Almost 34 million vehicles are being recalled due to defects in the airbag. Takata, one of the largest suppliers of airbags in the world, has issued this recall that impacts one in seven vehicles currently on the road. This is the first time Takata has admitted that its airbags are causing injuries, even though injuries had been reported for years. If you have been injured by an airbag, a personal injury lawyer can fight to get you the money you deserve.
The issue with this airbags is that, when they deploy, they can release shrapnel and other sharp objects into the passenger compartment. More than 100 people have been injured in this way, with six people dying. Obviously, airbags are meant protect people, not cause them serious, life-changing injuries. With this recall, hopefully the problem will be fixed and lives can be saved.
Some of these injuries likely could have been prevented had the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration acted sooner and forced a recall. In 2009, the agency began investigating claims that these airbags were causing injuries. They closed the investigation after six months citing “insufficient evidence.” Consumer advocates accused the agency of being far too easy on the industry it was supposed to regulate, putting industry interests over the safety of the public. Fortunately, it appears that this attitude is changing.
But this lax attitude towards safety goes back even further at Takata. Former engineers claim that they raised safety concerns more than a decade ago but were ignored by their superiors. If this is true, it shows a deep disregard for safety and a deep disregard to the responsibility this manufacturer had to its customers. It also could result in a substantial lawsuit against the company. A personal injury attorney can explain your options further if you have been injured by this airbag. If you drive a car that is subject to the recall, it is best to get it fixed as soon as possible.
Honda is the largest auto manufacturer impacted by this recall, but it also impacts Chrysler, Nissan, BMW, Toyota, and Ford. Drivers should contact their local deal to see if their make and model is impacted by this recall. If so, the part will be replaced at no charge to the consumer. In order to prevent serious injury to you or passengers, drivers should check if their car is subject to recall. Consumers can check their VIN here to see if their car needs repairs.
At Davis Law Center, we hold negligent companies accountable for the damage they cause consumers. We know how devastating it can be to be involved in a car accident, and the tragedy is made doubly bad if the safety features of the car actually cause your injuries. We will aggressively fight to get you the money you deserve after you have been hurt. If you have been injured in Detroit or anywhere in Michigan, contact a personal injury attorney at Davis Law Center right away.