The previous year was not the best for vehicle manufacturers and 2015 has gotten off to a poor start when it comes to recalls. As we have reported in previous blogs, several manufacturers have recalled millions of vehicles over airbag defects.
The defective Takata airbags can allegedly open with too much force and spray occupants with metal shrapnel. At least four deaths related to the defective airbags have been in the U.S., although many consumer advocates think that several people have been injured or killed because of the defective airbags, as they believe manufacturers are underreporting numbers.
Sadly, in addition to the Takata recall, recently several manufacturers, including Acura, Dodge, Jeep, Honda, Pontiac and Toyota, announced additional recalls for replacement airbags in their vehicles, as the devices allegedly began to deploy inadvertently.
As of last week, the second round of recalls involved 2.12 million Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix and Toyota Avalon models made in the early 2000s.
The airbag recall concerns alleged defects with electronic components. You can read the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) announcement about the recall by clicking here.
Sadly, in 2014, there were more than 60 million vehicles recalled in the U.S. due to a variety of safety reasons. Frankly, this number is frightening and is nearly twice as much as the previous American record.
As these ongoing recalls show, people are killed and catastrophically injured in defective motor vehicle accidents. This is not acceptable and it is why we hold manufacturers liable if they produce products that harm the public.
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Remember, if you ever have concerns about a vehicle recall, you can visit the safercar.gov website to search for information by a VIN.
Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P.
Did You Know? From 2004-14, General Motors recalled 756 individual model vehicles over specific parts, the most by a manufacturer in the U.S.