Most cars on the road have airbags. These are devices that were meant to help protect people in the event of an accident. One airbag manufacturer, Takata Corp., has made millions of airbags for car manufacturers around the world. Recently, faulty airbags have been reported in many different makes and models of cars with airbags from this manufacturer. The reports indicate that some of these airbags could explode, sending metal shrapnel into the car, driver and passengers.
According to reports, the airbags are now being recalled in more than 3 million cars, from four car manufacturers, so far. Because these airbags are used by so many automakers around the globe, there could be many more recalls to come. While no deaths have been linked to these airbags with exploding propellant canisters, a dangerous explosion like this could contribute to wrongful deaths if a person doesn’t hear of the recall on their vehicle and is involved in an accident with airbag deployment.
Although these airbags only malfunction in the event of an accident where the airbag is triggered, people’s lives could still be put at risk. What might have been a minor accident could turn very deadly because of a defect in manufacturing.
People who lose a loved one because of negligence might be wise to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who handles wrongful death cases. They can help a family understand their rights and help them seek justice for their loved one. Compensation might be sought to help a family plan for their financial future and help to properly honor their loved one.
Source: LA Times, “Huge recall for Honda, Toyota, more: Airbags can spray shrapnel,” Jerry Hirsch, April 11, 2013
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