Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata recently announced that the initial recall of its exploding airbags has been expanded to nearly 34 million vehicles. Thus marking Takata’s current situation as one of the largest consumer products recalls of all time. According to ABC News, nearly one in seven cars on the road are being impacted by this recall. The airbags in question could unexpectedly deploy and explode, shooting shrapnel at the faces, neck and chest region of drivers and passengers in impacted cars. At this time, six deaths are being attributed to the exploding airbags with many more injuries being reported.
Automakers Are Being Held Accountable
Last year, there were record-breaking recalls on vehicles across the country. While we are only partially through 2015, it looks like 2015 could give 2014 a run for its money. In the past, federal safety regulatory agencies have been way too easy on automobile manufacturers. However, as it stands now, the government is taking great strides to hold automakers accountable for dangerous faulty and defective parts.
Vehicles Manufactured With Takata Airbags
- Daimler Trucks
- General Motors
Is Your Vehicle Under Recall?
If you are unsure whether or not this recall affects your car, use the website Safercar.gov to check it out. Just type your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into the Search Tool to find out if your car is currently being recalled for any reason. If your vehicle is under recall, immediately call a dealership for further instructions. These airbags are featured in a wide variety of makes and models of various cars, and it could take several weeks for your car to be fixed.
Automakers and auto part manufacturers are obligated to make sure that their cars and products are safe for consumers. If not, dangerous accidents can result leading to serious injuries and deaths. Our Florida Auto Accident Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are currently investigating Takata airbag lawsuits. We offer free legal consultations to all injured parties, as well as the families of victims who may have been harmed by these defective bags manufactured by Takata. To find out more, please call us today statewide and toll-free at 866-608-5529 or contact us through our online contact form.