You may have heard about the Takata air bag recall. Over 19 million vehicles in the U.S., made by a variety of manufacturers, have been recalled because of defective air bags. The air bags were manufactured by Takata Corp., and are prone to explode when they are deployed, which can send shrapnel flying throughout the vehicle. Eight people have been killed in the U.S., and 100 people injured as a result of the defective air bags.
Another death over the summer as a result of the defective air bags has highlighted the problems with the recall system. Last July, a vehicle manufactured by Honda crashed in Pennsylvania and the air bag shattered, fatally injuring the driver, who was a minor. Between 2010 and 2012, Honda made multiple attempts to notify the owner of that vehicle about the faulty air bag. A day before the accident, Honda mailed another recall notice to the owner.
Currently, only about 70 percent of vehicles that are covered under recalls are repaired. For older vehicles, the rate of repairs is even lower, about 50 to 60 percent. Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has taken steps to speed up this recall, many vehicles with defective air bags have not been repaired. Some of this is because the consumer is either not aware of or concerned about the recall, and in some cases the automobile manufacturers do not have the necessary parts available to perform the repair work.
It’s critical that you ensure that your vehicle has all repair work performed. You can check to see if your vehicle is on any recall lists at safercar.gov. If you have been injured in an accident that occurred because of a vehicle defect, you can legally hold the manufacturer responsible. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707, or visit us on our Facebook page.