The airbag supplier behind the auto industry’s largest recall ever, Takata Corporation, has been found to have manipulated and misrepresented airbag inflator reports to carmakers. Engineers working for the corporation purposely removed a series of test results in order to artificially reduce the variability in their airbag inflator performance.
Brian O’Neill, a former president of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, said during a phone interview, “We have found examples of what I would call ‘selective editing,’ where they have left out results … we found evidence that the report that went to Honda was a shorter version of the original version, and it was a prettier shortened version.” The results of the audit will play a big role in the deciding factor of whether additional Takata airbag inflators should be recalled.
While the company has said no new Honda or Acura models under development will be equipped with their inflators, the ones that were placed in car models from year 2002 -2015 were known to explode in areas of high temperature, injuring and even killing car occupants.
A woman in Florida, who is now a quadriplegic and ventilator-dependent, is just one example of how Takata’s manipulation caused a fatal injury. To date, there have been 10 deaths and more than 100 injuries due to this problem in the U.S., with over 100 million vehicles worldwide needing to be replaced. Consumers impacted by the recalls should have their vehicles serviced promptly once they receive notification from their vehicle manufacturer (NHTSA).
The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker is investigating claims of faulty products for dangerous manufacturing flaws, including the recall of Takata airbag inflators. Our offices reported the concealed risks involving the faulty airbag inflators in 2014, since then the recall has tripled in size.
If you or a loved one has been injured by an airbag, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker today. Our team of product liability trial lawyers is currently investigating potential litigation against the manufacturers of faulty airbags. To schedule a confidential and free consultation with no obligation, contact us via email using our case submission form or by phone at (800) 333-0000.
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