Faulty Airbag Recall Expands
Earlier this year a group of major car manufactures released a recall for 3 million cars due to a faulty airbag problem. In these recalled automobiles, the airbag shoots shrapnel at passengers as it deploys. The airbags involved in this recall all come from the companyTakata Corp, who has admitted that the propellant in the inflator was not prepared properly and is too powerful. The manufacturing company also claims that areas with high amounts of humidity, such as Florida, Hawaii and Puerto Rico,have a higher risk of the airbag exploding in this way.
Now, after an investigation into the specific problem by the Office of Defects Investigation, automakers are requested to conduct a limited regionalcampaign in high humidity areas; BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota and Mitsubishi are all taking part in the campaign.
Late last month, both Mazda and Nissan announced new sets of recalls for this same “explosion” issue with airbags. Both companies will begin the recall process sometime this month. Dealers will inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary services free of charge. The new models included in these lists are as follows:
- 2003-2004 Mazda 6
- 2004 RX-8
- 2002-2003 Nissan Maxima,
- 2002-2003 Pathfinder and
- 2002-2003 Infiniti I35
- 2002-2003 QX4
- 2002-2004 Nissan Sentra
- 2003 Infiniti FX
With these additions, the airbag recall list has reached approximately 12 million vehicles.
Chrysler has also announced a recall for approximately 643,618 of their vehicles due to a defect that impacts the safe operating system of the airbag. The recall includes 2005-2007 Jeep Grand Cherokees manufactured between February 11, 2004 and July 5, 2007, and also 2006-2007 Jeep Commander’s that were manufactured between January 31, 2005 and July 5, 2007.
If you have one of the listed vehicles it is very important to bring it in to a dealer and have them make the appropriate fixes. If these safety issues are left alone, they could bring harm to not only you but to others on the road. If you have been injured due to a defect or a safety issue in your vehicle,call the LaBovick Law Group for a free consultation.
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