One of the case types we handle at Daniel Stark is car product liability. These cases involve injuries sustained from defective off-the-shelf products and manufacturer recalls. It’s important to remember that just because a manufacturer issues a recall after discovering a defective car component doesn’t mean they (or the component’s manufacturer) are off the hook for resulting injuries. We take these types of cases on because we believe someone should stand up for those injured by defective car products and hold manufacturers accountable.
In recent years, there’s been a major recall for airbags manufactured by Takata. These airbags have been known to over-inflate and explode, shooting metal shrapnel into the vehicle’s passenger area. Severe injuries and even death can be the result of these malfunctions.
As of Feb. 2016, defective Takata airbags have been recalled by 14 different car manufacturers, impacting millions of U.S. vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been working closely with Takata to expedite these recalls in an effort to save lives. To date, more than 7 million defective airbags have been repaired or replaced, but millions more vehicles are still out on the road with defective airbags, and their drivers are unaware of the dangers.
To find out if your vehicle has been recalled for a defective airbag, visit the NHTSA website for a complete list.