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Are You Driving a Car With Dangerous Airbags?

The airbags in your car may not be safe, and we want you to double-check. An airbag manufacturer that once occupied 20% of the world’s airbag market recently became subject to “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history.” We want you to determine whether the driver and passenger airbags in your car are subject to the recall:

  1. Check for recalls with your vehicle identification number (“VIN”) here.
  2. Call your local dealer to get a fix.

Overview

Roughly 37 million vehicles equipped with 50 million defective Takata airbags are under recall. Prolonged exposure to high heat and humidity can cause the Takata airbags to explode when deployed. To-date, 24 deaths and 300 injuries have been linked to defective airbags. The cooler Northeast climate of Connecticut does not mean we are off the hook. Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts drivers have also been deemed at-risk.

A Small Accident Can Be Fatal

Takata airbags were installed across numerous car models manufactured between 2002 and 2015. The source of the problem is the airbag’s inflator. The inflator is a metal cartridge filled with propellant wafers, which in some cases have ignited with deadly force—injuring or even killing vehicle occupants. The propellant used is ammonium nitrate, which degrades when exposed to heat and moisture. Ignition of the airbag inflator, in conjunction with the degraded ammonium nitrate, can cause an explosion. Where the inflator casing ruptures, metal shards from the housing can be peppered throughout the cabin. This means minor accidents can lead to severe or fatal injuries if the airbags deploy.

Brands and Models Impacted

On February 21, 2018, the Bankruptcy Court of Delaware confirmed Takata Corporation’s plan of reorganization, which plan created a $125 million fund to compensate individuals who suffered personal injury or wrongful death because of the rupture or aggressive deployment of Takata’s defective airbags. The defect has impacted the following brands:

Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Freightliner, Ford, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, McLaren, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Saab, Saturn, Scion, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, and Volkswagen.

For a more comprehensive list of affected models, see New York Daily News’ January 19, 2018 article, entitled “Takata Airbag Recall: A list of cars” or review a list of models compiled below in Appendix A.

Carter Mario Law Firm is Here to Help

Carter Mario Law Firm is looking at all personal injury and wrongful death claims related to defective Takata airbags. If you have been injured in a car accident resulting from the rupture or aggressive deployment of Takata’s defective airbags, then you may qualify pursuant to the claim fund criteria of the Takata bankruptcy fund or to other funds established by automobile manufacturers. Contact us 24/7 for a free case review now.

Appendix A: Models affected by Takata Air-bag Recall

2003 Acura 3.2CL2010-2015 Honda Crosstour
2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL2002-2011 Honda CR-V
2013-2016 Acura ILX2011-2015 Honda CR-Z
2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid2003-2011 Honda Element
2003-2006 Acura MDX2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity
2007-2016 Acura RDX2007-2013 Honda Fit
2005-2012 Acura RL2013-2014 Honda Fit EV
2009-2014 Acura TL2010-2014 Honda Insight
2009-2014 Acura TSX2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
2010-2013 Acura ZDX2003-2015 Honda Pilot
2006-2013 Audi A32006-2014 Honda Ridgeline
2005-2008 Audi A4 Avant2003-2008 Infiniti FX
2006-2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet2001 Infiniti I30
2005-2008 Audi A4 Sedan2002-2004 Infiniti I35
2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabriolet2006-2010 Infiniti M
2003-2011 Audi A6 Avant2002-2003 Infiniti QX4
2005-2011 Audi A6 Sedan2015 jaguar XF
2009-2012 Audi Q52009-2015 Jaguar XF
2017 Audi R82007-2016 Jeep Wrangler
2008 Audi RS 4 Cabriolet2007-2012 Land Rover Range Rover
2007-2008 Audi RS 4 Sedan2007-2012 Lexus ES350
2005-2008 Audi S4 Avant2010-2017 Lexus GX460
2007-2009 Audi S4 Cabriolet2006-2013 Lexus IS250/350
2005-2008 Audi S4 Sedan2010-2015 Lexus IS250C/350C
2010-2012 Audi S5 Cabriolet2008-2014 Lexus IS F
2007-2011 Audi S6 Sedan2012 Lexus LFA
2016-2017 Audi TT2002-2010 Lexus SC430
2008-2013 BMW 1 Series2007-2010 Lincoln MKX
2000-2013 BMW 3 Series2006-2012 Lincoln MKZ/Zephyr
2002-2003 BMW 5 Series2004-2009 Mazda B-Series
2011-2015 BMW X12007-2012 Mazda CX-7
2007-2010 BMW X32007-2015 Mazda CX-9
2003-2013 BMW X52003-2011 Mazda6
2008-2014 BMW X62006-2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed6
2010-2011 BMW X6 Hybrid2004-2006 Mazda MPV
2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade2004-2011 Mazda RX-8
2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade ESV2016-2017 McLaren 570
2007-2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT2015-2016 McLaren 650S
2007-2013 Chevrolet Avalanche2016 McLaren 675LT
2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado 15002012-2014 McLaren MP4-12C
2007-2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD2011-2015 McLaren P1
2007-2014 Chevrolet Suburban2005-2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2007-2014 Chevrolet Tahoe2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2007-2009 Chrysler Aspen2011-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabrio
2005-2015 Chrysler 3002010-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
2007-2008 Chrysler Crossfire2009-2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2008-2009 Sterling Bullet2010-2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter2009-2010 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class
2007-2017 Freightliner Sprinter 25002009-2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter2007-2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
2008-2014 Dodge Challenger2011-2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class
2006-2015 Dodge Charger2006-2011 Mercury Milan
2005-2011 Dodge Dakota2012-2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
2004-2009 Dodge Durango2004-2007 Mitsubishi Lancer
2005-2008 Dodge Magnum2004-2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
2003-2009 Dodge Ram 15002004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
2005-2009 Dodge Ram 25002006-2009 Mitsubishi Raider
2006-2009 Dodge Ram 3500 Pickup2001-2003 Nissan Maxima
2007-2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Cab Chassis2002-2004 Nissan Pathfinder
2008-2010 Dodge Ram 45002002-2006 Nissan Sentra
2008-2010 Dodge Ram 55002007-2012 Nissan Versa
2016 Ferrari 488 Spider2003-2010 Pontiac Vibe
2010-2015 Ferrari 458 Italia2005-2006 Saab 9-2x
2014-2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale2006-2011 Saab 9-3
2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A2006-2009 Saab 9-5
2012-2015 Ferrari 458 Spider2008-2009 Saturn Astra
2016-2017 Ferrari 488 GTB2008-2015 Scion xB
2016-2017 Ferrari 488 Spider2003-2006 Subaru Baja
2009-2014 Ferrari California2009-2013 Subaru Forester
2015-2017 Ferrari California T2004-2011 Subaru Impreza
2013-2017 Ferrari F122003-2014 Subaru Legacy
2016-2017 Ferrari F12 tdf2003-2014 Subaru Outback
2016 Ferrari F602006-2014 Subaru Tribeca
2012-2016 Ferrari FF2012-2014 Subaru WRX/STI
2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso2012-2016 Tesla Model S
2012 Fisker Karma2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner
2004-2011 Ford Ranger2003-2013 Toyota Corolla
2005-2006 Ford GT2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Matrix
2005-2014 Ford Mustang2009-2013 Toyota Matrix
2007-2010 Ford Edge2004-2005 Toyota Rav4
2006-2012 Ford Fusion2002-2006 Toyota Sequoia
2009-2010 Ford Mustang2011-2014 Toyota Sienna
2013 Ford Mustang2003-2006 Toyota Tundra
2009-2010 Ford Fusion2006-2011 Toyota Yaris (Hatch Back)
2009-2010 Ford Ranger2007-2012 Toyota Yaris (Sedan)
2009-2010 Ford Edge2009-2017 Volkswagen CC
2007-2013 GMC Sierra 15002010-2014 Volkswagen Eos
2007-2014 GMC Sierra HD2010-2014 Volkswagen Golf
2007-2014 GMC Yukon2013 Volkswagen Golf R
2007-2014 GMC Yukon XL2009-2013 Volkswagen GTI
2001-2012 Honda Accord2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat
2001-2011 Honda Civic2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
2003-2011 Honda Civic Hybrid2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Wagon
2001-2011 Honda Civic NGV*****List obtained from N.Y. Daily News
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