Almost 70 million Takata airbags in the U.S. have been part of a recall since 2014, and have reached the record for the largest auto recall to date.
Findings of a September 30 crash in California, has brought the total number of airbag fatalities to 11 and 100 injured. These numbers were released following the conclusion of an investigation conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Thursday, October 20.
The defect, especially in humid environments, causes the airbags to explode, raining bits of metal across anyone in the front seat. Responders have described the injuries as similar to gun or knife wounds.
The recall covers almost one in every seven cars in the nation and a majority of the vehicles with accidents have been from 2001 to 2003. Honda is frantically urging their consumers to avoid using the vehicles but being that there will not be enough airbag replacements until a couple years from now, many people are still using their old cars. Unfortunately, the U.S. Senate has found that some new cars are receiving the defective airbags.
If a company is aware of a defect and has recalled the product that may cause grievous injury or death, they are responsible for the replacement of parts. If a company cannot deliver on this, your accident or death may be on their hands. Contact one of our attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 to discuss your legal options regarding your personal injury due to a car defect.