Takata, multiple auto manufacturers and the NHTSA have announced a major recall of millions of vehicles installed with passenger, driver and side airbags product by the Japanese auto parts manufacturer. According to numerous investigations the airbags can over heat and deteriorate resulting in the release mechanism malfunction and exploding sharp metal projectiles into the passenger compartment of the vehicle.

Victims’ Rights and Statute of Limitations

Individual who have suffered injuries and relatives of loved one who have died due to defective products are entitled to compensation for all damages incurred. However, claims against at fault parties must be filed within a certain time line delineated by the law. The statute of limitations for product defect claims differ in every jurisdiction in the United States. For example individuals in California have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a claim while Florida places a 4 year limitation to file a lawsuit from the date of the incident.

What if the Statute of Limitations Has Run – Tolling of a Statute

In certain instances courts have granted a tollign of the statute thus bypassing the mandatory deadline for filing a personal injury claim. Specific instances where courts can grant a tolling of a statute include the following…

  1. Mental incapacitation of the injured party.
  2. Physical incapacitation of the injured party.
  3. The injured party did not know his or her injuries were the result of the defect.
  4. The injuries of the victim did not manifest until a later time.

Statute of Limitations for Takata Airbag and Honda Airbag Explosion Lawsuits

Alabama

Alabama Statute of Limitations Ala. Code § 6-2-2 et seq.

Product liability Case: 2 Years

Alaska

Alaska Statute of Limitations Alaska Stat. § 09.10.010 et seq.

Product liability Case: 2 Years

Arizona

Arizona Statute of Limitations Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 12-541 et seq.

Product liability Case: 2 Years

Arkansas

Arkansas Statute of Limitations Ark. Code Ann. § 16-56-101 et seq.

Product liability Case: 3 Years

California

California Statute of Limitations Cal. Civ. Proc. Code § 312 et seq.

Product liability Case: 2 Years

Colorado

Colorado Statute of Limitations can be found at Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-80-102 et seq.

Product liability Case: 2 Years

Connecticut

Connecticut Statute of Limitations Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 52-575 et seq.

Product liability Case: 2 Years

Washington D.C.

District of Columbia Statute of Limitations D.C. Code § 12-301 et seq.
Product liability 3 Years

Florida

Florida Statute of Limitations Fla. Stat. Ann. § 95.011 et seq.
Product liability 4 Years

Georgia

Georgia Statute of Limitations Ga. Code Ann. § 9-3-20 et seq.

Product liability Case: 2 Years

Hawaii

Hawaii Statute of Limitations Haw. Rev. Stat. § 657-1 et seq.
Product liability 2 Years with discovery rule

Idaho

Idaho Statute of Limitations Idaho Code § 5-201 et seq.
Product liability 2 Years

Illinois

Illinois Statute of Limitations 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-201 et seq.
Product liability 2 Years

Indiana

Indiana Statute of Limitations Ind. Code Ann. § 34-11-2-1 et seq.
Defective Product 2 Years

Iowa

Iowa Statute of Limitations Iowa Code Ann. § 614.1 et seq.
Product liability 2 Years

Kansas

Kansas Statute of Limitations Kan. Stat. Ann. § 60-501 et seq.
Product liability 2 Years

Kentucky

Kentucky Statute of Limitations Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 413.080 et seq.
Product liability 1 Year with discovery rule

Louisiana

Louisiana Statute of Limitations La. Civil Code § 3492 et seq.
Product Defect 1 Year

Maine

Maine Statute of Limitations Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 14, § 751 et seq.
Product liability 6 Years

Maryland

Maryland Statute of Limitations Md. Courts & Jud. Proc. Code Ann. § 5-101 et seq.
Product liability 3 Years

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Statute of Limitations Mass. Ann. Laws ch. 260, § 1 et seq.
Defective Product Lawsuit must be filed within 3 Years

Michigan

Michigan Statute of Limitations Mich. Comp. Laws § 600.5801 et seq.
Product liability 3 Years

Minnesota

Minnesota Statute of Limitations Minn. Stat. Ann. § 541.01 et seq.
Product liability 4 Years

Mississippi

Mississippi Statute of Limitations Miss. Code. Ann. § 15-1-1 et seq.
Product liability 2 Year

Missouri

Missouri Statute of Limitations Mo. Rev. Stat. § 516.097 et seq.
Product liability 5 Years

Montana

Montana Statute of Limitations Mont. Code Ann. § 27-2-2021 et seq.
Product liability 3 Years

Nebraska

Nebraska Statute of Limitations Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-201 et seq.
Product liability 2 Years

Nevada

Nevada Statute of Limitations Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 11.010 et seq.
Product liability 4 Years

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Statute of Limitations N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 508:1 et seq.
Product liability 3 Year

New Jersey

New Jersey Statute of Limitations N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2a:14-1 et seq.
Product liability 2 Years

New Mexico

New Mexico Statute of Limitations N.M. Stat. Ann. § 37-1-1 et seq.
Product liability 3 Years

New York

New York Statute of Limitations N.Y. Civ. Prac. Laws & Rules § 201 et seq.
Product liability 3 Years

North Carolina

North Carolina Statute of Limitations N.C. Gen. Stat. § 1-46 et seq.
Product liability 6 Years

North Dakota

North Dakota Statute of Limitations N.D. Cent. Code § 28-01-01 et seq.
Product Liability claim must be filed within 10 Years

Ohio

Ohio Statute of Limitations Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2305.03 et
Product liability 2 Years

Oklahoma

Ohio Statute of Limitations Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2305.03 et
Product liability 2 Years

Oregon

Ohio Statute of Limitations Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2305.03 et
Product liability 2 Years

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Statute of Limitations 42 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 5501 et seq.
Product liability 2 Years

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Statute of Limitations R. I. Gen. Laws § 9-1-12 et seq.
Product liability 3 Years

South Carolina

South Carolina Statute of Limitations S.C. Code Ann. § 15-3-510 et seq.
Product liability 3 Years

South Dakota

South Dakota Statute of Limitations S.D. Codified Laws Ann. § 15-2-1 et seq.
Product liability 3 Years

Tennessee

Tennessee Statute of Limitations Tenn. Code Ann. § 28-3-101 et seq.
Product liability 1 Year with discovery rule

Texas

Texas Statute of Limitations Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 16.001 et seq.
Product liability 2 Years

Utah

Utah Statute of Limitations Utah Code Ann. § 78-12-22 et seq.
Product liability claim bust be filed within 2 Years

Vermont

Vermont Statute of Limitations Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 12, § 461 et seq.
Product liability 3 Years

Virginia

Virginia Statute of Limitations Va. Code Ann. § 8.01-228 et seq.
Product liability 2 Years

Washington

Washington Statute of Limitations Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 4.16.005 et seq.
Product liability 3 Years

West Virginia

West Virginia Statute of Limitations W. Va. Code § 55-2-1 et seq.
Product liability 2 Years

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Statute of Limitations Wis. Stat. Ann. § 893.01 et seq.
Defective Product Claim must be filed within 3 Years

Wyoming

Wyoming Statute of Limitations Wyo. Stat. § 1-3-102 et seq.
Product liability 4 Year