Takata Corporation, one of the largest automotive supply parts companies in the world, has agreed to plead guilty to a criminal charge of concealing the dangerous hazards of their airbag inflators. According to an indictment, three executives hid the risk of the inflator’s probability of rupturing by falsifying reports as early as 2000. The executives manipulated the test data for profit even though they knew there was a risk that the inflators could rupture and shoot metal projectiles into the drivers and passengers. In the agreement, Takata will pay $1 billion in fines and restitution.
The Takata recall is the largest automotive recall in the history of the U.S. involving 17 automakers and continues to grow. Ford has added more than 816,000 vehicles to the recall, including 2005-2009 and 2012 Mustangs, Ford Fusions, Lincoln Zephyrs, and Lincoln MKZs. The recall also includes 2007-2009 Ford Rangers, Ford Edges, Lincoln MKXs and 2006-2009 Mercury Milans and 2005-2006 Ford GTs.
The recent Ford recall adds to the 42 million vehicles and 69 million inflators recalled in the U.S. Approximately, 100 million inflators have been recalled throughout the world.
More than 180 people have been injured due to the rupturing airbag inflators and at least 16 people have died.
Vehicle owners can check their VIN number to see if their model has been affected. Your VIN is located on your car’s registration card and on the lower left of your car’s windshield.
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Airbags are intended to protect drivers and passengers from additional harm in the event of a crash, not cause more injury, harm, and death. If you are one of the many individuals who have suffered serious injuries due to Takata’s rupturing airbag inflators, Burnetti, P.A. product liability lawyers may be able to help you in your time of need. Call 1-888-BURNETTI for a no obligation free case review to see how we may be able to help you.