Six people have been killed and more than 100 have been injured worldwide by the defective airbags, according to NBC News. The bags explode with too much force, sending metal particles like shrapnel flying into drivers’ and passengers’ faces and bodies. Both front and side airbags can be defective.
The crisis has resulted in the largest auto recall in the history of the National Highway Transportation Administration. Cars with defective airbags include models made by most of the 10 top car dealers in the world. Defective bags can be found in some cars dating back to the 2001 model year. Autos equipped with the defective airbags include some models made by Honda, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.
Anyone injured in an accident by an exploding airbag should call attorney Wayne Wright immediately. Lawyers with the Wayne Wright law firm are ready and qualified to step up and represent victims against Takata Corporation, the Japanese company that manufactured the faulty airbags.
Honda and Takata have known about the defect since at least 2008, according to CBS News. As yet, the company has been unable to determine the cause of the defect that causes the airbags to explode.
The National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) issued the 34 million car recall on May 19, 2015. It has been battling with Takata for more than a year, trying to get the company to include all cars with the potentially deadly defect in the recall. This latest recall, to which Takata has just agreed, covers all the suspected cars.
NHTSA is currently working with the Japanese airbag manufacturer to speed up the repairs. The federal agency says it may take up to two years to remove all defective airbags from cars currently on American roads. Takata has expanded its airbag production. But so far the company has been unable to meet the demand for replacements. Competitors have been asked to help.
For more information about affected models, worried auto owners can visit safercar.gov and click on the VIN tool to look up their model car. Meanwhile, Wayne Wright urges auto owners not to disconnect their airbags. Owners who find their cars on the recall list should contact the car dealer immediately.