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NHTSA Orders Takata to Preserve Inflators for Recall Investigation

Steve Wagner

The Takata company has been ordered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to preserve all of the airbags they are removing from recalled vehicles. NHTSA is performing an ongoing investigation into the cause of the random deployments and injuries caused by these airbags.

We’ve previously reported to you the dangers of the Takata airbags, how they reportedly used a dangerous mixture of chemicals that have an adverse reaction when put through an extreme temperature change. The chemical mixture can transition to a solid state under certain temperatures, which can make it extremely dangerous when the airbags deploy. The solid-state gas acts like shrapnel when the airbags are deployed, often tearing through the fabric of the airbag and extremely injuring the driver and passengers of the car involved.

The recall has been active since 2008, when 17 million vehicles were recalled from automakers including BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, General Motors, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota.

As a result of the mandate from the NHTSA, Takata is prohibited from destroying or damaging any inflators from recalled vehicles, except those necessary for testing. They are also required to set aside at least 10% for independent testing. Any subsequent automakers who apply for testing of the inflators must submit to the preservation order, and allow access to all their data to the NHTSA.

If you have a vehicle that might be under a recall, you can be sure by checking the NHTSA’s recall database. If you have been injured by a defective product that was not appropriately labeled, or a product that should have been recalled, the product liability attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you with your lawsuit and the recovery of your compensation. Give us a call at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.


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