Deployed air bags from car accident

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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.