The year 2014 hasn't been an easy one for automakers. Although there's
still a little less than two months left, this year has already seen a
record-setting number of vehicle recalls –
over 56 million in the United States. That's equal to more than three times the amount
of new cars and trucks Americans will purchase this year.
While safety recalls, for one reason or another, are common in the automotive
industry, vehicle recalls this year have been unprecedented and concerning.
Highly publicized recalls from auto giants such as General Motors –
including GM's faulty ignition switch defect – have been linked
to a number of injuries and deaths. As cause for more concern, millions
of additional vehicles have been recalled for issues related to defective airbags.
Vehicle Owners Urged to Take Immediate Action
The defective airbags, manufactured by the Japanese auto parts giant Takata
Corporation, have been found to malfunction, rip open, and tear apart
during deployment. This can cause shrapnel from the airbags to shoot out
toward drivers and passengers. Defective Takata airbags have been associated
with several fatal incidents and a number of injuries, and have prompted
recalls for roughly 7.8 million U.S. vehicles.
Because the defective airbags place drivers and passengers at risk, the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a consumer
advisory in late October
urging owners of recalled vehicles to take immediate action, bring their
cars in, and have the airbags replaced. As with all safety recalls, there should be no cost for this service.
Recalled vehicles include various models of cars and trucks from the following
- General Motors
You can see the full list of recalled vehicle makes and models on the NHTSA
consumer advisory. You can also use the NHTSA VIN search feature to find
out if your vehicle is affected by the recall.
Tom Rhodes Law Firm P.C. is dedicated to fighting on behalf of victims
and families who
suffer harm as a result of defective products. If you have questions about defective airbags or your rights after an
auto accident, contact a San Antonio
personal injury lawyer from our firm for a FREE case review.