Posted by riversidecaraccidentlaw - March 29, 2017 11:28 am
According to a coalition of civic and community leaders, hundreds of thousands of California motorists are risking serious injury or death because they’re still operating vehicles with faulty Takata airbag inflators. The group held a conference at Los Angeles Trade Technical College in downtown Los Angeles. Defective Takata air bags could potentially send a blast of jagged shrapnel into the vehicle’s passenger compartment. Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price stated that “the ongoing air bag inflator recall is the largest auto recall in U.S. history, and it demands immediate attention, especially here in Southern California.”
Takata is a Japanese automobile-part manufacturer which first recalled some of its air bags nearly 10 years ago due to rupture risks. However by late 2014, the recall expanded to millions of vehicles around the world. According to Consumer Reports, currently more than 42 million vehicles in the United States alone have been affected by the air bag recall. Back in January the company agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and wire fraud charges after being accused of deceiving automakers regarding the safety of their products. Takata is expected to pay a $1 billion penalty as a result.
According to officials, “more than 1 million defective airbag inflators in Southern California remain unrepaired.” At least 11 Americans, including three Californians have been killed by the faulty product and an estimated around 180 Americans have sustained serious injuries. For motorists in Southern California, the risk is especially high since the summer temperatures can exacerbate the hair-trigger defect in Takata inflators.
Individuals who have a defective air bag in their vehicles should have already received a notification via mail, but you can also see if your vehicle is affected at airbagrecall.com. If you or a loved one has been injured by an airbag or any defective product, call The Law Offices of Arash Khorsandi today at 951-223-8532 for a free consultation.