Will automakers take responsibility for Takata airbag injuries?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, automakers will hold the "ultimate responsibility" for financing the costs associated with repairing the millions of deadly Takata Corp-made airbags still being found in U.S. vehicles. Auto regulators are particularly concerned about over 300,000 older cars that were recalled but still haven't been fixed.

According to analysts, these unfixed airbags have a striking 50 percent chance of erupting in the event of a collision. If the bags erupt, they could shoot hot metal shrapnel throughout the passenger compartments of the affected vehicles. This shrapnel has so far killed 11 people in the United States. Takata airbags might have caused more deaths, and there is pending litigation, but these 11 have been confirmed by U.S. regulators thus far.

Since Honda is the manufacturer of most of the 300,000 vehicles known to not be fixed yet, the company has taken the proactive step of conducting home visits to the residences of those who own its model 2001 to 2003 cars. These vehicles, according to the NHTSA, have the highest risk of having an airbag explosion.

Approximately 70 million automobiles with Takata airbag issues have been recalled. This means that the reality of locating and repairing each of these vehicles will be impossible and many dangerous airbags will remain on the roads endangering their drivers and passengers. If you believe that you or a family member have been injured by a faulty airbag, a personal injury attorney may be able to assist you in seeking legal claims for financial restitution and justice in civil court.

Source: Reuters, "Automakers are responsible for Takata air bag recalls: NHTSA," Joseph White, Nov. 02, 2016

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