More than 5.83 million vehicles in the U.S. are being recalled due to the defective airbags they contain, officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced yesterday. According to this recall announcement, the owners of the vehicles impacted by this recall are urged to “act immediately” to avoid being harmed by these defective airbags.
What Makes these Defective Airbags Dangerous…
The reason that these defective airbags, which are made by Japanese company Takata, have been recalled is that they have a high risk of exploding during deployment in a car accident. This, in turn, can cause the airbags to expel small pieces of metal at the people in a vehicle. To date, at least 3 people have died due to injuries caused by these defective airbags. In one case, the fatal wounds were described to look like stab wounds.
Additionally, regulators in the U.S. have received:
- 139 consumer reports regarding injuries caused by these defective airbags
- 37 consumer reports regarding the airbags exploding.
Recall Info: Vehicles with Defective Airbags
According to the NHTSA press release about this recall, the following are the vehicles that will be affected:
- Nearly 778,200 Toyotas
- More than 2.8 million Hondas
- More than 437,700 Nissans
- More than 18,000 Mazdas
- Nearly 574,000 BMWs
- More than 133,200 General Motors vehicles.
While affected vehicles owners should receive a recall notice via the mail, they can also be proactive and check if their vehicle has one of the Takata defective airbags by using the NHTSA tool that allows you to check recalls for your vehicle based on your vehicle’s VIN number. You can access this NHTSA tool here.
If you and your vehicle are affected by this recall, you are urged to respond to it ASAP in order to remove the defective airbags.
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If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective airbag or any defective vehicle equipment, contact a Denver product liability and car accident lawyer at the Cederberg Law.
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