Honda Airbag Complaints Have Led to NHTSA Investigation

Honda Airbag Complaints

Vehicle DefectsAlthough airbags save lives, they can have the potential to cause serious injuries if they fail to function as intended. Thousands of 2008 Honda Accords are currently under investigation as several drivers have filed Honda airbag complaints, alleging that closing the vehicle’s doors is causing the airbags to deploy without warning. Additionally, drivers are reportedly being charged for these repairs as Honda dealerships are claiming that the problem is not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.

If you would like to file your own Honda airbag complaint after your airbags unexpectedly deployed or if you have sustained injuries due to any other type of unexpected product defect like this, contact Attorney Group today. We will review your case and help you to determine if you have a valid claim.

Recent Honda Airbag Complaints Result in Investigation

Media reports have announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be initiating an investigation into certain 2008 Honda Accords and whether the vehicle’s airbags are unexpectedly deploying due to manufacturer defect. The most recent report states 28 drivers have filed Honda airbag complaints with federal safety regulators and in two cases, drivers were injured due to the airbag deployment. The probe will include 363,000 cars.

The manufacturer has acknowledged that they are aware of the most recent Honda airbag complaints and that it will conduct its own review of the situation and work with investigators to analyze the situation. In most of the Honda airbag complaints, drivers have stated that the airbags have deployed while their vehicles were parked. Additionally, drivers have allegedly been charged thousands of dollars to repair their vehicles after their local Honda dealerships told them that the deployments are not covered under their warranties.

Past Airbag Recalls

The most recent investigation is not the only time Honda has dealt with recalls or criticism of their product. In January 2014, the Honda Fit rated poor in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s frontal crash text. According to reports, when questioned about the results, the manufacturer allegedly downplayed the situation and instead referenced its safety record. In September 2013, Honda also recalled over 405,000 vehicles, citing a defect in the electronic system that controls airbag deployment.

Honda is not the only manufacturer that has issued safety recalls. Also in September 2013, Suzuki pulled nearly 200,000 cars to address a defect in the airbag sensor that could result in the improper deployment of airbags in an accident.

Earlier that year, in April 2013, Mazda, Honda, General Motors, Nissan and Toyota all issued recalls that included over 1.3 million vehicles for faulty airbags that could deploy and cause serious injuries to passengers such as:

  • Hearing loss
  • Blindness
  • Decapitation
  • Airbag burns
  • Asthma attacks
  • Paralysis
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries

According to the NHTSA, defective airbags killed 284 individuals, 180 of whom were children, between 1990 and 2007, the most recent data available. These numbers do not include the thousands of injuries sustained by drivers when their airbags prematurely deployed or failed to work at all.

When properly designed and installed, airbags can save the lives of drivers and passengers and are a required safety feature of most cars. However, consumers could be at risk of devastating injuries if the airbags are defective. In these cases, consumers could possibly have legal rights to recover financial compensation for injuries and damages.

Injured Due to a Defective Airbag or Other Product Defect? Contact Us Today

If you are injured from a similar situation, it is important to seek legal counsel in order to understand your rights and find out if you could be able to seek compensation for damages you have endured. Contact Attorney Group for your free, no-obligation consultation to determine whether you have legal recourse and if you are entitled to seek financial compensation for your injuries. We will connect you with an affiliated attorney and help to protect your rights.