By: Matthew Tievsky
Takata is a manufacturer of air bag inflators that does business with major
automobile manufacturers, such as Toyota and Nissan. However, on November
3, 2015, a Department of Transportation agency, the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), issued two orders directed
NHTSA discovered that Takata was using an improper chemical propellant
to cause airbags to inflate. The improper chemical caused explosions in
some cases, leading to 7 deaths and over 100 injuries in the United States.
Furthermore, NHTSA discovered that Takata was aware of the defect in its
airbag inflators, but did not recall the products to protect consumers.
As a result of NHTSA’s new orders, Takata will have to pay a $200
million fine. Takata will also have to recall and replace the defective
airbag inflators. The NHTSA orders establish that the agency will oversee
Takata to make sure that the company complies with its new obligations.
There is no excuse for companies to manufacture and sell cars with known
dangerous defects, unbeknownst to drivers. If you know anyone who has
been injured as a result of a defect in an automobile, you should contact
the personal injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel,
P.C. for a free consultation.