Arizona motorists might be affected by the expansion of Takata's airbag recall. Already managing one of the largest airbag recalls in automotive history, the company has found possible faults in an additional 2.7 million vehicles from Ford, Nissan and Mazda. There is the possibility of serious injury or death if the defect is not corrected.
The expanded airbag recall comes as the result of tests conducted by Takata revealing that airbags previously thought safe could degrade over time and result in similar dangers posed by the previously recalled airbags. The tests revealed that ammonium nitrate used to inflate the airbag can deteriorate when exposed to high temperatures and humidity. At first, the company believed that a drying agent called a desiccant would prevent this deterioration, but further tests proved that to be false.
Airbag failure due to a faulty inflator can cause serious injury or death to vehicle occupants. Shrapnel from the explosion is propelled through the airbag and may strike the person behind it. The fragments may also fly about the cabin during a collision, potentially striking other occupants. A total of 17 people have died, and another 180 have been injured already due to the initial set of faulty airbags.
Dangerous products such as these airbags can cause catastrophic harm to their users. Under products liability law, the financial responsibility can be pinned on all parties that were in what the law refers to as the chain of distribution. This could include the manufacturer, the wholesaler or the retailer. People who have been harmed might want to have the assistance of legal counsel in seeking appropriate damages.