Automaker giant Ford Motor Company announced it will no longer use airbags made by Japanese auto safety equipment manufacturer Takata. This news is likely due to the massive recall of millions of vehicles that contained defective and dangerous airbags made by the Japanese company. The metal airbag inflators open too forcefully and would often shoot out shrapnel as a result. At least eight people have died because of the faulty airbags, and hundreds have been injured. In an effort to prevent future problems, Ford stated it would not place Takata airbags in future vehicles.
Why the Defects and Who They Affect
Ammonium nitrate, used in the inflators to activate the airbags, is to blame for the defects. The chemical deteriorates over time, which can lead to the dangerous explosions, particularly when it is exposed to moist air. Texas was one of the states hit hardest by the recent Takata airbag recall because of the region’s high humidity levels.
Ford recalled 1,509,535 vehicles equipped with the airbags, including all 2005-2014 Ford Mustangs and 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles with driver airbags. The recalls expanded to all 2004-2006 Ford Rangers with passenger-side airbag inflators that were built in North America, as well.
Other Automakers Follow Suit
Ford is the fourth automaker to announce that it will no longer use Takata airbags. Honda, Toyota, and Nissan have already stated they would also refrain from installing the airbags in future vehicles. Ford will, however, continue to buy other products made by Takata. Other automakers, such as Fiat Chrysler Automotive and General Motors, declined to state whether they would continue their relationships with Takata moving forward.
Faulty Airbag Accident Victims Have Rights
If you suffered from lacerations, broken or missing teeth, bone fractures, or damaged hearing or eyesight as a result of faulty Takata airbags, you may be entitled to receive compensation. Contact the legal offices of Wayne Wright today by calling 800-237-3334 and find out how we can help to fight for your legal rights.