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Federal Officials Issue Advisory for Defective Takata Airbags

Posted By Montee Law Firm || 4-Nov-2014

Every year in the United States, numerous products, prescription drugs, and auto parts are recalled because they post dangers to consumers. This year, however, has been unlike any other when it comes to auto recalls. According to statistics from auto manufacturers, 2014 has seen a record-setting number of vehicle recalls – over 56 million. That's roughly more than three times the number of new car and truck purchases.

If you've been watching the news, it's likely that you've heard about various vehicle models being recalled for one reason or another. Perhaps you're also familiar with the millions of recalls brought about by General Motors' defects, including its controversial ignition switch defect. The latest concerning defect that's prompted millions of additional recalls in recent months has to do with defective airbags.

Defective Airbags; What's the Problem?

The defective airbags at the center of the newest defect controversy are manufactured by Takata Corporation, a Japanese company and one of the largest auto parts manufacturers in the world. The problem with Takata's airbags – the exact underlying cause hasn't been determined yet – is that a malfunction can cause the bags to rupture and tear away during deployment. This can cause parts and shrapnel to fly from the airbag system and toward drivers or passengers.

Takata's defective airbags have been linked to several injuries and deaths, and federal officials have begun to investigate what's causing the defect and whether it could have been prevented. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a consumer advisory in late October urgingvehicle owners with defective airbags to take their vehicles in immediately for service.

According to the NHTSA consumer advisory, affected vehicles include various models from the following manufacturers:

  • BMW
  • Chrysler
  • Ford
  • General Motors
  • Honda
  • Mazda
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Subaru
  • Toyota

If you are concerned that your vehicle may be affected, you can view the full list of recalled vehicles on the NHTSA consumer advisory or by visiting your vehicle manufacturer's website.

At Montee Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers have handled numerous cases involving product liability and have secured over $250 million on behalf of clients who were harmed through no fault of their own. If you or someone you know has recently been injured as a result of a defective product – including defective Takata airbags – our legal team is prepared to review your case and help your understand whether you can file a lawsuit.

For a free case review, contact a Kansas City injury attorney from our firm today.

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