If you have a defective Takata airbag in your vehicle, you can get it replaced without charge. If you have been hurt in an auto accident, a personal injury attorney can answer questions about your legal rights. Here are some facts about the Takata airbag recall, including how to find out if you’re among the millions of drivers affected.
As a conscious consumer, you rely on the enforcement of governmental regulations to ensure products meet established safety standards. A mandatory recall, such as the one issued as the result of the Takata airbag death toll, is a strong indication of failure on the part of a product manufacturer, designer or reseller to meet an obligation of public safety.
The Defect is Potentially Fatal
In some Takata airbags, the inflator is faulty and explodes during a crash. In past incidents, pieces of metal have spread throughout the vehicle. The defect is responsible for 180 injuries and 11 deaths. The recall of Takata airbags began in 2013 and is the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.
Many Brands are Affected
As the scope of the airbag recall has expanded, almost 64 million vehicles have been affected. About two dozen car brands are affected by the recall, most manufactured between 2002 and 2015. You can check the status of your car by looking at this list of models or by keying in your car’s VIN into a government recall database.
The Risk is Nation-Wide
Because hot weather and high humidity increase the risk of explosion, the National Highway Transportation Safety Authority (NHTSA) has divided states into priority zones for airbag replacement. Arkansas and Oklahoma are included in Zone B. However, Consumer Reports notes that no recall should be ignored, especially since most drivers travel out of state into different temperature conditions.
You Can Get Your Airbag Fixed for Free
If your vehicle is impacted by the recall, contact your dealership. The car maker should replace the airbag at no charge. Due to the number of cars affected, replacement might take some time.
If you want more information about your legal rights after purchasing a defective or dangerous product, contact the law firm of Nolan Caddell Reynolds at 1-866-242-0452. We’re advocates for your family’s safety.