The faulty air bags that Takata Corp., a Japanese auto-parts supplier, provided to major car manufacturers have been even more dangerous than previously thought. In new documents submitted to the Senate Commerce Committee, the company confirms that the air bags have six deaths and 105 injuries to drivers and passengers.
According to a report from Bloomberg Business, Florida Senator Bill Nelson of the Senate Commerce Committee confirmed the new numbers in a speech in the Senate last week. The latest statistics from Takata Corp. confirm one more death than previously thought—and dramatically higher instances of injury. Before Senator’s Nelson speech, it was thought that the air bags had only been the cause of 64 injuries.
Many of the injuries, the Senator confirmed, are serious and include blindness and quadriplegia. “We need to get the cars that haven’t been fixed off the road, and they need to be fixed as soon as possible,” Nelson stated in the speech.
ONGOING POTENTIAL FOR FURTHER INJURIES
As Bloomberg Business reports, Federal regulators are trying to quickly investigate and identify the air bags, which have been shown to deploy with such force that they launch shrapnel into the cabin of the vehicle. Automakers are also trying to prevent further injury: major brands like Nissan, Honda, and Toyota have recalled 17 million vehicles with the air bags installed.
If you believe you or a loved one were harmed due to the irresponsibly of Takata Corp. or another auto manufacturer, then we invite you to get in touch with us today. Our experienced Nebraska product liability lawyers are well-versed in the responsibilities these companies have to consumers and, when those responsibilities are violated, how to aggressively pursue the compensation the victims’ deserve.
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