Japanese auto supplier, Takata, has recently announced that an additional 5.1 million vehicles may be affected by the faulty air bags as the company disclosed the 11th death linked to their product.
The company, along with U.S. safety regulators, made the announcement on Tuesday after this most recent fatality involving a 2007 Honda Civic in India. So far, Ford Motor Company is the first automaker to announce a recall of all affected vehicles. In 2006 a Ford Ranger was involved in a crash that killed the driver because of shrapnel that flew from the faulty Takata airbag.
Previous recalls involving Takata airbags affect older vehicles, however, the latest batch of recalls involve at least one car manufactured in 2014 and the company said that more recalls could be made at a later date.
By some estimates, more than 54 million vehicles worldwide could be affected by a recall of the potentially faulty airbags manufactured by Takata.
Because of how Takata airbags were manufactured, there have been a number of injuries and even deaths due to the bags exploding, sending shrapnel into the drivers that were meant to be protected by the devices.
Have you or a loved one been injured or been tragically killed in an accident involving a potentially fatal airbag manufactured by Takata? We are deeply sorry for your loss and we want to help. You and your family could be entitled to compensation for any injuries or even wrongful death. Contact the Takata Airbag Recall Attorney in Atlanta, John Foy. Call us at (404) 400-4000 to schedule a free consultation today.