The largest automotive recall in U.S. history is underway and the danger couldn't be any greater. Takata is recalling nearly 34 million airbags, affecting 11 auto makers. About 15 of every 100 vehicles in America are included.
The suspect air bags can explode with too much force. Six deaths and over 100 injuries have been linked to the problem. Takata also signed a consent order requiring the Japanese company to cooperate with ongoing investigations.
Owners will still have to wait several days before they hear from auto makers which models are covered by the latest recalls and when repairs can be expected. It could then take months, even years, for all of the vehicles to be fixed while the company attempts to produce enough parts and dealerships can schedule service. This is likely the most complex consumer safety recall in U.S. history.
Meanwhile, how many people will be placed in harms way during this recall? It is unreasonable to expect people with vehicles possibly fitted with the airbags to leave their vehicle sitting in the driveway, unused. However, if an accident occurs and the airbag is deployed, there is the possibility of injury or death. A complex issue indeed.
More about the recall here.
The law office of T. Verner Smith is offering a free consultation with any family that has already, or in the near future, has a loved one injured (or worse) due to a suspected faulty air bag issue. Contact us at our main office at (731) 423-1888.
ALSO, many vehicles stricken with these air bags are losing their value. As a result, a class action lawsuit is being pursued. Click here for more about what the law office of T. Verner Smith is initiating and if you are affected.