The Takata air bag scandal has gone on for more than two years and expanded into the largest recall in history in this country.
Alarmingly, millions of drivers are still traveling around with airbags that could explode causing deaths or serious injuries.
The air bag recall by the Takata Corp. has grown so massive that vehicle owners face waiting months for repairs, reported the Los Angeles Times.
While some dealerships have offered rental cars during the wait, others are reluctant. Meanwhile, many drivers may be unaware their vehicles are subjected to recalls.
The air bag saga has grown into the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. It’s not the kind of issue that should be ignored.
Air bag inflators in 28.8 million cars may propel metal shrapnel into drivers and passengers. Often the air bags can deploy after a mere fender bender. To date, 10 people in the U.S. have been killed by the explosions and more than 100 have been injured.
In April, the Los Angeles Times warned this massive recall may expand by 85 million cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles if Takata can’t prove that the air bags in these vehicles safe.
Deadly Air Bags Remain a Hazard in Georgia
Should drivers in Georgia be worried? Certainly. Most of the serious accidents have occurred in states with humid climates. These conditions are more likely to activate the inflators.
The Takata recall is complicated because the Japanese company’s air bags are used in so many models of car.
The recall impacts cars, trucks, and SUVs for model years 2000 through 2015 by 16 different automotive brands.
In June, the Daily News reported as many as two-thirds of Takata’s 46.2 million recalled airbags in the United States have still not been repaired.
Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson blamed President Donald Trump’s delay in hiring a new National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator.
However, the recalls began more than two years before Trump was elected as president.
The summer has made the issue more urgent. The pressure is on manufacturers to repair defective ammonium-nitrate inflators because heat and humidity are likely to cause explosions in places like Florida and Georgia.
People who are injured by these air bags may have grounds to file lawsuits against Takata and the car manufacturers. For more details, call the Law Offices of Michael West at (404) 913-1529.