Airbag Recall: Experts Upset Over Geographical Response

By Peter DePaolis

As we have reported recently several times in our blog, there have been more than 14 million vehicles containing Takata airbags recalled from 11 automakers. The airbag recall has occurred because they allegedly open with too much force and spray occupants with shrapnel.

In the U.S., some of the recalls have been limited to geographical areas of “absolute humidity,” such as Florida, Puerto Rico and Guam, where industry officials think the failures are most likely to occur.

This has upset many safety advocates. According to NBC News, these experts say that the geographical recalls are irresponsible and ignore the fact that many people travel across the country. One Senator reportedly said that the recall “suspends logic and common sense”.

Sadly, at least four deaths have been linked to the airbag defects. In one case, a Florida resident died after metal shards entered her neck, initially leading police to believe that she was stabbed.

According to NBC News, a typical vehicle is traded in every three to four years, with the average vehicle lasting 11 years on the road.

“To issue a selective geographic recall is absolutely irresponsible and reprehensible when people living in other states may be equally at risk,” Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said, according to NBC News.

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For more information about defective motor vehicle accidents, call our office today. It will be interesting to see how these companies move forward with litigation. Often, manufacturers will attempt to settle lawsuits with victims, who should consider obtaining effective legal counsel before agreeing to compensation.

Our attorneys are concerned about this recall. If you are ever injured due to a recalled vehicle’s mechanical failure, call us.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.