The U.S. government has expanded its investigation into airbags manufactured by Takata Corp. after a recent incident involving a collision between a deer and a Volkswagen.
As a result of the collision, a side airbag inflated with excessive force, causing a metal canister to blow apart. This incident, which occurred on June 7, 2015, was the first involving a Volkswagen, a side airbag, as well as newer version of Takata airbags.
This incident has raised questions regarding the safety of the new Takata airbags. Previously, problems were found only with Takata’s older airbag design, and involved only front and passenger airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating whether all airbags that use ammonium nitrate as a propellant should be recalled.
Expanded Takata Airbag Recall Possible
While this incident has been the only one involving a Volkswagen vehicle, it is possible that more vehicle brands could be involved in future recalls.
In May 2015, Takata recalled 33.8 million airbag inflators, making it the biggest U.S. automotive recall to date. Eleven automakers worldwide have recalled approximately 57.5 million automobiles with Takata airbags.
The NHTSA has ordered Takata and Volkswagen to provide more information on the recent crash as well as airbag testing, to determine if the issue affects vehicles beyond those included in previous recalls.
Takata airbag inflator ruptures have led to at least eight deaths and more than 100 injuries. The driver of the Volkswagen involved in this latest Takata airbag incident did not receive medical treatment following the crash, but it is unknown if he was injured by flying shrapnel produced by the airbag inflator.
Takata Airbag Injury Lawyers
If you have suffered an injury caused by a Takata airbag, you may be entitled to recover damages.