Takata Corporation of Japan has been all over the news for many, many months
due to its dangerously defective airbags. Linked to more than 15 deaths
around the world, most in America, and countless product liability claims,
a Takata recall impacted
millions of vehicles from numerous automakers. The company’s notoriety continues
to grow with a recent BMW AG recall.
BMW has voluntarily recalled 230,000 vehicles in the United States after
fears arose that some cars could have a Takata airbag inflator within.
In 2000, Petri AG was purchased by Takata. Consequently, any BMW vehicle
that underwent repairs or parts replacement due to an accident after 2000
could have had a Takata inflator installed.
Models affected in this most-recent of BMW recalls include:
- X5 (2001 – 2002)
- 3 Series (2000 – 2002)
- 5 Series (2001 – 2003)
If you have a BMW model that fits these descriptions, please notify a local
BMW distributor or shop for more information. You can also visit
https://www.safercar.gov/ to review the recall status of your automobile based on its VIN number,
model, and more. Takata airbags are known to explode violently and kill
or maim with metal shrapnel; checking the recall status of your vehicle
should be a priority for your own health and safety.
Problem Could Be Even Greater
The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) has expressed new concern over the BMW
recall. It is not clear to BMW how many of their vehicles will have a
Takata airbag within it. The CAS warns that any number of other automakers
could be facing the same situation and not know it. The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been urged to open an investigation
into the likelihood of more Takata airbags being used as replacements
in vehicles that did not have that brand of airbag originally.
If you or someone you know has been hurt by a Takata airbag, or any other
defective product, Oronoz Ericsson & Gaffney LLC can help you. Our
Las Vegas personal injury attorneys have decades of legal experience managing
all sorts of injury claims. Call
702.904.8858 to connect with our team and set up a
free case evaluation.