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Over 12 Million Vehicles Are Being Investigated For Faulty Airbags

An airbag is a device in a vehicle that is designed to inflate after an impact to prevent the driver from hitting his or her face or chest on the car’s steering wheel. They are typically installed on the passenger side of the automobile as well. Hence, it stops the rider from hitting their head on the dash or windshield. A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that airbags saved the lives of 50,457 people from 1987 to 2017. The investigation reveals that the units were responsible for saving an estimated 2,790 vehicle occupants, which were 13 years of age or older in 2017 alone.

With stats like these, it is easy to see why this equipment is so necessary. After all, car accidents are not forgiving, with or without airbags. People get injured in such incidents each and every day all across the United States, including right here in Florida. At fault drivers, and victims that did nothing wrong, can sustain damages. Things such as loss of life, broken bones, brain injuries, internal bleeding, and more can become part of the equation.

Sometimes, something else leads to the wounds being more severe than they might have been though. For instance, the Takata Corporation has long been in the news due to exploding airbag canisters. The company is part of the largest auto recall in U.S. history. Why? Well, upon bursting, these units send shrapnel throughout the vehicle’s cab. They are responsible for killing at least 15 people in the United States as well as injuring hundreds of folks around the world.

These Canisters Are Still A Problem Today

Plenty of cars, trucks, and SUVs have been recalled in the past as Takata parts were installed in them. Honda is no stranger to the situation, and recently, they issued another recall on approximately 1.1 million vehicles that have the defective canisters. Apparently, moisture inside the unit might lead to accelerated propellant degradation. In other words, upon airbag deployment, higher than designed pressure can occur, which leads to the components exploding.

A New Issue With Airbags

The federal government has been investigating vehicles that have ZF-TRW airbag control units. This examination now includes an extra 12.3 million certain models from Kia, Honda, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler, Mitsubishi, and Hyundai. Unlike the Takata canister dilemma, these units may fail to inflate during a crash. An electrical overstress condition exists, which means the device receives too much voltage. Thus, a malfunction occurs.

The current study is an extension of a previous probe of 425,000 vehicles. However, the NHTSA has not issued a recall as of yet. Still, it may only be a matter of time before the organization does. It is a good idea for owners of these cars to keep a close eye on the situation. Then, if the companies mentioned above start recalling specific models, owners should get them fixed as quickly as possible to avoid disaster.

Get The Legal Assistance That You Deserve

If you or a loved one sustain injuries in a car crash, and faulty equipment is to blame, don’t go it alone as manufacturers have legal teams on standby just waiting to discredit such claims. They bend and twist the truth in an attempt to make the damages out to be not as severe as they really are. Additionally, they try to delay the proceedings hoping that the victim runs out of money. Then, they can usually get them to settle for a low-ball amount.

Our auto accident attorneys know the complex Florida legal system inside and out. The firm has an outstanding reputation in the legal community and insurance industry. So, don’t delay any longer. Instead, contact us and get the assistance that you need and deserve today.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

Over 12 Million Vehicles Are Being Investigated For Faulty Airbags

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