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3 deaths, 100 injuries result from defective airbags

Most people in Nashville trust that, should an injury occur due to auto defects, it will come to the attention of the authorities and be dealt with swiftly. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In some situations recalls are not issued promptly, and as a result preventable injuries and deaths may occur.

Three deaths and at least 100 injuries have been caused by defective airbags manufactured by Takata, a Japanese auto supplier. The problem was initially brought to the attention of Takata in 2004, but recalls did not begin until 2008. Thus far over 11 million vehicles have been recalled in the United States alone.

The recall process for this auto defect has called into question the ability of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to properly identify and address safety problems. The agency recently issued a warning to owners of cars affected by these defective airbags, stating that the vehicles needed to be repaired immediately. Because car manufacturers did not have sufficient parts to make these repairs, consumers were faced with substantial wait times.

Also problematic is the fact that the recalls are limited to areas with high humidity, as the defect has been tied to vehicles' exposure to these types of environments. Two U.S. senators have criticized this, stating that the recall should be expanded across the country because every state experiences humidity at some point in the year.

Those who have been injured due to a defect like the one discussed above may want to pursue civil litigation against the car's manufacturer. This can address not only the financial and emotional issues that stem from the incident, but can also help victims put the incident behind them.

Source: The New York Times, "Takata Airbag Recall Faces Rising Scrutiny," Hiroko Tabuchi and Aaron M. Kessler, Oct. 22, 2014 

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