After thirty-five years of handling car and truck accidents I can categorically state that no Takata air bag cases have come my way. I have investigated over 2,000 accidents for clients and never once came across anything suspicious that made me think the airbag had exploding sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Not to say they haven’t occurred or that we would not take on such a case against Takata, we would, but so far no case has ever been presented. I suspect the people who would know about Takata exploding canisters in Iowa accidents would be the auto body shop workers and those in junk yards. [Can we still call them junk yards? Or is there some other more politically correct name I’m supposed to use?]
I did a search of the Iowa Secretary of State’s website for Takata being registered to do business and found nothing. A search of the Iowa Attorney General’s website again brought no results. There is information at the NHTSA website. Plenty of news there. You can check out your vehicles online, but you need your VIN. I’d suggest you use your cell phone’s camera to take an image of the VIN that you will likely find on the dashboard by looking through the windshield, probably in front of the driver’s side. Check if your car is subject to a recall using the VIN.
Automakers recall 12 million U.S. vehicles over Takata air bags
Reuters: Eight automakers said today that they are recalling more than 12 million U.S. vehicles for defective Takata air bags, expanding the largest-ever auto safety push, documents posted by U.S. regulators showed. Honda Motor Co. is recalling 4.5 million U.S. vehicles while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is recalling 4.3 million, according to the documents.
For more information contact this law firm and check out, U.S. Department of Transportation expands and accelerates Takata air bag inflator recall to protect American drivers and passengers. [Watch a video of the announcement on NHTSA's SaferCarTV channel (conference starts at 10:13 mark)]
Contacting the Iowa Attorney General’s consumer protection division is easy. Here is the contact information.
Email: [email protected]
888-777-4590 (outside of the Des Moines metro area)
Mail: Office of the Attorney General of Iowa
Consumer Protection Division
Hoover State Office Building
1305 E. Walnut Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0106
I'll have more on this in the coming days.