Takata Airbag Claims Lawyer
The Takata airbag claims lawyers at Dixon provide high-end product liability service to St. Louis clients.
There should be no doubt that airbags are a lifesaver. As the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety points out, the government estimates that as of 2015 almost 45,000 lives had been saved by frontal airbags. The Institute estimates that these airbags reduce driver fatalities by 29% and adult front-seat passengers by 30%. Airbags combined with seat belts reduce the risk of death 51%. Plus, airbags are always getting better. That said, there have been airbag problems in the past.
Dixon offers a broad range of legal services. This includes personal injury, workers compensation, product liability, and other claims. Our St. Louis Takata airbag claims lawyers bring quality legal counsel to clients and their families. Please contact us for more info and a free consultation from our airbag claims attorneys.
St. Louis, MO Takata Airbag Claims Attorneys
When you pursue a Takata airbag case in St. Louis, it’s important to secure legal counsel with experience. Dixon Injury Firm’s personal injury and workers comp attorney make sure clients have the resources they need to win a case. Here are a few questions to ask St. Louis Takata airbag claims attorneys:
How much does legal counsel cost clients? This depends on the product liability claim and other factors. We utilize a contingency system, meaning our services are free.
How much could I win? Again, this also depends on the case. Dixon Injury Firm’s St. Louis airbag claims lawyers fight to win clients medical expenses, personal hardship, and other compensation.
What do I do now? The first step is to contact Dixon for more information and consultation from our Takata airbag claims lawyers.
Life Savers Becoming Life Enders
As detailed in Consumer Reports, a Japanese company called Takata manufactured airbags that were installed in vehicles made by at least 19 different automakers during the model years 2002 through 2015. These airbags are inflated by a little metal cartridge loaded with propellant wafers. In many crashes, this inflator cartridge has ruptured and sent metal shards out from the airbag. Many drivers were impaled with shrapnel instead of saved by a relatively-soft airbag, and at least 11 deaths and 180 injuries were blamed on the problem. More than 42 million vehicles were impacted by the resulting recall and Takata has since filed for bankruptcy.
Allegations of Hiding Risks
The New York Times reported that the potential for Takata airbag claims were so alarming to the company that it tried to cover up the problem. When one of its airbags spewed metal debris at a driver in Alabama, the company quietly retrieved 50 airbags from scrapyards and then tested them in a lab. Two of the 50 cracked during the tests, which seemed to signal a high rate of risk and led to engineers beginning the process of designing a fix for a recall.
Takata executives had another plan. They ordered the lab technicians to delete the testing data and dispose of the tested airbags in the trash. It would be several more years before the problem was reported to regulators. In the meantime, Takata would blame problems on manufacturing and quality control problems that were isolated to one factory in Washington state had since been resolved. It appears that Takata’s problems were widespread, though. The company appears to have been sloppy throughout its process as it was under pressure to keep up with demand.
Risks From Ammonium Nitrate
Takata was originally formed in 1933. It began making airbags in 1988 and at one point owned 20% of the world market. In 2001 the company made a fateful decision to switch the main ingredient in its inflators from a chemical called tetrazole to a chemical called ammonium nitrate. The Atlantic reported that this may have been a huge mistake. Ammonium nitrate is cheaper and it can work, but it is also prone to exploding violently when it is supposed to rapidly expand. Part of the problem is that the government does not closely regulate airbags. They are required in new cars, but details like propellant type are not scrutinized by the government. Problems that go undetected may not be revealed for years.
More About Product Liability Attorneys in St. Louis, MO
Christopher R. Dixon and the Dixon Injury Firm focus on Takata airbag claims and other personal and workplace accidents. Recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, Chris understands how difficult these types of cases are for people. To help lower financial stress, Dixon’s trial lawyers make it easier by providing a contingency payment plan. This allows clients to pay fees only if damages are awarded. Dixon Injury Firm’s legal counsel is free until then.
Let Us Evaluate Your Case
Not surprisingly, Takata and the car companies that used its airbags have all be subject to numerous lawsuits. The companies involved have set up a website that can help you understand your rights. It can be a bit complicated to wade into without your own lawyer, though. If you have been injured by a defective airbag, please feel free to contact the Dixon Injury Firm for a free evaluation of your case. We can help you determine if you should receive compensation and what steps you need to take. Our consultations are free and if we take on your case we will not charge you any money out of pocket. We only get paid if we collect funds for you, so there is no risk. Call (314) 409-7080 today.