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 –
million. That's roughly more than three times the number of new car and truck
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
According to the NHTSA consumer advisory, affected vehicles include various
models from the following manufacturers:
- General Motors
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