Known Defective Airbags Being Installed In New Cars
A new congressional report reveals damning evidence that carmakers continue to install known defective airbags in new cars despite the knowledge that the airbags are defective, as reported by NPR. This new report shows that despite the fact the United States Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently recalled an additional 35-40 million airbag inflators produced the Takata company, four automakers (Fiat Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Volkswagen) continue to install the defective airbags in new vehicles. This recall, a part of the largest in history, has affected over 700 million vehicles since it began.
Deadly Defective Parts
The airbags installed in the affected cars are defective due to an accelerant used to achieve rapid inflation in the event that an airbag is triggered. Airbags are a safety feature required by law to be installed in cars work by rapidly inflating in the event of a collision. The rapid inflation slows down the momentum of the driver, helping to prevent serious injury and death during front facing collisions.
In the defective airbags produced by Takata, the chemical agent used to cause rapid inflation breaks down over time due to improper production techniques. As a result, the chemicals become unstable. This means that when the airbag activates, rather than saving lives and preventing injury, it actually shoots potentially deadly shrapnel through the airbag and into the driver of the car. To date, the defective airbags have been linked to over 100 injuries and 10 deaths in the United States.
Product Liability and Auto Accidents
When a product is defective, the manufacturer, the distributor and the designer may all be liable based on a legal theory known as product liability. Individuals harmed by the defective product can hold the people involved in the production responsible for the injuries that they have inflicted.
To use the defective airbags as an example, a driver injured in an auto collision may not only have a claim against the parties involved for medical injuries and property damage to the car, but may also have a claim against the airbag manufacturer if the airbag produced additional injuries that otherwise would not have been present.
Simply because a defective product was released into the marketplace and injured people in the past does not automatically mean that a producer will be held liable. Businesses have a strong financial incentive to fight claims about defective products and protect their interests and reputation. Product liability claims are hotly contested in court and it takes zealous representation in order to succeed against large corporations.
Contact Experienced Attorneys Today
If you have been injured in an auto accident, regardless of whether or not you believe that a defective airbag caused you unnecessary injury, contact the Law Offices of Judy Guice in Biloxi, Mississippi. You will be represented by experienced and skilled attorneys familiar with both products liability claims and personal injury claims in auto accidents. Call today for a free consultation at (228) 374-9787 or visit them online.