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TAKATA Update: GUILTY - More than 69 million air bag inflators recalled

HKQ Law Recall Lawyer Attorney Nicole SantoAttorney Nicole Santo - The recall of Takata air bags led to the biggest automotive recall in U.S. history. More than 69 million air bag inflators were recalled across multiple manufacturers’ vehicles.

Recently, the Japanese auto parts maker has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge and agreed to pay $1 billion for a scheme to conceal a deadly defect in millions of its air bag inflators. Detroit federal Judge George Caram Steeh accepted the guilty plea. U.S. prosecutors still are seeking extradition of three former Takata executives from Japan to face criminal charges. Takata will pay $125 million to victims and their families, a criminal fine of $25 million, and $850 million in restitution to automakers.

The Takata air bags can deploy with too much force, breaking apart the metal inflator and hurling dangerous shrapnel into the vehicle. HKQ Law Personal Injury Lawyer, Attorney Nicole Santo cautions that “even a relatively minor accident can result in a fatality.”

Last October, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed the eleventh U.S. fatality tied to rupture of a Takata air bag inflator. At least five additional people worldwide may have been killed as a result of defective air bags. In addition to the fatalities, an estimated 180 Americans have suffered serious injuries, including lacerations to the face or neck, broken or fractured facial bones, and loss of eyesight.

The government said the inflators must be replaced before they reach a minimum of six years old, when the risk of rupture increases. Unfortunately, as of March 3rd, less than half of the defective inflators have been replaced. Needed replacement parts aren’t yet available and might not be for months. Attorney Santo warned that “The delay is creating the potential for even more tragedies”.

If you suffered a serious injury as a result of a vehicle accident or defective product, call HKQ Law at (800) 760-1529 to discuss your case.

Vehicles involved in the Takata airbag recall

(This list may not include all vehicles affected by defective air bags. To see if your vehicle has been subject to any recalls, visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls )

Acura:

  • 2003 Acura 3.2CL
  • 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
  • 2013-2016 Acura ILX
  • 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid
  • 2003-2006 Acura MDX
  • 2007-2016 Acura RDX
  • 2005-2012 Acura RL
  • 2002-2003, 2009-2014 Acura TL
  • 2009-2014 Acura TSX
  • 2010-2013 Acura ZDX

Audi:

  • 2006-2013 Audi A3
  • 2005-2008 Audi A4 Avant
  • 2006-2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet
  • 2005-2008 Audi A4 Sedan
  • 2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabriolet
  • 2003-2011 Audi A6 Avant
  • 2005-2011 Audi A6 Sedan
  • 2009-2012 Audi Q5
  • 2017 Audi R8
  • 2008 Audi RS 4 Cabriolet
  • 2007-2008 Audi RS 4 Sedan
  • 2005-2008 Audi S4 Avant
  • 2007-2009 Audi S4 Cabriolet
  • 2005-2008 Audi S4 Sedan
  • 2010-2012 Audi S5 Cabriolet
  • 2007-2011 Audi S6 Sedan
  • 2016-2017 Audi TT

BMW:

  • 2008-2013 BMW 128i
  • 2008-2013 BMW 135i
  • 2008-2013 BMW 1 Series M
  • 2000 BMW 323i
  • 2002-2006 BMW 325Ci
  • 2002-2003 BMW 325iT
  • 2001-2011 BMW 325i
  • 2001-2011 BMW 325xi
  • 2002-2003 BMW 325xiT
  • 2006-2012 BMW 325xiT
  • 2000 BMW 328i
  • 2006-2013 BMW 328i
  • 2006-2013 BMW 328xi
  • 2006-2013 BMW 328i xDrive
  • 2001-2011 BMW 330i
  • 2001-2011 BMW 330xi
  • 2002-2006 BMW 330Ci
  • 2006-2013 BMW 335i
  • 2006-2013 BMW 335xi
  • 2006-2013 BMW 335i xDrive
  • 2009-2011 BMW 335d
  • 2007-2013 BMW 335is
  • 2002-2003 BMW 525i
  • 2002-2003 BMW 530i
  • 2002-2003 BMW 540i
  • 2001-2013 BMW M3
  • 2002-2003 BMW M5
  • 2013-2015 BMW X1 sDrive28i
  • 2013-2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i
  • 2013-2015 BMW X1 xDrive35i
  • 2007-2010 BMW X3 xDrive30i
  • 2003 BMW X5 3.0i
  • 2003 BMW X5 4.4i
  • 2007-2013 BMW X5 xDrive30i
  • 2007-2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i
  • 2007-2013 BMW X5 xDrive48i
  • 2007-2013 BMW X5 xDrive50
  • 2007-2013 BMW X5 M
  • 2009-2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d
  • 2008-2014 BMW X6 xDrive35i
  • 2008-2014 BMW X6 xDrive50i
  • 2008-2014 BMW X6 M

Cadillac:

  • 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 2007-2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT

Chevrolet:

  • 2007-2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
  • 2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500
  • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Silverado 3500
  • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Tahoe

Chrysler:

  • 2007-2009 Chrysler Aspen
  • 2005-2015 Chrysler 300
  • 2007-2008 Chrysler Crossfire

Daimler:

  • 2008-2009 Sterling Bullet 4500
  • 2008-2009 Sterling Bullet 5500
  • 2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500
  • 2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter 3500
  • 2007-2017 Freightliner Sprinter 2500
  • 2007-2017 Freightliner Sprinter 3500
  • 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500
  • 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500

Dodge/Ram:

  • 2008-2014 Dodge Challenger
  • 2006-2015 Dodge Charger
  • 2005-2011 Dodge Dakota
  • 2004-2009 Dodge Durango
  • 2005-2008 Dodge Magnum
  • 2003-2009 Dodge Ram 1500
  • 2005-2009 Dodge Ram 2500
  • 2006-2009 Dodge Ram 3500 Pickup
  • 2007-2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Cab Chassis
  • 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 4500
  • 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 5500

Ferrari:

  • 2010-2015 Ferrari 458 Italia
  • 2014-2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale
  • 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A
  • 2012-2015 Ferrari 458 Spider
  • 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 GTB
  • 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 Spider
  • 2009-2014 Ferrari California
  • 2015-2017 Ferrari California T
  • 2013-2017 Ferrari F12
  • 2016-2017 Ferrari F12 tdf
  • 2016 Ferrari F60
  • 2012-2016 Ferrari FF
  • 2017 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso

Fisker:

  • 2012 Fisker Karma

Ford:

  • 2004-2011 Ford Ranger
  • 2005-2006 Ford GT
  • 2005-2014 Ford Mustang
  • 2007-2010 Ford Edge
  • 2006-2012 Ford Fusion

GMC:

  • 2007-2013 GMC Sierra 1500
  • 2007-2014 GMC Sierra 2500
  • 2007-2014 GMC Sierra 3500
  • 2007-2014 GMC Yukon
  • 2007-2014 GMC Yukon XL

Honda:

  • 2001-2012 Honda Accord
  • 2001-2011 Honda Civic
  • 2003-2011 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2001-2011 Honda Civic NGV
  • 2010-2015 Honda Crosstour
  • 2002-2011 Honda CR-V
  • 2011-2015 Honda CR-Z
  • 2003-2011 Honda Element
  • 2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity
  • 2007-2013 Honda Fit
  • 2013-2014 Honda Fit EV
  • 2010-2014 Honda Insight
  • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003-2015 Honda Pilot
  • 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline

Infiniti:

  • 2003-2008 Infiniti FX
  • 2001 Infiniti I30
  • 2002-2004 Infiniti I35
  • 2006-2010 Infiniti M
  • 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4

Jaguar:

  • 2009-2015 Jaguar XF

Jeep:

  • 2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler

Land Rover:

  • 2007-2012 Land Rover Range Rover

Lexus:

  • 2007-2012 Lexus ES350
  • 2010-2017 Lexus GX460
  • 2006-2013 Lexus IS250/350
  • 2010-2015 Lexus IS250C/350C
  • 2008-2014 Lexus IS F
  • 2012 Lexus LFA
  • 2002-2010 Lexus SC430

Lincoln:

  • 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX
  • 2006-2012 Lincoln MKZ/Zephyr

Mazda:

  • 2004-2009 Mazda B-Series
  • 2007-2012 Mazda CX-7
  • 2007-2015 Mazda CX-9
  • 2003-2011 Mazda6
  • 2006-2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed6
  • 2004-2006 Mazda MPV
  • 2004-2011 Mazda RX-8

McLaren:

  • 2016-2017 McLaren 570
  • 2015-2016 McLaren 650S
  • 2016 McLaren 675LT
  • 2012-2014 McLaren MP4-12C
  • 2011-2015 McLaren P1

Mercedes-Benz:

  • 2005-2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • 2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • 2011-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabrio
  • 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
  • 2009-2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
  • 2010-2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
  • 2009-2010 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class
  • 2009-2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
  • 2007-2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
  • 2011-2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class

Mercury:

  • 2006-2011 Mercury Milan

Mitsubishi:

  • 2012-2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  • 2004-2007 Mitsubishi Lancer
  • 2004-2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
  • 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
  • 2006-2009 Mitsubishi Raider

Nissan:

  • 2001-2003 Nissan Maxima
  • 2002-2004 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra
  • 2007-2012 Nissan Versa

Pontiac:

  • 2003-2010 Pontiac Vibe

Saab:

  • 2005-2006 Saab 9-2x
  • 2006-2011 Saab 9-3
  • 2006-2009 Saab 9-5

Saturn:

  • 2008-2009 Saturn Astra

Scion:

  • 2008-2015 xB

Subaru:

  • 2003-2006 Subaru Baja
  • 2009-2013 Subaru Forester
  • 2004-2011 Subaru Impreza
  • 2003-2014 Subaru Legacy
  • 2003-2014 Subaru Outback
  • 2006-2014 Subaru Tribeca
  • 2012-2014 Subaru WRX/STI

Tesla:

  • 2012-2016 Tesla Model S

Toyota:

  • 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner
  • 2003-2013 Toyota Corolla
  • 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Matrix
  • 2009-2013 Toyota Matrix
  • 2004-2005 Toyota Rav4
  • 2002-2006 Toyota Sequoia
  • 2011-2014 Toyota Sienna
  • 2003-2006 Toyota Tundra
  • 2006-2011 Toyota Yaris (Hatch Back)
  • 2007-2012 Toyota Yaris (Sedan)

Volkswagen:

  • 2009-2017 Volkswagen CC
  • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Eos
  • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Golf
  • 2013 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2009-2013 Volkswagen GTI
  • 2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat
  • 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
  • 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Wagon

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, PC is led by Attorney Joseph Quinn, one of the Top 100 trial lawyers in the nation. Seventeen lawyers strong, HKQ Law represents Personal Injury, Business Law and Personal Law clients in Lackawanna, Luzerne and surrounding northeastern PA counties for more than half a century. HKQ Law has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history, totaling over a half billion dollars on behalf of injured clients, and was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania, 2015.

The attorneys at HKQ Law have been honored as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms by US News and World Reports, and have received the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel. Additional information can be found at www.HKQLaw.com or by calling (800) 760-1529.

				

 

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