Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys Provide Update on Takata Air Bag Recall
Currently, over 30 million vehicles across the United States, made by 10 different manufacturers, have been recalled due to defective airbags on the driver's side, passenger's side or both. The airbags are manufactured by auto parts maker Takata and were mostly installed in vehicles from model years 2002 to 2008, although a few newer vehicles are also included in the recall. The recall was issued after it was uncovered that the airbags could explode, sending shrapnel throughout the car and injuring or killing car occupants.
The defect exists in the airbag's inflator, which is a metal cartridge with a propellant within it. In some cases the inflator becomes ignited with explosive force. The inflator house can rupture in the event of a crash and metal shards from inside the airbag can be sprayed with tremendous force throughout the vehicle, leading to potentially tragic results.
Takata has struggled to identify the precise cause of the defect. It now appears that multiple causes combine to make the inflators explode, including poor quality control during manufacturing, years of exposure to high heat and humidity, as well as the design of the car itself.
NHTSA Public Information Meeting
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently held a public information meeting concerning the Takata recalls. During the meeting, NHTSA officials updated the public as to the safety risks associated with Takata airbag inflators and the steps the government as well as automakers are taking to address the risks and repair affected vehicles.
Currently, at least eight fatalities have been attributed to the Takata airbag rupture. All automobile owners are encouraged to run their VIN number through their automobile manufacturers' websites, which will alert them to any recalls, especially those involving defective airbags.
The Takata airbag recall continues to expand and it is possible more injuries and deaths will be linked to this deadly defect in the months and years to come. Anyone with an impacted vehicle should contact their manufacturer as soon as possible. You should be able to get in quickly to have your vehicle repaired. Do not delay as you could face the risk of serious injury or death due to the defective airbag inflator.
We rely on our vehicles to safely transport us from place to place. However, automobile defects do exist and can lead to deadly injuries or death. If you have been injured in an accident that could have been caused by a defective automobile part, contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Assisting Those Injured Due to the Negligence of Automobile Makers
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective automobile part, contact the Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our law firm is dedicated to assisting injured consumers across Georgia and in the Southeast. We bring over 36 years of experience to your defective automobile accident case, providing you with the dedicated and compassionate 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.