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NHTSA Issues Consumer Advisory Warning Over Defective Takata Airbags, Urges Vehicle Owners to Take Action

By: Allan M. Siegel

In the past year and a half, automakers have recalled millions of vehicles due to problems with airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation, an automotive parts company headquartered in Japan. As the problem continues to grow and more manufacturers issue recalls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stepped forward to issue a consumer advisory. The October 22nd advisory urges consumers with vehicles that have been recalled due to defective airbags to take immediate action and replace the airbag.

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According to the NHTSA, nearly 8 million U.S. vehicles have been recalled for issues involving Takata airbags. The underlying issue is still under investigations, but auto manufacturers and federal officials have publicly stated that the airbags can malfunction and rupture when deployed. When this happens, drivers and passengers in vehicles can be struck by parts of the airbag. Several deaths and a number of injuries have been associated with the defective Takata airbags.

The NHTSA strongly urges consumers to bring their recalled vehicles for service as soon as possible. Affected vehicles include certain models from the following automakers:

  • Toyota
  • Honda
  • Mazda
  • BMW
  • Nissan
  • Mitsubishi
  • Subaru
  • Chrysler
  • Ford
  • General Motors

Because investigators believe that there is a problem involving extended exposure to high humidity and temperatures, the agency also stressed urgency for vehicle owners in certain parts of the country, including: Florida, Puerto Rico, Gulf Areas near Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Hawaii. Consumers who are unsure if they have a recalled vehicle can view the NHTSA advisory, visit their manufacturer's website, or search their VIN number online.

Statistics show that 2014 has seen the most automobile recalls of any year – a record-setting 56 million recalled vehicles. This equates to roughly more than three times the number of new cars and trucks purchases in the U.S. this year. If you are concerned about this issue, this article has helpful information to make sure you're safe from recalls with your current car, cars you plan to buy, and rental cars.

At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our Washington, DC injury lawyers have helped many victims harmed during preventable auto accidents, including accidents involving defective auto parts. If you would like more information about Takata airbag defects, auto product liability, or your rights after a car accident, contact our legal team today for a free case evaluation.