A Georgia Takata airbag lawyer notes safety officials have determined that a Takata airbag was responsible for the death of a Georgia man. This tenth fatality linked to Takata airbags has prompted safety officials to announce a recall of millions of more vehicles equipped with Takata airbags. A Georgia defective airbag lawsuit may be an option for people who have been injured or families of loved ones killed by defective airbags.
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Officials: Georgia Airbag Death Is The First In A Non-Honda Vehicle
The rupture of a Takata airbag has been deemed responsible for the death of a Georgia man who was fatally injured while driving his Ford pickup truck in December 2015. In the wake of the man’s death, safety regulators have announced the recall of another 5 million vehicles equipped with Takata airbags, according to The New York Times. This brings the total number of recalled vehicles to more than 24 million.
The factors that make Takata airbags prone to rupture aren’t fully understood. However, regulators believe the ammonium nitrate that serves as a propellant in these airbags can deteriorate, become volatile and explode. This explosion can drive fragments of the metallic casing surrounding the ammonium nitrate into the vehicle, causing severe injuries to occupants. Since exposure to moisture makes ammonium nitrate deteriorate, the risk of rupture may be especially high in humid states.
Recalled Takata airbags are still present in millions of vehicles. Just 25.8 percent of recalled passenger’s side airbags and 27.3 percent of driver’s side airbags have been replaced. Additionally, the number of vehicles that contain this flawed product may be even higher than current recall figures indicate.
The Georgia man’s death is the tenth death that has been linked to Takata airbags. The death occurred when the airbag in his Ford Ranger pickup ruptured violently. It is the first to occur in a vehicle made by an automaker other than Honda, underscoring the defect’s growing reach, and this is the ninth fatality in the United States, the website reported.
How a Georgia Takata Airbag Lawyer Can Help
Drivers or passengers who are injured by defective products may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries. Compensation can include:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income and ability to work
- Pain and suffering
If a defective product kills a driver or passenger, family members may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Medical expenses
- Conscious pain and suffering prior to death
- Mental anguish, and pain and suffering from the loss of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
People who have been injured by defective airbags are advised to seek the assistance of a Georgia Takata airbag lawyer to help them protect their legal rights.
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