Recall Issued for 7.8 Million Vehicles Affected by Defective Takata Airbags
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a consumer advisory for 7.8 million model year 2000-2011 vehicles. The affected vehicles are believed to have a defective airbag inflation system which upon deployment causes the bags to explode and potentially injure cabin occupants with flying metal shrapnel. At least four deaths and several injuries have been connected to the defective airbags, manufactured by Takata.
The following vehicle manufacturers are recalling thousands of select models and model year vehicles.
- General Motors
The defect in the deployment system of the Takata airbags is believed to be connected to exposure to high temperatures and humidity. Vehicle owners in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the coastal areas of states bordering the Gulf of Mexico, and other high humidity and heat areas should check the recall list and contact their dealership immediately to have the airbag system inspected.
A full list of the defective models and model years can be found on the NHTSA’s consumer advisory page. If you believe you drive a defective vehicle, do not wait to receive the recall notice in the mail, contact your local associate immediately to schedule an appointment for an inspection and repair, if necessary. It is especially important for owners of secondhand vehicles to watch the SaferCar.gov website for the latest vehicle recall notices. If you purchased your vehicle used, you may not receive the mailed notices of recall, increasing the risk of suffering injury or death due to a hazardous defect.
In the wake of the multi-recall issues concerning General Motors’ ignition switch systems, consumers should be extra cautious to research a new vehicle, used or new, to ensure it is not on any recall lists. Once a recall is issued, dealerships are liable for honoring the repair or replacement request of vehicle owners with makes and models affected by the recall.
If you suffered injury in a car accident from a defective Takata airbag, please contact the Disability Help Group at 1-(800)-800-3332 to learn about your legal rights and options for recovery.