Over the past year and a half, auto industry recalls have been garnering
a lot of attention. From GM’s ignition switch defect to faulty gas
tanks, there have been a number of issues and dangerous defects to threaten
the safety of everyone on public roads and highways. According to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these dangerous
products contributed to a record-setting year of 56 million recalled vehicles in 2014.
In the latest round of recalls to gain national attention, Japanese auto
parts manufacturer Takata Corporation expanded its recall of U.S. cars
and trucks fitted with defective airbags last month. Here are a few key
points about the recall and what consumers can do to keep themselves safe.
After a lengthy battle with federal regulators, Takata finally admitted
that its airbags contained a dangerous defect in May and that it would
be expanding its nationwide recall to
nearly 34 million U.S. vehicles.
- The defect in question involves airbags that can potentially rupture and
explode during deployment. When this happens, shrapnel and fragments can
shoot out at vehicle occupants. Several deaths and a number of injuries
have been associated with the faulty Takata airbags.
- Affected vehicles include a number of U.S. cars and trucks from various
automakers, including Honda, Toyota, BMW, Chrysler, General Motors, and more.
Vehicle owners should act as soon as possible after receiving recall notices
and take their cars in for service. If you are unsure as to whether your
vehicle contains a defect, you can call your local dealer or visit
safecar.gov to search by VIN for outstanding recalls.
At Shook & Stone, our
product liability lawyers have worked with many victims and families who suffered damages
as a result of dangerous and defective products. We would like to remind
everyone about the importance of taking recalls seriously and that victims
harmed by unsafe products have the right to pursue compensation for their losses.
If you believe you or someone you love has been injured as a result of
defective airbags or another defective product, our attorneys are available
to review your case free of charge.
Contact us today to request a free consultation.