David Perecman Joins Lawmakers Pushing for Expanded Recall of Defective Airbags

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New York auto accident lawyer David Perecman of The Perecman Firm urges the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to recall all potentially defective airbags, not just the ones in humid states.

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Drivers who find that their vehicles have been recalled should take them to the dealer immediately, no matter where they live.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration put out a major recall notice on October 20 for defective airbags and urged people whose cars are equipped with them to take action immediately. More than 7 million vehicles are involved in the recall, said he press release issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on October 22.

The renewed warning is linked to the potential for the inflator mechanisms in the air bags to explode, causing metal shrapnel to shoot out and hit vehicle occupants when the bags are deployed. According to The Washington Post (10.23.14), defective airbags were linked to four deaths and more than 100 injuries.

Automakers mainly focused their urgent recalls in Southern states since it was believed that the problem was related to extended exposure to consistently high humidity and temperatures, said the NHTSA.

Attorney at Law David Perecman, founder of [The Perecman Firm, and a number of lawmakers in Congress said that every defective airbag should be recalled, not just those in the South, even if it means more than 20 million devices need to be replaced.

“Drivers who find that their vehicles have been recalled should take them to the dealer immediately, no matter where they live,” said Perecman. “It is unacceptable for people to be driving defective cars that could be dangerous.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration now points to ten automakers that used airbags made by the Takata Company in Tokyo, Japan. These manufacturers are BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.

Car owners who want to check whether their vehicle is impacted by the Takata recalls should go to the [NHTSA recall site.

“If there are not enough replacement inflators for the recalled vehicles, as the NHTSA has said, the alternative should be a loaner car with safe airbags,” said Perecman. “People should be able to protect themselves and continue to drive. Driving with the defective airbags will never be safe.”

The Washington Post story cited is “Defective air bags raise questions about automakers’ ability to handle gigantic recall.”

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, personal injury, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of product liability and personal injury cases. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2014. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.

The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.

**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million    
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout

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