Takata Corp., a popular supplier of vehicle airbags, recalled more than 33.8 million units, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Concerns have grown that owners are simply ignoring the warning signs. Autotrader discovered that only 56% of car owners, who were notified of a recall, actually took their vehicles in to be repaired. It also found that only 61% of consumers keep themselves updated on vehicle recalls.
Takata’s defective air bag recall is the largest reported recall alert in automobile history, affecting several major manufacturers such as Ford, General Motors, BMW, Chrysler, Honda, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Nissan, Subaru and Daimler Trucks. According to auto-safety activist, Sean Kane, 77% of Takata airbags have resulted in serious injury or death. Florida vehicles are especially at risk because the Takata inflators seem to be susceptible to the high humidity and hotter temperatures in Florida.
If you would like to find out about possible recalls on the vehicle you currently own or may want to purchase, the NHTSA houses an online database of all auto recalls, where you can access that information. The database allows you to easily search by your model’s vehicle identification number, also known as a VIN. You can also register your vehicle with the NHTSA, so if any safety recalls or issues arise, you will be notified automatically. The NHTSA even has a user friendly app that you can download for immediate notifications and complaint submissions.
Please Take Note When A Major Auto Recall Notice Has Been Made
Defective motor vehicles endanger the lives of drivers, passengers and others on the road. If you or a loved one have suffered injury or death as the result of a Takata airbag, defective motor vehicle or manufacturing error, it is important that you contact an experienced Orlando Automobile Defect / Product Liability Lawyer immediately. Our experienced team of product liability and accident attorneys can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in greater detail.