At least four people have died when inflator mechanisms ruptured on the air bags, spraying the passengers with metal fragments.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 22, 2014
According to an article published by The Washington Post on Oct. 20, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recalled some 4.7 million vehicles Monday for an airbag defect that has been linked to at least four deaths.
“At least four people have died when inflator mechanisms ruptured on the air bags, spraying the passengers with metal fragments,” The Washington Post reports.
The airbags, which are made by Takata, have been used in certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles. According to NHTSA, the airbag recall affects nearly 12 million vehicles worldwide.*
On Oct. 21 NHTSA issued a consumer advisory, urging owners of recalled to vehicles to “act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata vehicles.”
NHSTA noted that vehicle owners in the following areas should be particularly quick to act on the recall: Florida, Puerto Rico, limited areas near the Gulf of Mexico in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Louisiana, as well as Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawaii.
“Responding to these recalls, whether old or new, is essential to personal safety and it will help aid our ongoing investigation into Takata airbags and what appears to be a problem related to extended exposure to consistently high humidity and temperatures,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman. “However, we’re leaving no stone unturned in our aggressive pursuit to track down the full geographic scope of this issue.”*
For a complete list of vehicles affected by the airbag recall, see the consumer advisory report. Consumers that are unsure whether their vehicles are included in the recall can contact their manufacturer.
“Consumers that receive a recall notice should contact the dealer right away to schedule an appointment to have the defective airbags fixed,” said Melinda Helbock, Founder of The Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. “The defect has already been linked to four deaths and could potentially be linked to more.”
In light of the recall, The Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. is announcing that it is reviewing potential injury claims on behalf of individuals and families affected by defective auto parts. For more information about the firm or to schedule a consultation with a personal injury lawyer from the firm, visit the firm's website.
About The Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C.
The Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. is a San Diego-based personal injury firm that represents individuals and families harmed by negligence. The firm represents clients in severe injury and loss caused by defective auto parts and other consumer products. For more information, visit http://www.helbocklaw.com/.