The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released a public statement urging anyone whose vehicle has been recalled due to a defective airbag to get their vehicle fixed immediately.
In June 2014, Honda, Mazda and Nissan recalled nearly three million vehicles worldwide due to these faulty airbags. Since then, the number has grown and includes General Motors, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Toyota models. Since the investigation, the NHTSA has noted at least six instances in which the airbag inflators ruptured and sent metal shrapnel flying out. The defect has allegedly led to the deaths of two people as well.
“Responding to these recalls, whether old or new, is essential to personal safety and it will help aid our ongoing investigation into Takata airbags, said NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman.
Local auto dealerships have been fielding calls from vehicle owners, and some are still waiting for repair parts. Anyone who is unsure about whether or not their vehicle has been recalled should visit the NHTSA website and search by their vehicles identification number (VIN).
If you or someone you love has been injured due to a defective vehicle, the victim may be eligible to file a claim for damages they have suffered.
The Cincinnati personal injury lawyers at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy offer free case reviews and can help you determine what your legal rights are.