UPDATE: Exploding Airbag Recall Numbers Grow Larger
Earlier this year a recall was announced for several car companies that were having problems with their vehicles’ airbags. The recall was made due to a faulty airbag that would shoot shrapnel at the driver and front passenger in the car when the airbag deployed. These faulty airbags come from Japan’s Takata Corp., a company that manufactures several auto parts including but not limited to airbags, steering wheels and seatbelts.
This recall has now been projected to become the largest automotive recall in history, and since July there has been an additional 2 million cars added with a total of 10 major car manufactures involved.
Takata Corp. has admitted that the propellant in the inflator was too powerful and unfortunately was improperly prepared. They have also announced that areas with high humidity rates have a greater risk of danger from the faulty airbags exploding. These areas include Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and especially Florida.
This past week the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced to the public that they should not take this recall lightly and should contact their dealer as soon as possible if their car model and year is included in the list for the recall. As of September, there have been at least 139 reported injuries, including all of the companies involved, and at least two deaths and 30 injuries in just Honda vehicles.
The companies involved in the recall as of this latest expansion are as follows:
- General Motors
NHTSA is keeping an updated tracking list of all the models and manufactured years of the vehicles affected by the recall and recommends searching their VIN number database to see if your vehicle is involved.
If your vehicle is included in the recall it is very important to bring it in to a dealer and have the appropriate parts fixed. 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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