More than 7 million vehicles in the United States have been recalled in the last 18 months due to airbag defects. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the primary federal agency responsible for automotive safety, is concerned about consumers who drive vehicles with recalled Takata airbags installed.
Takata Corporation, a Japanese auto-supplier, has recalled their airbags because a defect in the inflation device can rupture the bag and wound drivers and passengers with metal shards. Takata produces nearly 25% of the airbags components in the world.
The airbags pose a serious danger to drivers and passengers. The danger is especially heightened for drivers in hot and humid states including, Florida, Puerto Rico and many southern states.
The airbag recalls are not limited to just one manufacturer, indeed the list of vehicles that have been affected is extensive and the recall notices include cars from BMW to Mitsubishi.
How Do I Check If My Car Has a Takata Airbag?
There are several ways to find out if your vehicle has a defective Takata airbag. The NHTSA has made a recall lookup website available to consumers. On the website, consumers simply need to know the brand, model and VIN of their car and all of the recall information related to their vehicle for the last 15 years will be readily available.
The NHTSA has also set up a safety hotline. To discuss your airbag concerns with a live person, call 1-885-327-4236.
The website of your auto manufacturer will also have up-to-date information about your vehicles recall information. Finally, the auto manufacturers are sending out recall notices with detailed instructions through the U.S. Postal Service. The NHTSA is urging consumers to follow the instructions closely and to bring their vehicles in for replacement parts as quickly as possible.
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Depending on your injuries due to a Takata airbag recall, you may be entitled to individual compensation and class action compensation. Our firm handles both individual personal injury lawsuits and class action lawsuits.