There is a one in seven chance the airbag in your vehicle is defective
Tuesday, Takata, a Japanese manufacturer, and one of the largest suppliers of air bags, announced that 34 million cars will be recalled. This represents almost one out of every seven cars on the road needing to be repaired. The defect can send shrapnel into the people seated in front of them, causing death or serious injury. (Sadly for more than a decade Takata denied that its products were defective even as motorists were killed by exploding airbags and automakers around the world recalled millions of cars equipped with its products)
Honda cars are most likely to have recalled airbags, but 10 other automakers will be affected as well, leaving few brands that have not been affected by the defect. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is in the process of listing all the cars being recalled on a special Website dedicated to the Takata recall. Go to http://www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/index.html and enter your vehicle identification number, or VIN, to see if your car is included in this or any other recall. (The VIN can be found on your registration or on a plate on the dashboard visible through the windshield of most cars) Since NHTSA does not yet have a complete list of all the cars included in the Takata recall, even if your VIN doesn’t show your car having any open recalls it’s a good idea to check back in a few weeks to see if it has been added.
If your car has a defective airbag, you should contact a dealership that sells your model car to get it replaced. Even if you don’t know the dealership that originally sold the car, any other dealership that handles that brand should be able to help you. If you have a brand that has been discontinued, such as a Pontiac, you can contact any other GM dealer, such as Chevrolet or Buick. The airbags will be replaced at no cost to the owner, even if the car is no longer under warranty.
The Law Offices of Steven S. Farbman are always interested in the safety and well-being for the people of our community. As always please feel free to contact my office with any legal questions you may have. For more than 30 years, Steven S. Farbman has been helping members of this community who have been seriously injured due to the carelessness and negligence of others.