Toyota issued another recall on 1.3 million vehicles in the United States due to defects with Takata airbags. These airbags have been recalled several times over the past few years and will likely continue to be recalled in the future. This is in order to ensure that older airbags are not becoming unstable over time.
Auto defects can lead to a car accident, injury, or even fatalities. To prevent these tragedies, it is important to stay informed about vehicle recalls. The Takata airbag recall has affected millions of vehicles from several manufacturers, therefore it is recommended to make sure your car has not already been recalled.
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury from any auto defects, it is crucial to find a Philadelphia products liability lawyer to help you fight for the compensation that you deserve.
Reasons for Toyota’s Recall
Takata airbags are continuing to be recalled due to the ammonium nitrate used in the inflators. This metal can wear down over time, which may compromise the safety of the driver or passengers of the vehicle. Corrosion of the ammonium nitrate in the inflators may lead to an explosion if airbags are deployed. These explosions could cause severe injury or death, due to the ammonium nitrate’s shrapnel being dispersed through the vehicle.
This defect is linked to at least 15 deaths in the United States, and several more worldwide. There have also been hundreds of reported injuries.
Vehicles Being Recalled
The recall affects both Toyota and two of its divisional brands, Lexus and the now defunct Scion.
The vehicles being recalled include:
- 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner SUVs
- 2010-2013 Toyota Corolla sedans
- 2010-2013 Toyota Matrix hatchbacks
- 2011-2014 Toyota Sienna minivans
- 2010-2015 Scion xB hatchbacks
- 2010-2015 Lexus ES 350 sedans
- 2010-2017 Lexus GX 460 SUVs
- 2010-2015 Lexus IS 250C/350C convertibles
- 2010-2013 Lexus IS 250/350 sedans
- 2010-2014 Lexus IS-F sedans
Other Vehicle Manufacturers Affected
This auto defect has impacted multiple vehicle manufacturers, including:
These are only a few of the numerous manufacturers who use Takata airbags in their vehicles. For your safety, it is recommended to research online to see whether your vehicle manufacturer used Takata airbags in any of their models. You can check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website for that purpose.
What to Do After a Recall
If your car is being recalled, there are several steps you can take to ensure your safety:
- Your car manufacturer should send you a letter within 60 days of the announcement of a recall.
- Read the letter to see whether the auto defect makes your car potentially dangerous to drive.
- Instructions in the letter should advise you to contact a dealer to make the necessary repairs (at no cost to you).
- Make an appointment with the car dealer and wait until repairs are finished.
The most important thing to note about vehicle recalls is to stay informed. Reading the entirety of the recall letter will help you gauge how dangerous the auto defect may be for yourself or others on the road.
Philadelphia Products Liability Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Fight for Clients Hurt by Defective Airbags
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured due to an auto defect, please contact us online or call 215-569-8488 for a free consultation. The Philadelphia products liability lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC are proud to represent clients in multiple locations, including Philadelphia, Delaware County, Chester County, and throughout Pennsylvania, as well as New Jersey and Delaware.