July 5, 2016 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.
In a new federal bulletin, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a warning to drivers of more than 300,000 older Honda and Acura models. The NHTSA announced that consumers should stop driving the vehicles because of the potential deadly air bag deployments. The vehicles use the Takata airbags, which have already been recalled multiple times because of their potential to explode upon deployment.
Since 2014, about 63 million Takata airbags have been recalled in 13 different makes and models. The vehicles include: Honda Accord (2001 – 2002), Honda Civic (2001 – 2002), Honda CR-V (2002), Honda Odyssey (2002), Acura TL (2002 – 2003), Acura CL (2003), and Honda Pilot (2003).
To this point, roughly 700,000 vehicles have been fixed and 8.9 million Takata airbags have been replaced in the past year alone. It may be years before the remaining vehicles are serviced and the airbags are fixed.
After earlier recalls, Takata was ordered by the NHTSA to perform testing regarding the explosion of the airbags, which have been involved in the death of 10 people in the United States and connected to over 100 more injuries. According to the results of the new testing, the manufacturing defect increases the dangers of an airbag explosion upon deployment up to 50%.
Reports suggest that of the 260 million vehicles in the United States, roughly 20% of them contain or contained the defective Takata airbags, with some of them containing two airbags. Some of the parts are still unavailable, making it possible for the recalls to take until 2019 to be completed.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective airbag, you may have rights to take legal action. These defective airbags have resulted in numerous injuries already and the recalls are only getting bigger. Call our auto defect lawyers at Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. to better understand your potential legal options. Free consultations are available.