Airbag recall lawyers note that Members of Congress are asking questions about a recent announcement by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) related to airbags manufactured by the Takata Corporation of Japan. Currently, recalls and free repairs are being conducted regionally as ten car manufacturers with affected models choose whether to recall all vehicles or just those in areas with hot and humid weather, such as Florida, Georgia, and other Gulf states.
If you or a loved one has been injured when an airbag deployed, call the Georgia Injury Attorney Group for more information about your options. At no out-of-pocket cost to you, we can answer your questions. If you have a case, we can connect you with an affiliated airbag recall attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Airbag Deaths Reported
According to reports, when the Takata airbags deploy, the inflation mechanism can rupture, causing metal debris to fly out of the bag at high rates of speed. Four people have reportedly died after metal and plastic fragments struck them in the head and neck.
Humidity A Factor in Airbag Recall?
Initially, the NHTSA said that only regions where humidity is significant should be affected by the recall. As many as 7.78 million vehicles are currently subject to recall. However, members of Congress say there are many other areas of the country facing high humidity during certain times of the year, and they should also be included in the recall.
Additionally, airbag recall attorneys note that a vehicle registered in an area that does not have long periods of hot and humid weather does can also be used in areas covered by the recall. “Snowbirds” often spend winters in areas with hot and humid weather but summers in cooler climates. For instance, a vehicle may be registered in a cooler state like New York, yet spend a significant amount of time in warmer states such as Florida or Georgia.
NHTSA has provided a database allowing owners to look up their vehicle identification number to determine if the Takata airbags in their vehicle are among those recalled. Vehicles manufactured by Honda, Toyota, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Chrysler, Subaru, Ford, Mitsubishi and General Motors have been included in the airbag recall.
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If you believe you or a loved one’s injury was due to a faulty airbag, or if a loved one has died of injuries they sustained from an airbag, contact an airbag recall attorney at the Georgia Injury Attorney Group for a free, no obligation consultation regarding a possible personal injury or wrongful death claim. Your call is free and you are under no obligation.