A Japanese woman has decided to take legal action against Takata and Nissan after she suffered injuries following a crash in which the airbags deployed with excessive force.
Takata is facing countless lawsuits in the United States over its explosive airbags, which have been killed 11 people there and injured dozens more so far. But this is the first time when the auto supplier and a carmaker are called to appear in front of a Court in Japan. The legal action has been initiated by a passenger of a 2006 Nissan X-Trail SUV who suffered multiple injuries after a collision in October 2015, in which the passenger-side airbag violently erupted, sending sharp objects all over the cabin.
It appears that the car’s owner has responded to the recall action and brought his car to Nissan’s dealer earlier that year, but the defective inflators could not be replaced at that time because of a lack of replacement parts. Right after the incident, the automaker confirmed that the SUV involved in the accident had been included in a recall campaign, but was found not to contain any moisture leaks when the vehicle was brought in for inspection.
Following this lawsuit, an inquiry over the matter has been started. “We are cooperating with the investigation,” Nissan said in a statement, declining to provide further details. In May, the Japanese authorities announced the expansion of Takata-related recalls in the country by an additional 7 million cars.