New problems with air bags were announced last week. Federal regulators announced that three big car makers, Toyota, Chrysler, and Honda, will recall about 2.1 million older vehicles because of air bag defects. In some cases, the air bags have been deploying when they are not supposed to.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there have been 400 reported cases of inadvertent air bag deployment in the recalled vehicles. Some minor injuries have been reported, but no known deaths. The problem with the vehicles stems from a defective chip in the air bag systems. To fix the air bags, the entire module must be replaced.
This recall is in addition to the millions of vehicles recalled because of air bags manufactured by the Takata Corporation. Those air bags can rupture in certain vehicles, which can cause metal fragments to be sprayed inside the vehicle. Although these news stories may cause you to think twice about whether or not you want to disable the air bags in your vehicle, statistics show that the odds of being involved in a crash in which the air bag could prevent serious injuries are far greater than the chances of being injured by an air bag.
The models of vehicles affected by the latest air bag recall include certain models of Jeep Libertys, Jeep Grand Cherokees, Honda Odysseys, Acura MDXs, Pontiac Vibes, Dodge Vipers, Toyota Corollas, Toyota Matrixes, and Toyota Avalons. If you own any of these vehicles, you should check with the car manufacturer to find out for sure if your vehicle has been recalled. If your car has been recalled, don't delay in getting it repaired.
If you have been injured by a defective air bag, you may be able to file a claim against the car company and the manufacturer of the air bag. To learn more, call Kennedy Hodges, a Houston personal injury law firm. Our attorneys have a lot of experience in helping injured accident victims obtain fair compensation. Call us at 713-489-9493, or you can visit our LinkedIn page to learn more.