Auto makers include features in their vehicles that are aimed at safeguarding drivers and passengers in Tennessee, and elsewhere. However, when there are defects in these features, they may actually put vehicle occupants at risk. That has been the case with a number of Takata airbags that are used in a number of automobile makes and models.
The death of a 17-year-old girl in Texas was the most recent caused by the airbag defect. The teen was struck by shrapnel that was reportedly sent into her seat after her airbag deployed. The airbag inflator over fired. According to law enforcement, the frontal auto accident was relatively minor. News sources report that at least 10 others have also died as a result of the defect.
On the heels of this most recent fatality, federal regulators have ordered Takata, the airbag supplier, to recall up to 40 million more airbags. Previously, about 24 million vehicles from 14 auto manufacturers were recalled. While the latest recall order will affect nearly every major auto maker, it is unknown precisely how many vehicles will be affected.
Up to this point, less than one-third of the automobiles targeted by the first recall have been fixed. This is due to issues on Takata’s part to supply the necessary replacement parts.
Auto part defects may turn what might have been a minor collision into a serious accident. As a result, people may suffer severe injuries or death. In such situations, the vehicle or part manufacturer may be held liable for the resulting damages. Therefore, those who have been injured due to a defective auto part may benefit from consulting with an attorney to discuss their options.
Source: NBCNews.com, “Takata Airbag Recall, Largest in U.S. History, Just Got Even Bigger,” Paul A. Eisenstein, May 4, 2016