In the automotive industry, airbags were installed in new vehicles because they are supposed to save lives. Unfortunately, however, because of poorly made airbags by Japanese supplier Takata, several people have either been seriously injured or even lost their lives.
In one such tragic case, shrapnel from the airbag installed in Joel Knight’s Ford Ranger flew and punctured a 1-inch hole Joel Knight’s neck and went on to break his vertebra. The flying bit of metal hit Knight with a force that investigators initially believed may have been a fatal shooting.
The accident happened when Knight hit a cow that had wandered onto a highway in South Carolina. It was not the initial impact that killed Knight, but rather that he bled to death because of the shrapnel from the airbag in his truck had caused him fatal injury rather than save his life.
So far, Takata airbags have been linked to 10 deaths and over 100 serious injuries. This is even after a massive recall that involved 14 automakers a decade ago where bags should have either been repaired or replaced. As in Joel Knight’s case, and in the case of millions of other drivers, the faulty bags were never even recalled.
An estimated 54 million metal “inflaters” manufactured by Takata have been installed in vehicles in the United States. Of those, 24 million that have been recalled, a mere 30 percent have been repaired. An estimated 24 million more vehicles have not been recalled to replace the inflators that contain the explosive compound, ammonium nitrate.
If you believe that you or a loved one has been seriously injured or tragically lost their life due to a malfunctioning airbag, give John Foy a call today. Get the airbag recall lawyer with the “Strong Arm” fighting on your side. Call the law offices of John Foy today at (404) 400-4000 for a free consultation.