Recalls that have been issued to address some serious problems with airbags have not effectively resolved the issues or protected the public, officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have recently noted.
In fact, these previous airbag defect recalls, which were issued in 2012, 2013 and 2014, have been found to have not fixed the faulty electronic components that could result in airbags (as well as seat belt pretensioners, which tighten belts during collisions) deploying unexpectedly – and outside of collision situations.
As the NHTSA reports, regulators have been alerted to at least 40 cases in which the people who responded to the first rounds of recalls and had allegedly had their vehicles’ airbags fixed still ended up experiencing unexpected airbag deployment.
Follow Up Airbag Defect Recall: The Details
This follow up airbag defect recall specifically:
- Pertains to faulty electronic components made by TRW
- Impacts vehicles made from 2002 to 2004 (with the impacted vehicles reportedly including Acura MDX vehicles, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty vehicles, Honda Odyssey SUVs, Pontiac Vibe vehicles and Toyota Avalon, Corolla and Matrix vehicles)
- Was issued after regulators reviewed data and reports from consumers and carmakers regarding the efficacy of previously issued recalls related to these defects.
Additionally, NHTSA regulators have pointed out that:
- Some of the impacted vehicles in this follow up airbag defect recall may also contain faulty Takata airbags, which can cause shrapnel-like pieces of metal to be hurled at vehicle occupants upon airbag deployment – and which can result in fatal injuries.
- Responding to this recall as soon as possible will be crucial to staying safe and avoiding airbag defect-related accidents and injuries.
While NHTSA officials have published some FAQs regarding this follow up airbag defect recall (which you can review here), some federal safety officials have already come forward to speak out about the importance of compliance and public safety regarding vehicle recalls.
In particular, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has stated that, “keeping the traveling public safe is our number one priority, and we expect the manufacturers to get this remedy right to prevent injury to drivers and their families.”
Contact a Denver Product Liability Lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been injured by an airbag defect or any faulty or dangerous piece of vehicle equipment, contact a Denver product liability lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm to find out more about your best options for financial recovery.
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