Airbag Defects Are More Common Than You’d Think

Airbags are built into vehicles to protect you. However, the same devices meant to protect you may be the cause of injury.

Earlier this year, the Takata Corp., a Japanese maker of vehicle safety parts used in many vehicle brands found that their airbags can rupture when deployed and shatter metal shards at the driver and passengers. In recent years, more than 16 million vehicles have been recalled due to faulty airbags. Continue reading to learn about airbag defects and the steps you should be taking to prevent injury.

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Recalled Vehicles

Recalled vehicles for faulty airbags include various makes and models from the following: BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. To view the complete list of recalled vehicles, click here.

What to Do if Your Vehicle is Recalled

If your car has been recalled, your car company is required to send a letter to you notifying you of the recall.  The letter should include information about the defect, how the manufacturer plans to correct the problem and instructions for the next steps you should be taking in order to fix your vehicle.

Will I Be Charged to Fix My Vehicle?

No. The manufacturer is responsible for any repairs that must be made to fix the defect. Simply bring your vehicle into the local dealer to set up an appointment to repair your defected vehicle.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a recalled airbag, do not hesitate to contact our professional attorneys at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss. Our talented team of attorneys will work with you to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

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