Automakers across the world are bracing for the worst after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a stern warning directed at car owners with potentially defective airbags. According to a recent ABC News.com report, the canister that sits in the center of the airbag could potentially be over-pressurized when the airbag deploys. The additional pressure could basically turn the canister into an explosive device that has the potential of sending shrapnel everywhere.
The NHTSA believes that more than four million vehicles could be affected. They include Toyota, Mazda, General Motors, BMW and Honda models built between 2000 and 2006. Moreover, car owners in warm, humid climates such as Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands were particularly at risk. However, it is likely that car owners in Pennsylvania could be affected as well.
Recalls are important for consumers and automakers alike. For consumers, a recall may be something that prevents an accident and possible injuries. For automakers, a recall can be an opportunity to fulfill their legal obligation to inform consumers of dangerous defects, as well as a chance to make sure that they do not harm consumers.
After all, if an automaker fails in its duty to inform consumers or to take reasonable steps to correct defects, and a driver or passenger is injured by such a defect, the automaker could be held liable for the injuries. In essence, those injured by the defect could seek money damages from the automaker for pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages.
If you have questions about your rights after being injured due to an auto defect, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help.