In a growing trend of automobile recalls, a recently enforced recall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will affect millions of drivers and their vehicles. This recall has to do with more than a minor electrical problem or related issue, however; it is in fact due to a potentially fatal fault in the vehicles’ airbags. Airbags installed in a wide variety of makes and models, including Toyotas, Hondas, BMWs, Chryslers, Fords, Subarus, Mitsubishis, Nissans, Mazdas, and GM vehicles, are posing a great risk to drivers and passengers alike. When these airbags, made by Japanese manufacturer Takata, deploy, they do so with too much force, causing an explosion that can produce large amounts of shrapnel. Explosions in vehicles with Takata airbags have already been determined to be responsible for four deaths.
Not merely hundreds of thousands but millions of vehicles are potentially affected by this fatal flaw in the airbags’ design, and the affected airbags are present in vehicles made from 2001 to 2011. Takata is the supplier of an estimated 22% of the world’s airbags, meaning that the chances of a vehicle being affected by the fault in their design are relatively high. So why, if the risks are so great and so widespread, is the vehicle recall currently restricted to certain regions of the United States?
Is the risk to your safety in your vehicle being overlooked?
The vehicle recall due to the Takata airbag fault is currently only set to include southern, humid climates, including Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, and several U.S. territories. The reason for this is an alleged link between the fault in the airbags and humidity, though definitive proof has yet to be found confirming the extent of that link. And indeed, as one of the fatalities caused by this airbag fault occurred in Virginia, it will be difficult to say with absolute certainty that this regional recall is truly the safest approach to this high risk situation. Could cars and drivers in Maryland be the next to suffer the consequences of this design error?
It is vital that Maryland drivers, despite the limitations set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, research the Takata airbag recall and discover whether or not their vehicle is one of those potentially affected. An accident caused by faulty airbags or an accident resulting in the airbags being deployed could be a fatal one.
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If you have been involved in a car accident due to faulty airbags or any other reason, call Bruce Robinson & Associates. Your consultation with our lawyers is free and if we can help you, your case will be handled on a contingency fee basis, which means no out of pocket expense or cost to you. For a free consultation with our trial lawyers, contact Robinson & Associates at 410.415.3841 or click www.marylandaccidentattorney.com today for your free consultation. We look forward to helping you!