SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hagens Berman, a national class-action law firm, is investigating Japanese parts supplier Takata for a recent rash of recalls, which, according to recent reports, stem from faulty shrapnel-shooting airbag inflators installed in millions of vehicles in the United States, linked to injuries and fatalities.
Concerned consumers who have owned a vehicle listed below can contact the firm by emailing Takata@hbsslaw.com or by calling 206-623-7292.
- Acura: 2002–2003 CL and TL; 2003–2006 MDX; 2005 RL
- BMW: 2000–2005 3-series sedan and wagon; 2000–2006 3-series coupe and convertible; 2001–2006 M3 coupe and convertible
- Chrysler: 2005–2008 Chrysler 300; 2007–2008 Aspen
- Dodge/Ram: 2003–2008 Dodge Ram 1500; 2005–2008 Ram 2500, Dakota, and Durango; 2006–2008 Ram 3500 and 4500; 2008 Ram 5500
- Ford: 2004 Ranger; 2005–2006 GT; 2005–2007 Mustang
- Honda: 2001–2007 Accord; 2001–2005 Civic; 2002–2006 CR-V; 2002–2004 Odyssey; 2003–2011 Element; 2003–2007 Pilot; 2006 Ridgeline
- Infiniti: 2001–2004 Infiniti I30/I35; 2002–2003 Infiniti QX4; 2003–2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45
- Lexus: 2002–2005 SC430
- Mazda: 2003–2007 Mazda 6; 2006–2007 Mazdaspeed 6; 2004–2008 Mazda RX-8; 2004–2005 MPV; 2004 B-series
- Mitsubishi: 2004–2005 Lancer; 2006–2007 Raider
- Nissan: 2001–2003 Maxima; 2001–2004 Pathfinder; 2002–2004 Nissan Sentra
- Pontiac: 2003–2005 Vibe
- Saab: 2005 9-2X
- Subaru: 2003–2005 Baja, Legacy, Outback; 2004–2005 Impreza, Impreza WRX, Impreza WRX STI
- Toyota: 2002–2005 Toyota Corolla and Sequoia; 2003–2005 Matrix, Tundra
More information about the investigation can be found at http://www.hbsslaw.com/cases-and-investigations/cases/takata.
“We believe Takata should take full responsibility for this immediate danger that has been posed to millions of drivers in America,” said Steve Berman, managing partner at Hagens Berman leading the investigation. “The last thing any consumer should have to worry about is whether the very device manufactured to save their lives in a crash will actually prove fatal.”
Hagens Berman’s Steve Berman was recently named co-lead counsel in the high-profile class-action lawsuit against General Motors, covering claims over faulty ignition switches and loss of vehicle value. The firm also secured a $1.6 billion settlement litigation against Toyota Motor Corp for owners of vehicles affected by faulty unintended acceleration.
According to a September New York Times report, there had been at least 139 reported injuries across all automakers, including at least two deaths and 30 injuries in Honda vehicles. The Times reported that Honda and Takata allegedly knew about the faulty inflators in 2004 but failed to notify NHTSA in previous recall filings of related dangers.
According to recent news, potentially 7 million U.S. vehicles are affected.
Related recalls have increased since April of 2014, and in July, NHTSA forced additional regional recalls in high-humidity areas including Florida, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Another major recall issued on October 20 expanded the affected vehicles across several brands, according to recent reports.
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is a consumer-rights class-action law firm with offices nine cities. The firm has been named to the National Law Journal’s Plaintiffs’ Hot List seven times. More about the law firm and its successes can be found at www.hbsslaw.com. The firm’s class-action law blog is located at www.classactionlawtoday.com.