against the company responsible.

The defective products attorneys at The Edwards Law Firm are reviewing airbag claims against Takata Corp. and other manufacturers, and will be able to advise you of your rights after an injury.

If you or your loved one was injured by a defective Takata airbag, don’t wait to pursue the justice you deserve. Call 1-800-304-9246 or use our case evaluation form to set up your free consultation today.