Family and friends of a California woman, who died after a Takata airbag ruptured, are on a campaign to raise awareness about these faulty airbags that have caused several deaths and dozens of injuries. According to a news report, the woman was driving a 2001 Honda Civic, which contained defective Takata airbags that are prone to deploy at random and send metal shards flying into the passenger compartment. Takata airbags have recently been recalled across the nation, and if you or a loved one has been injured as a result of one of these malfunctioning airbags, do not hesitate to contact an experienced defective Takata airbag lawyer.
What Cars Should We Be Cautious About?
To date, more than 30 brands of vehicles have been affected by the Takata airbag recall. Among the recalled cars, are some Honda and Acura models referred to as the “alpha cars” or the first cars that were equipped with these faulty airbags. The airbag rupture rate in these vehicles is as high as 50 percent. Among the Honda and Acura models on the recall list are favorites such as the Accord, Civic, CRV, Odyssey, Pilot and the Acura CL/TL, all of which were manufactured between 2001 and 2003. To make matters worse, the recall list is expected to grow. By 2020, the number of cars recalled in the U.S. alone because of faulty Takata airbags could hit 42 million.
Why Aren’t These Cars Getting Repaired?
The reason is because these cars were manufactured so long ago that most owners are not even aware of the recall. Most of these cars have switched owners multiple times since they were produced, making it more difficult for the manufacturers to track down and notify the current owner. Federal and state safety experts say the repairs need to happen in order to prevent further injury and death. Officials are trying to raise awareness in a number of ways, even at DUI checkpoints and child safety seat inspection events.
Do I Own a Recalled Vehicle And What Are My Options?
If you have no idea if your vehicle is one of millions recalled due to defective Takata airbags, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website at https://www.nhtsa.gov/. Enter your vehicle identification number or “VIN” and you should be able to find out if your car has been recalled. If your vehicle has been recalled, take it to the dealer right away to get it repaired.
Please do not ignore a vehicle recall. Injured victims can file a product liability lawsuit against the automaker and the manufacturer of the faulty airbag seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. If you have a loved one who has been injured or died due to a defective Takata airbag, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation.
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Our personal injury law firm is working with Takata airbag lawyers around the country who are handling these cases and helping injured victims and families hold negligent manufacturers accountable. We charge no legal fees until we get you the settlement or award you are entitled to. “You focus on you recovery while we focus on your case.” Call us for a toll-free consultation at 1-800-992-6878 to obtain more information about pursuing your rights.