The Takata Airbag Investigation Widened to Include Side Airbags
Recently, the largest United States auto parts recall that we have been covering over the last several months just became even bigger. The Takata airbag investigation has widened to include side airbags. Previously, the investigation focused on airbags situatws in the front driver and passenger seats. If the company does find their side airbags are defective as well, the investigation will become even more massive.
So far, the Takata airbag recall involves 19 million vehicles produced by 12 different car manufacturers in the United States. Millions more vehicles have been recalled overseas. Recently, General Motors recalled 400 vehicles across the country when their side airbags failed during testing.
Defective Takata airbags have been known to rupture in the event of a crash, sending metal fragments flying throughout the vehicle. Thus far, the defective airbags have unfortunately been linked to eight deaths and dozens of injuries. Although original investigations were limited to older airbags, the investigation rapidly expanded to all model years when it uncovered even newer airbags possessed the defect.
The company actually believes the two recalls, one of older models and the other concerning new models, are distinct. They believe the older car recall was linked to aging and long term exposure to heat and humidity, while the newer vehicle recall is likely due to one of the chemical compounds used to inflate the Takata airbags.
Consult with an Attorney if You are Injured by a Defective Airbag
If you have been injured due to a defective airbag, consult with an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can investigate the facts and circumstances of your claim as well as take the necessary steps to protect your rights. Accidents linked to defective airbags are still occurring and a number of older accidents are still being attributed to the deadly defect. Anyone injured by an airbag should be eligible to receive compensation from the auto parts maker.
The Takata airbag recall is just one of many recalls impacting vehicles across the United States. It is important that all vehicle owners register their VIN number with their vehicle manufacturer so that they receive notification in the event of a new recall issued involving the vehicle. If you have not checked for recalls recently, go online to your vehicle manufacturer's website and input your vehicle identification number to ensure your vehicle has not been involved in a recall. Always take prompt action if your vehicle is recalled and ensure all necessary repairs are made. If you are injured in an accident and believe a defective automobile part played a role in causing the accident or your injuries, consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
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If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective auto part, contact the Georgia Automobile Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our law firm is dedicated to assisting injured accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. We bring over 35 years of experience to your automobile accident or defective automobile accident case, providing you with compassionate and dedicated legal representation. The sooner you act after your injury, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.