Car Accident Attorneys Provide Update on the Takata Airbag Recall
It has officially been a year since auto parts maker Takata acknowledged that some of its inflators were defective, prompting one of the largest recalls of all time. Since that time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has worked to organize the recall and appropriate repairs. Currently, millions of vehicles are included in the recall, spanning 14 vehicle manufacturers.
At Montlick and Associates, we have closely followed the Takata inflator recall and continue to stay up to date on the latest matters concerning it. Our law firm understands that defective automobile parts can cause serious injuries and even death. Our Atlanta car accident attorneys represent car accident victims who have been injured due to product defects as well as negligence on the part of the other driver.
28 Million Inflators Recalled in the United States
Currently, over 28 million vehicles that contain airbags with Takata inflators have been recalled in the United States alone. Millions more have been recalled worldwide. The recall was issued after evidence showed the airbag inflators degrade over time, causing them to deploy improperly in a crash. Defective airbags send dangerous shrapnel shooting throughout the vehicle, potentially inflicting serious injuries and death. Thus far, at least 140 injuries and two deaths have been linked to the defective product.
Defective airbags have been found in certain vehicles created by almost all major automobile manufacturers. Manufacturers affected by the recall include Ford, BMW, Honda, Acura, Toyota, GM, Volkswagen and many more. The defective airbags also now include both driver and passenger-side airbags.
Repairing the Defect
All recalled vehicles must be repaired as soon as possible. If you have not yet checked to see whether your car is affected by the recall, do so as soon as possible. Individuals living in warmer states are most at risk of airbags exploding due to degradation caused by heat, but all vehicles could be affected. Go to your vehicle manufacturer's website and enter your VIN number for complete recall information.
Orchestrating repairs on this massive recall has been a challenge. Many consumers have complained of long wait times for vehicle repairs. Thus far, the NHTSA reports that over four million driver-side air bags have been repaired, more than three million passenger-side airbags and over seven million total airbags are now safe for their intended use. While these numbers represent a significant step forward, it still means that many millions of drivers continue to use vehicles equipped with faulty airbags.
It is critical that the NHTSA and other safety organizations increase the rates of repairs or airbag incidences will continue to occur. These inflators pose the greatest risk over time, so the longer consumers wait to obtain repairs, the more dangerous the defective inflators could become. Do not delay in obtaining repairs and contact an attorney if you have experienced a defective airbag incident. An attorney can examine the circumstances of what happened to determine whether you can pursue a claim against the airbag manufacturer.
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