The Takata Airbag Recall: Plans for Safety in a Car Accident Might Explode in Your Face

If you own a vehicle with a Takata airbag, you could be putting your life in the wrong hands. Imagine the shock of an auto collision; the impact of steel and fiberglass at 25 miles per hour.

Now, imagine that your accident was a minor fender bender. The most trusted safety feature, the airbag, deployed. And when it deployed, it exploded . Shrapnel from the sudden failure blew into your face and body.

This hypothetical story was reality for at least 184 victims in the U.S. That doesn’t count many more throughout the world.

Fourteen of the 184 plus injured people were killed by similar explosions.

The Problem With Takata Airbags

Takata knew about the danger of their product since 2015. Airbag deployment test data showed that there was a likelihood of failure.

The culprit for the airbag bombs turned out to be the airbag inflators. A propellant inside the units became unstable over time, especially in certain conditions. The canister holding the propellant would become over-pressurized during inflation of the airbag. The excess pressure acted like an explosive inside a grenade. Pieces of the canister become projectiles, hitting the driver.

One case involved the death of a 17-year-old girl. Huma Hanif was involved in a minor crash. She should have had little to no injuries. Instead, a piece of the canister’s metal shell hit her in the neck and she bled to death at the scene.

Takata Engineers Knew About the Problem But Didn’t Fix It

The problem started in Takata’s Japan-based engineering facility. Testing on the inflators revealed up to a 50% rupture rate of the canisters. This means that almost half of 70 million vehicles on the road were equiped with potentially fatal airbags. They were literally ticking time bombs.

Engineers at Takata wanted to keep the negative results from making it to the public. So, since at least the year 2000, they began manipulating their data to look more favorable.

In January of 2016, an article in the New York times revealed a long-standing deception by Takata. Emails between Japanese and U.S. Takata engineers revealed manipulated airbag testing results.

According to the article, Takata engineer Bob Schubert, admitted to changing graphics to show better results. This practice had been taking place for 16 or more years company wide. It was so widespread that Schubert referred to it as, “the way we do business in Japan.”

Changes were made to test data before being sent to customers. This included Honda, GMC, Ford, and many more companies. As a result, the companies had no knowledge of the issue until the defect harmed accident victims.

A Victim Represented in North Charleston, SC was Awarded $450,000

A victim of the Takata airbag defect was seriously injured when the inflator in his vehicle ruptured. An 18-year-old driver of a 2001 Honda CP compact rear-ended another vehicle. It should have been a minor accident, but when the Honda’s Takata airbag deployed, the propellant canister exploded.

Aluminum shrapnel cut through the fabric of the airbag and then through the boy’s face and neck. One large projectile struck him in the throat. It damaged his voice box and nearly cut his carotid artery open. Had it been a millimeter to the right, the injury could have been fatal.

The young man sat for more than 45 minutes on the curb waiting for emergency crews, the shard of Takata’s canister still in place. When EMS arrived on scene, they were unable to remove the metal lodged in the young man’s throat.

Finally, the emergency room staff had to perform surgery to free the life-threatening shrapnel. For this victim, the negligence and deliberate manipulation of safety test results by Takata became a horror story in real life.

As a North Charleston accident injury attorney, Frank Hartman was able to win a $450,000 compensation settlement. This helps to cover the financial costs of the incident. However, nothing will erase the painful memories of a young man who narrowly escaped death.

What Vehicle Makes, Models, and Years are Affected by the Takata Airbag Recall?

When more than 70 million cars have a potentially fatal flaw, fixing the issue takes a long time. Auto companies didn’t have enough parts to take in so many vehicles at once.

The estimated timeline for recalling and repairing all affected autos was 52% in 2016. Honda predicted that the rate would decline every year after that. That would come out to about 30% of the remaining vehicles repaired a decade out.

The makes and models of cars equipped with the defective inflater are as follows:


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


2009-2014 Acura TL

2009-2014 Acura TSX

2010-2013 Acura ZDX

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


Note: With more than 40 models affected between 2000 and 2015, BMW is one of the most recalled brands impacted by the Takata airbag scandal. (BMW)

2000-2013 BMW 3 Series

2002-2003 BMW 5 Series

2011-2015 BMW X1

2007-2010 BMW X3

2003-2013 BMW X5

2008-2014 BMW X6

2010-2011 BMW X6 Hybrid


Note: The EXT is one of three Escalade styles made between 2007 and 2011 that has since been recalled by Cadillac. (JIM


2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade

2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade ESV

2007-2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT2008-2013 BMW 1 Series


Note: The 2007 and 2008 Silverado 2500 and 3500 are the only Chevrolet models affected by the recall. (GM/WIECK)

2007-2013 Chevrolet Avalanche

2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2007-2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD

2007-2014 Chevrolet Suburban

2007-2014 Chevrolet Tahoe Chrysler


Note: The 2005 to 2010 model year Chrysler 300s and 300 Cs are subject to the Takata airbag recall. (2005 CHRYSLER 300)

2007-2009 Chrysler Aspen

2005-2015 Chrysler 300

2007-2008 Chrysler Crossfire

2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter

2007-2017 Freightliner Sprinter 2500

2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Note: The 2010 to 2014 model year Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans are subject to the Takata airbag recall, along with several other Daimler models. (DAIMLER AG)

2008-2009 Sterling Bullet


Note: Takata airbags in Dodge Chargers released between 2006 and 2010 have been recalled. (KYLE CAMPBELL)

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


Note: The 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider is one of several recent Ferrari models recalled for having potentially-defective Takata airbags. (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 GTC4Lusso


The 2012 Karma is the only Fisker vehicle recalled for the defective air bag inflators. (BRUCE BENEDICT 2011)

2012 Fisker Karma


Note: The several models of the Ford Ranger, Mustang and GT have been impacted by the Takata airbag recall. (FORD)

2004-2011 Ford Ranger

2005-2006 Ford GT

2005-2014 Ford Mustang

2007-2010 Ford Edge

2006-2012 Ford Fusion

2009-2010 Ford Mustang

2013 Ford Mustang

2009-2010 Ford Fusion

2009-2010 Ford Ranger

2009-2010 Ford Edge


Note: The 2007-2008 GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 trucks were impacted by the Takata airbag recall. (GM/WIECK)

2007-2013 GMC Sierra 1500

2007-2014 GMC Sierra HD

2007-2014 GMC Yukon

2007-2014 GMC Yukon XL


Note: Honda CR-Z from model years 2011 through 2015 are a part of the Takata recall. (HONDA/WIECK)

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


Note: The 2006 Infiniti M35 and M45 were outfitted with possibly-defective Takata airbags. (INFINITI)

2003-2008 Infiniti FX

2001 Infiniti I30

2002-2004 Infiniti I35

2006-2010 Infiniti M

2002-2003 Infiniti QX4


Note: Jaguar XF sedans from the 2009 through 2015 model years are being recalled. (JAGUAR LAND ROVER)

2009-2015 Jaguar XF


Note: The 2016 Jeep Wrangler is among the models being recalled by the historic truck brand. (JOANNA TAVARES)

2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler

Land Rover

Note: Land Rover Range Rover SUVs from the 2007 through 2012 model years have been recalled because of the deadly air bag inflators. (JAGUAR LAND ROVER)

2007-2012 Land Rover Range Rover


Note: The 2006 through 2011 models of the Lexus IS was recalled in May 2016. (TOYOTA)

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


Note: The 2006 through 2011 Lincoln MKZ was recalled at the beginning of June 2016. (IFCAR)

2007-2010 Lincoln MKX

2006-2012 Lincoln MKZ/Zephyr


Note: The 2003 through 2008 models of the Mazda6 were subject to the Takata airbag recall. (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


Not: The 650S is one of several McLaren models out????tted with Takata air bags. (MCLAREN)

2016-2017 McLaren 570

2015-2016 McLaren 650S

2016 McLaren 675LT

2012-2014 McLaren MP4-12C

2011-2015 McLaren P1


Note: Mercedes-Benz had 36 models affected by the Takata airbag recall, including the SLS AMG. (DAIMLER AG – GLOBAL


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


Note: Mercury is now defunct, but any Milans released between 2006 and 2011 that were still on the road were recalled in June 2016. (IFCAR)

2006-2011 Mercury Milan


Note: The Raider is one of four Mitsubishi lines impacted by the Takata airbag recall. (MITSUBISHI)

2012-2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

2004-2007 Mitsubishi Lancer

2004-2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

2006-2009 Mitsubishi Raider


Note: The 2002 through 2006 Nissan Sentra, as well as 2001 through 2003 Maxima and 2002 through 2004 Pathfinder

were all impacted by the Takata airbag recall. (NISSAN)

2001-2003 Nissan Maxima

2002-2004 Nissan Pathfinder

2002-2006 Nissan Sentra

2007-2012 Nissan Versa


Note: The Vibe was the only Pontiac model impacted by the Takata airbag recall. (PONTIAC)

2003-2010 Pontiac Vibe


Note: The Saab 9-2x, 9-3 and 9-5 were all impacted by the Takata airbag recall. (SAAB)

2005-2006 Saab 9-2x

2006-2011 Saab 9-3

2006-2009 Saab 9-5


Note: The 2008 and 2009 Astras were the only Saturn models impacted by the Takata airbag recall. (SATURN)

2008-2009 Saturn Astra


Note: The Scion xB was recalled in May 2016. (TOYOTA)

2008-2015 Scion xB


Note: The 2003 through 2008 Outbacks were among the Subaru models impacted by the Takata airbag recall. (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’s 2012-2016 Model S electric vehicles have several advanced safety features, but the Takata air bags inside them might be the biggest threat of all to occupants. (TESLA)

2012-2016 Tesla Model S


Note: About 160,000 Toyota RAV4 SUVs from the 2004 and 2005 model years were included in a recent Takata airbagrelated

recall. (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 (VW)

Note: Volkswagen Passats released between 2006 and 2010 and between 2012 and 2014 are being recalled for airbag inflator replacement.

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

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Who Can Advise You About Your Next Steps

If you were injured due to a Takata airbag failure, you are entitled to compensation. Finding the right lawyer immediately is critical to ensuring that your case is handled fairly.

I represented an injury victim of a Takata airbag explosion and won them $450,000 in settlement compensation. That’s the representation that I offer, and I always fight for my clients.

If you or a loved one was injured by an airbag, you need to find legal representation right away. The Hartman Law Firm, LLC provides legal assistance for those who have suffered from these injuries. Their legal expertise rivals the best around.

Frank Hartman will fight for fair and reasonable compensation for your injuries.

To get started, call Frank 24/7 at (843) 300-7600. Or, you can contact him online, or email him at The sooner you get Frank on your case, the sooner you’ll get your settlement and start on the road to recovery.

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