In the past week, two more deaths attributed to faulty Takata airbags have been confirmed and two more automakers have added millions of vehicles to their recall list.
On June 20, 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirmed that a faulty Takata airbag inflator resulted in the death of a driver behind the wheel of a rental car in California last September.
It was around this same time that Toyota announced the recall of 1.4 million vehicles while Honda is recalling approximately 1.3 million more vehicles.
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Eighth Death Confirmed
According to the NHTSA, the Honda Civic rented out last September by a female driver in California had not been repaired. The Civic was involved in a crash, which sent airbag shrapnel flying through the car, and caused a fatal neck laceration.
The vehicle had been recalled in 2009, but Sunset Car Rental of San Diego, had not bothered to get the vehicle repaired. As a result of a loophole, one that Congress is working to close, rental companies do not legally have to get repairs on recalled vehicles completed and are not required to tell consumers that the vehicle has been recalled, but not repaired.
2.7 Million More Vehicles Recalled
Toyota intends to recall 2003-2007 Corolla and Corolla Matrix models; 2005-2006 Tundra pickups; 2005-2007 Sequoia models; and 2003-2007 SC430 vehicles.
Honda, the automaker that has had to recall the most vehicles, has opted to recall more 2001-2005 Honda Civic models and 2003-2007 Honda Accord models.
How a Takata Airbag Injury Attorney Can Help
Despite the many apologies from Takata, Honda, and various other auto manufacturers, the families of these victims deserve justice. The experienced defective product attorneys at Schmidt Kramer are ready to help those who have been injured by a defective Takata airbag, as well as anyone who has lost a loved one as a result of this company’s negligence.