Unrepaired Defective Airbags: A Fatal Toll in California
Hundreds of thousands of California residents are still driving recalled vehicles with dangerously defective airbag inflators that could explode and spray shrapnel into the passenger compartment upon deployment. At least 11 Americans, including three Californians have been killed by the defective inflators.
The airbag recall includes vehicles from 19 different auto manufacturers, most of which are early 2000 models. According to the Airbag Coalition, the most common are 2001 and 2002 Honda Civics and Accords and 2002 and 2003 Acuras. Those particular models have a higher chance of exploding and are considered unsafe to drive. Further, southern California drivers are at additional risk due to the weather; high temperatures and humidity negatively impact the propellants in the airbag.
The highest number of unfixed cars in California is attributed to its larger population. Recall notices have been sent to owners, however it can be difficult to track down current owners if vehicles have been resold. Grassroots efforts were launched in March by Airbag Recall Southern California to educate the community about the danger of the unrepaired airbags, and to urge drivers to check their VIN numbers and schedule the free repair.
Takata, the manufacturer of the defective airbags has pledged on its website that it is “fully committed to being part of the solution.” The company has also paid a $25 million fine and established a $125 million fund for victims. Vehicle owners can check if their car is part of the recall here: www.airbagrecall.com .
If you’ve been harmed by a defective product, faulty automobile part, or other unsafe item, the Los Angeles product liability lawyers at Ellis Law can thoroughly review your case to determine if you may be entitled to compensation. With more than two decades of experience advocating for clients who’ve suffered serious injuries and financial hardships due to recalled and defective products, we will do our utmost to hold the liable parties accountable for your losses. Contact us for a free and confidential consultation at 310-641-3335.