At the end of October – Wednesday, October 22 – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a consumer advisory urging Americans with vehicles that contain defective airbags to take immediate action and bring their vehicles in for service. The advisory involves airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation, a Japanese auto parts manufacturer that has received a great deal of criticism in the past year and a half over their faulty airbags.
The problem with Takata’s airbag system is that a serious malfunction can cause the airbag to rupture, tear apart, and explode when deployed. When this happens, shrapnel and other dangerous materials can fly toward drivers and passengers. Several injuries and deaths have been associated with defective Takata airbags, according to the NHTSA. Federal officials are still investigating the underlying cause of the defect.
In the U.S., a total of 7.8 million vehicles have been recalled due to defective Takata airbags. Affected vehicles include various models of cars and trucks manufactured by the following automakers:
- General Motors
You can find out if your vehicle may be affected by viewing the NHTSA consumer advisory, using the NHTSA VIN search, or visiting your auto manufacturer’s website. Remember, if your vehicle is affected, you should take it to a local dealer as soon as possible. There should be no cost for the service.
Auto Part Defects
Auto part manufacturers, like most any manufacturer, are required by law to make sure that the products they make are safe for their intended use. When some type of preventable defect makes the product unsafe, it places innocent people at risk. This is why victims who are harmed by defective products have the right to recover compensation from the product manufacturers. At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, our South Carolina personal injury attorneys fight for victims and families who’ve been harmed by defective products, including unsafe auto parts.
If you have questions about your rights, whether you may be able to file a lawsuit, and how our firm can help, contact us for a FREE case review.