Takata Airbags kill People
Seven million cars in the U.S. with Takata airbags have been recalled for defects. Defective inflator and propellent devices may deploy improperly in a crash, or they could deploy regardless of a crash, shooting metal fragments into vehicle occupants. At least four people have been killed by exploding airbags in the U.S., according to the Center for Auto Safety. All of the deaths occurred in Honda or Acura cars made by Honda Motor.
Woman killed by Airbag Shrapnel
Though we do not know the true total of how many serious injuries and/or deaths could be related to the airbag defect, homicide detectives in Orlando, Fla., verified that one woman was killed by shrapnel from an exploding Takata airbag. Hien Tran died last month in Florida after the airbag in her 2001 Honda exploded, sending shrapnel into her face and neck, causing her to bleed to death. Homicide investigators spent two weeks investigating the cuts in Ms. Tran’s neck to determine the weapon(s) used to kill her. She appeared to have been stabbed to death; but detectives finally concluded that her Accord’s exploding airbag killed her. Research alerted them to a case five years earlier in which a woman had also been stabbed in the neck, in Orange County, by an exploding airbag. That woman survived.
Takata Airbag Owners Beware
Owners of affected vehicles would be wise to take note. The list below shows vehicles with the recalled airbags, but it may not be complete. We do not offer it as legal advice but simply as the list which we are aware has been released so far regarding automobiles with defective Takata airbags. Car makers which are part of the Takata Airbag Recall include Acura, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge/Ram, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Saab, Subaru, Toyota.
Airbag Recall Expanded
On Nov. 13, 2014, Honda expanded an airbag recall to include 2003-2005 Honda Accord; 2001-2005 Civic; 2002-2005 CR-V; 2003-2004 Element; 2002-2004 Odyssey; 2003-2005 Pilot; 2006 Ridgeline; 2003-2005 Acura MDX; 2005 Acura RL.
Takata Airbag Recall Cars
Make and Model of Recalled Vehicle
2002–2003 CL and TL; 2003–2006 MDX; 2005 RL
2000–2005 3-series sedan and wagon; 2000–2006 3-series coupe, convertible; 2001–2006 M3 coupe, convertible
2005–2008 Chrysler 300; 2007–2008 Aspen
2003–2008 Dodge Ram 1500; 2005–2008 Ram 2500, Dakota, and Durango; 2006–2008 Ram 3500 and 4500; 2008 Ram 5500
2004 Ranger; 2005–2006 GT; 2005–2007 Mustang
2001–2007 Accord; 2001–2005 Civic; 2001–2006 CR-V; 2002–2004 Odyssey; 2002–2011 Element; 2003–2007 Pilot; 2006 Ridgeline
2001–2004 Infiniti I30/I35; 2002–2003 Infiniti QX4; 2003–2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45; 2006 Infiniti M35/M45
2003–2007 Mazda 6; 2006–2007 Mazdaspeed 6; 2004–2008 Mazda RX-8; 2004–2005 MPV; 2004 B-series
2004–2005 Lancer; 2006–2007 Raider
2001–2003 Maxima; 2001–2004 Pathfinder; 2002–2006 Nissan Sentra
2003–2005 Baja, Legacy, Outback; 2004–2005 Impreza, Impreza WRX, Impreza WRX STI
2002–2005 Toyota Corolla and Sequoia; 2003–2005 Matrix, Tundra.