Takata airbags have been a problem for more than ten years now, but despite a plethora of evidence that the airbags are dangerous, General Motors (GM) is asking U.S. safety regulators to delay the recall of nearly 1 million vehicles.
When Did Problems With Takata Airbags Start?
The first reported death caused by a Takata airbag occurred in 2004. These airbags deploy with such great force that pieces of metal can be blown into the vehicle. Despite this incident, Takata did not begin issuing recalls until 2008. The defective airbags caught the attention of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) who is investigating the circumstances surrounding the defective automotive component part.
Takata Airbag Recalls
Since 2008, millions of vehicles have been recalled because of the defective airbags, but GM doesn’t believe their cars should be subject to a recall. The company believes that “unique design features” make the airbags safe for consumers. To reassure consumers, the company hired an independent consultant to conduct tests on the airbags in GM vehicles, but it will take a year to see any results. While the company waits for these testing results to determine the safety of its airbags, it wants consumers to wait too.
Texas Drivers Are Particularly Vulnerable
Research has found that hot and humid climates can increase the likelihood of shrapnel exploding upon deployment of an airbag. This means drivers around the Gulf Coast are particularly vulnerable to the dangers of exploding Takata airbags.
Both Takata and GM have a responsibility to provide reasonably safe cars. When manufacturers issue a recall, they must attempt to notify all owners by mail or phone. However, some drivers might not receive any notice due to out-of-date contact information and other intervening factors. If you are unsure whether or not your vehicle has been recalled, search NHTSA’s recall checker. Manufacturers are required to provide you with a fix to the defective part free of charge.
Lubbock, Texas Takata Airbag Attorneys
More than 100 people have been injured or killed by defective Takata airbags. If you or someone you love suffered an airbag injury, you need the help of an experienced automotive defect attorney. Liggett Law Group has advocated for the rights of injured Texas consumers for over 20 years. Call us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.