Automobiles these days are equipped with many safety features meant to protect us in the event of a crash. However, what happens when a defect in one of these features causes them to become a danger in and of themselves?
GM recalling 7 million vehicles
GM is recalling 7 million vehicles containing Takata airbags, linked to at least 17 fatalities in the U.S. GM had previously recalled almost 800,000 automobiles with Takata airbags, but claimed the new airbags did not recall a threat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rejected the company’s argument that their airbags were safe and ordered a recall.
The danger of Takata airbags
Takata airbags posed a danger in the event of an accident. When deployed, they would explode sending shrapnel throughout the vehicle. In addition to the fatalities, motorists and passengers have been blinded or injured due to this shrapnel. Takata airbags were initially recalled in 2014, and ultimately became the largest auto recall ever, with 63 million airbags in 40 million vehicles being recalled.
Seek legal assistance if you are injured by a recalled product
When a product that is meant to keep us safe actually harms us, it can cause physical injuries and emotional trauma. Unfortunately, sometimes recalls come too little too late for those already injured by the defective product. When this happens, injured victims will want to explore their legal rights and options, including pursuing a products liability claim if appropriate.