Amanda Perez of Rubenstein Law
When you think of airbags, you think of safety, security, and protection. Now a ‘days, advanced frontal airbags use sophisticated sensing devices to provide the right level of protection to drivers and front seat passengers in the event of a crash. Even more so, frontal air bags have saved over 25,000 lives between 1987 and 2008. Sounds pretty reliable, don’t you think?
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for two Honda drivers whose deaths were caused by faulty airbags installed on their vehicles. It was reported that the airbags, made by Japanese manufacturer Takata, had faulty inflators that exploded, throwing metal parts from the airbag assembly toward drivers and passengers.
A worldwide estimate of cars affected by Takata-related recalls range from twelve million to seventeen million. The recalls involve ten automakers including Honda, Toyota, and General Motors. About eight million of those recalls are in the United States. Consumers impacted by the recalls should have their vehicles serviced promptly once they receive notification from their vehicle manufacturer.
Important information to help you stay safe in a vehicle with airbags:
• Always wear your seat belt.
• Place children of 12 years and younger in the back seat. The rear seat is the safest for children.
• If you have an airbag ON-OFF switch, check its position every time you enter your vehicle. A survey showed that 48% of these ON-OFF switches were incorrectly left ON for child passengers under the age of 13.
If you or a loved one has suffered damages by a defective product, please call Rubenstein Law today at 1-800-FL-LEGAL. Our skilled lawyers are experienced in Product Liability Law and can help you protect yourself and your family. We have offices in Broward, Miami, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach.