Takata airbags, $250M available to plaintiffs

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Wednesday marks the opening of the claims process for Takata airbag recalls.

The defective airbags were first recalled four years ago, after they were found to be linked to 21 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

The U.S. Dept. of Justice launched a website today where people can go to make claims or see if their vehicle is still under recall.

$250 million is available for plaintiffs.

Motley Rice Law Firm in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, is representing dozens of victims and their families.

Attorneys have a warning for drivers who might still have one of those airbags.

"If you’ve got a vehicle with a defective airbag, you need to park it,” attorney Kevin Dean said. “Keep children in the back seat, passengers away from defective parts, and limit your driving as best you can."

Dean recommends you start the claims process immediately, as it can take a long time to process.

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