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Everybody knows airbags are designed to provide protection to passengers inside the vehicle. But when those safety devices are defective, as in the case of Takata airbags, serious injuries can occur and even lead to death.

Exploding Airbags Threatening Thousands of Drivers in Tampa, FL

Recently, the automotive world has been rocked by the massive recall of the airbags manufactured by Takata, the largest supplier of airbag parts in the world. Unfortunately, millions of vehicles in the U.S. have driver’s side airbags with faulty Takata part. According to experts, the problem involves defective inflator and propellant devices that deploy improperly in the event of a collision. The Takata airbags can rupture and explode with excessive force, spraying metal shrapnel at drivers and passengers. The metal shrapnel has already caused serious facial and bodily injuries to drivers over the world and has even resulted in deaths. 5 deaths and 139 injuries have been reported and attributed to the faulty device in the last decade. Takata says the airbags are only prone to fail in climates with high humidity. That’s why this issue is a major concern for those that reside in Florida. The compound used in the airbag that triggers the expansion of the airbag is adversely affected by the high humidity.

List of Vehicle Makes and Models Affected by the Airbag Recall

Acura 2003 Acura 3.2CL 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL 2013-2016 Acura ILX 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid 2003-2006 Acura MDX 2007-2016 Acura RDX 2005-2012 Acura RL 2009-2014 Acura TL 2010-2013 Acura ZDX Audi 2005-2013 Audi A3 2006-2009 Audi A4 Cabrio 2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabrio 2009-2012 Audi Q5 BMW 2008-2013 128i 2008-2013 135i 2008-2013 1 Series M 2000 323i 2002-2006 325Ci 2002-2003 325iT 2001-2011 325i 2001-2011 325xi 2002-2003 325xiT 2006-2012 325xiT 2000 328i 2006-2013 328i 2006-2013 328xi 2006-2013 328i xDrive 2001-2011 330i 2001-2011 330xi 2002-2006 330Ci 2006-2013 335i 2006-2013 335xi 2006-2013 335i xDrive 2009-2011 335d 2007-2013 335is 2002-2003 525i 2002-2003 530i 2002-2003 540i 2001-2013 M3 2002-2003 M5 2013-2015 X1 sDrive28i 2013-2015 X1 xDrive28i 2013-2015 X1 xDrive35i 2007-2010 X3 xDrive30i 2003 X5 3.0i 2003 X5 4.4i 2007-2013 X5 xDrive30i 2007-2013 X5 xDrive35i 2007-2013 X5 xDrive48i 2007-2013 X5 xDrive50 2007-2013 X5 M 2009-2013 X5 xDrive35d 2008-2014 X6 xDrive35i 2008-2014 X6 xDrive50i 2008-2014 X6 M Chevrolet 2007-2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 2007-2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Chrysler 2007-2008 Chrysler Aspen 2005-2010 Chrysler 300 2005-2010 Chrysler 300C 2007-2008 Chrysler Crossfire 2005-2010 Chrysler SRT8 Daimler Trucks North America (Sterling Bullet) 2008-2009 Sterling Bullet 4500 2008-2009 Sterling Bullet 5500 Daimler Vans USA LLC (Sprinter) 2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500 2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter 3500 2007-2014 Freightliner Sprinter 2500 2007-2014 Freightliner Sprinter 3500 2010-2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 2010-2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 Dodge/Ram 2008-2010 Dodge Challenger 2006-2010 Dodge Charger 2005-2011 Dodge Dakota 2004-2008 Dodge Durango 2005-2008 Dodge Magnum 2003-2009 Dodge Ram 1500 2003-2009 Dodge Ram 2500 2003-2009 Dodge Ram 3500 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 4500 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 5500 Ford 2004-2006 Ranger 2005-2006 GT 2005-2014 Mustang GMC 2007-2008 GMC Sierra 2500 2007-2008 GMC Sierra 3500 Honda 2001-2007 Accord 2001-2005 Civic 2003-2005 Civic Hybrid 2001-2004 Civic CNG 2002-2011 CR-V 2011-2015 CR-Z 2003-2011 Element 2010-2014 FCX Clarity 2009-2013 Fit 2013-2014 Fit EV 2010-2014 Insight 2002-2004 Odyssey 2003-2008 Pilot 2006-2014 Ridgeline Infiniti 2003-2005 Infiniti FX35 2003-2005 Infiniti FX45 2001 Infiniti I30 2002-2004 Infiniti I35 2006 Infiniti M35 2006 Infiniti M45 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4 Mazda 2004-2006 B-Series Truck 2003-2008 Mazda6 2006-2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed6 2004-2005 MPV 2004-2008 RX-8 Mercedes-Benz 2005 C230 Kompressor 2006-2007 C230 2008-2011 C300 2008-2011 C300 4Matic 2005 C320 2006-2011 C350 2009-2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG 2010-2011 E350 2010-2011 E350 4Matic 2011 E350 Cabriolet 2010-2011 E550 2010-2011 E550 4Matic 2011 E550 Cabriolet 2010-2011 E63 AMG 2009-2010 GL320 BlueTec 4Matic 2011-2012 GL350 BlueTec 4Matic 2009-2012 GL450 4Matic 2009-2012 GL550 4Matic 2010-2012 GLK350 2010-2012 GLK350 4Matic 2009-2010 ML320 BlueTec 4Matic 2009-2011 ML350 2009-2011 ML350 4Matic 2010-2011 ML450 4Matic Hybrid 2009-2011 ML550 4Matic 2009-2011 ML63 AMG 2007-2008 SLK280 2007-2008 SLK350 2007-2008 SLK55 AMG 2011-2014 SLS AMG 2012 SLS AMG Cabriolet 2013-2014 SLS AMG GT 2009-2010 R320 CDI 4Matic 2009-2010 R320 CDI 4Matic 2009-2012 R350 4Matic 2011-2012 R350 BlueTec 4Matic Mitsubishi 2004-2006 Lancer 2004-2006 Lancer Evolution 2004 Lancer Sportback 2006-2009 Mitsubishi Raider Nissan 2001-2003 Nissan Maxima 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra 2002-2004 Nissan Pathfinder Pontiac 2003-2008 Pontiac Vibe Saab 2005 Saab 9-2x 2003-2011 Saab 9-3 2010-2011 Saab 9-5 Saturn 2008-2009 Saturn Astra Subaru 2003-2005 Baja 2004-2005 Impreza 2003-2008 Legacy 2003-2008 Outback Toyota 2003-2008 Corolla 2003-2008 Corolla Matrix 2004-2005 Rav4 2002-2007 Sequoia 2003-2006 Tundra 2002-2010 Lexus SC Volkswagen (VW) 2009-2014 CC 2012-2014 Eos 2010-2014 Golf 2010-2014 Jetta Sportwagen 2006-2010 Passat 2012-2014 Passat

Common Improper Airbag Deployment Injury

Other airbags have been known to deploy when the driver starts the vehicle or simply while they are driving, with no collision. In both cases, severe injuries can occur. When an airbag deploys, the deflation begins immediately after the gas escapes through vent holes in the fabric. The main purpose of an airbag is to be fully inflated before the passenger falls into it during a crash. Otherwise, serious injuries occur. When airbags, which can travel at speeds up to 175- 200 mph, hit occupants prior to full inflation, severe facial injuries result. Airbag defects can include the following:
  • Overly “aggressive” airbags – airbags that deploy too fast and too far into the occupant space cause severe head injuries, brain damage and in the worst scenario, even partial or complete decapitation.
  • Oversized airbags – airbags that are way too large and deploy too far into the occupant space can result in the same injuries as above.
  • Untethered airbags – airbags that break loose from their holdings will often cause injuries to occupants.
  • Low deployment threshold airbags – airbags that deploy in a low-speed crash will most likely cause injuries to occupants they would not have experienced had the air bag not deployed.
  • System malfunctions – they often occur when a defective electrical system or sensors cause an airbag to deploy, either on ignition, or when the car hits a simple pothole. Such system malfunctions can also result in an airbag failing to deploy when supposed to.
  • Failure to deploy.
  • Late deployment – by deploying too late, the airbag fails to protect the occupants.

Let Us Help – Call a Tampa Airbag Injury Lawyer Now

Is your car on the list? Contact us right away. Ligori Law is representing drivers and families who have been injured in a vehicle equipped with Takata air bags. If you have been injured, call (877) 444-2929 for a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Tampa. Contact us now.
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