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March 9th, 2020
Today’s vehicles are safer than ever due to features like
lane departure warnings, blind spot indicators, stability control, and backup
cameras. But despite all the advanced bells and whistles in modern cars,
nothing protects drivers and passengers better than seat belts and airbags. Of
course, it’s a different story when one of those safety devices is defective—and
that’s exactly what happened with airbags in millions of vehicles sold in the
On November 18, 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) ordered Takata Corporation to initiate a nationwide
recall of its airbags after it was discovered that they were defective and at
risk of exploding and seriously injuring or even killing drivers and passengers
during collisions. The recall affected millions of vehicles manufactured by the
world’s biggest automakers, including Ford, GM, Honda, BMW, Audi, Nissan,
Toyota, and more.
Millions of Americans took their vehicles to dealerships and
other repair centers to get their defective airbags replaced as the recall list
expanded during the past five years. However, in December 2019, a new group of
defective airbags with a different type of inflator was recalled due to their
risk of exploding or underinflating during collisions. Combined, both recalls
affect between 65 and 70 million vehicles worldwide.
Because the recall affects vehicles of virtually every make and model dating back to 2003 model years, there’s a good chance your vehicle is equipped with recalled Takata airbags. You can verify your vehicle’s recall status by visiting the NHTSA’s safercar.gov website or the NHTSA’s own website and entering your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
Please note that not all vehicles affected by this new recall will show up in the NHTSA’s database. More vehicles will be added in the future as they are confirmed. You can sign up for the NHTSA’s Recall Alerts to be informed of new additions to the recall list as that information becomes available.
If your vehicle is affected, you should have received an
email containing further instructions for getting your airbags replaced. If you
didn’t receive the notice, discarded it, or don’t know what your next steps
are, contact the service department at your local dealership for your vehicle’s
manufacturer. Because of the dangers associated with the defective airbags,
dealerships are required to provide free airbag replacements to owners of
Ford and Mazda recommend that owners of 2006 model year
Rangers and B-series pickup trucks not drive their vehicles at all unless their
airbags have been replaced due to their likelihood of malfunctioning and
causing serious injuries. In addition, some vehicle manufacturers recommend not
allowing anyone to sit in the front passenger seats until replacements are
completed. To reduce your risks and give you peace of mind, schedule your
airbag replacement as soon as possible, and avoid driving your vehicle until
the process is complete.
Takata Corporation placed millions of Americans in danger due to its defective airbags. The number of Americans exposed to that risk is now known to be greater than ever before after the recall was expanded in December 2019. If you or someone you love was injured by an airbag that exploded on impact or failed to properly inflate, you may be eligible for compensation. The Louisiana defective product attorneys at Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers hold negligent manufacturers accountable when their oversights injure or kill innocent consumers.
While almost all of the focus on these recalls is being directed towards Takata Corporation, auto manufacturers may also be considered negligent. Reports indicate that Takata was aware of defects in its airbags as early as 2000, and some automakers may have been aware of them as well. Because this recall is so huge and unprecedented, it’s important to have an experienced law firm on your side to determine if and how you may be able to get compensation.
At Dudley DeBosier, our attorneys aren’t afraid to go up against huge corporations when defending our clients. And we never leave our clients in the dark about the status of their claims. We strive to maintain open, honest, and frequent communication from day one until the day you get your check. That’s the Dudley DeBosier Difference. Call today for a free consultation.