It is now well known that Takata executives suppressed information about the deadly air bag defect as far back as a decade ago. That’s a shocking revelation, but not to lawyers in our firm who handle auto product liability cases. Calls for a new criminal inquiry into the Japanese air bag supplier are beginning to be heard. There is much to be done to not only assist victims, but also to get thousands of vehicles with dangerous airbags off the highways.
Since 2013, ten automakers have recalled nearly 8 million vehicles to repair Takata air bag inflators that could shoot metal and plastic shards toward vehicle occupants after a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the automakers involved have been hard at work trying to ascertain the scope of the problem. The NHTSA investigation – opened in 2009, closed in 2010 and reopened this past July as fresh reports of air bag ruptures surfaced – has intensified in recent weeks.
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