Takata airbag recall announcement that we’ve blogged about in the past has once again
made headlines. This time due to the doubling of the number of vehicles
included in the recall by Takata Corp. In total, 33.8 million vehicles have been
listed in the Takata recall, making it the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. Thus far, six
deaths have been linked to the airbag recall worldwide.
The Takata airbag recall is based on a defect that is said to shoot shrapnel
into passengers when deployed. This shrapnel includes fragments made of
metal and plastic, which can cause serious injuries and even death due
to the speeds it would strike vehicle occupants. The affective airbags
include both driver- and passenger-side airbags in automobiles manufactured
by 11 automakers. Honda vehicles are said to be most likely to contain
the defective airbags, but many other vehicle makes and models have been
affected as well. To find out if your vehicle is included in the Takata
airbag recall, check your VIN number against the
NHTSA website dedicated to this recall.
If your vehicle is listed as being affected by the shrapnel defect, you
should immediately contact a dealership to have the airbags replaced.
Any automotive dealership that sells the brand of vehicle you drive should
be able to provide assistance. Unfortunately, it may take a while to get
your defective airbags replaced due to the high volume of vehicles involved
in the recall. Older vehicles and those located in more humid states are
being treated with higher priorities at this time due to evidence supporting
that age and humidity contribute to the defects.
Separate vehicle recalls were announced recently that affect more than
1 million Ford Fusion, Fiesta and Lincoln MKZ vehicles. The largest of
the three includes 546,000 2013-2014 Fusion and MKZ vehicles, as well
as 2011-2014 model year Ford Fiesta autos. This recall is due to a latch
malfunction that may allow the vehicles’ door to open unexpectedly.
Ford Fiesta vehicles model years 2014 and 2015 are also included in a
fuel pump recall which may lead to the vehicles stalling while being operated.
This type of defect can be very dangerous to occupants, so it is important
that drivers find out whether their vehicle is included in the recall.
Automobile recalls can be a hassle, but it is fortunate that the industry
has been able to innovate safety features to such a degree that more defects
are being discovered than ever before. While the numerous vehicle recalls
in the works today may seem daunting, it is better for motor vehicle operators
to be educated and aware of safety risks than be unable to prevent accidents
from occurring. Jones & Swanson has represented many victims that
were injured due to vehicle defects, so we are hopeful that automobile
recalls will prevent many of these types of devastating accidents from
occurring in the future.