In another action related to the Takata airbag recalls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging Honda and Acura drivers to stop driving their vehicles if they have the defective airbags. According to new test data on a subset of the defective Takata airbags in various Hondas and Acuras (model years 2001 – 2003), there is a high risk of rupture when the airbag deploys. This is a recall that has already requested for more than 63 million Takata airbags to be pulled off the market, with another 300,000 expected to come within the next few months.
Since they have been introduced, these Takata airbags have been associated with the death of at least 10 individuals and even more sustaining serious injuries. Eight of the deaths have involved the most recent targeted airbag. According to data, Takata airbags show a 50% chance of exploding after the vehicle has crashed. Other airbags are reported to have about a 1% chance of explosion by comparison. This goes to show the potential dangers involved in the airbags that are in so many of these model vehicles. The continuing recall can be a big help in how these are handled.
With roughly 700,000 vehicles already fixed and 8.9 million airbags replaced, there is still a chance it can take years before the remaining vehicles are fixed. Roughly 20% of the 260 million vehicles in the United States have had or still have a defective Takata airbag, some containing two of the airbags. Not all parts are available, making the repairs take longer to be fully completed. Since the recall began between 2008 and 2011, Honda has stated that roughly 70% of their vehicles with the defective airbags have been repaired.
The following vehicles are part of the latest warning:
The recall shows that when the airbags deploy, they run the risk of rupturing and causing significant injuries due to shrapnel flying in the direction of the driver. Two of these fatal incidents have occurred within the last year and the number may continue to rise if the matter is not taken care of properly.
Unfortunately, while manufacturers are expected to keep the safety of the consumer in mind when making their products, it doesn’t always happen. Some items may be pushed out without the proper safety testing and cause significant injury when they fail. If that happens, it may be grounds for the injured party to file a lawsuit against the negligent manufacturer to seek compensation for the damages sustained. This not only helps the injury victim, but it can also help to prevent the manufacturer from making a similar mistake again in the future, leaving others susceptible to injury.
At The Pittman Firm, P.A., we make it a point to protect our clients’ rights after they have been injured. Our Florida Panhandle defective product attorneys are dedicated to representing clients who have been harmed by dangerous products such as the Takata airbags. If you believe you have a case, we encourage you to reach out to us and learn more about your legal options. We are ready to help you take the steps necessary to reach a successful resolution in your case.
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