Whether you are involved or not, you likely have heard something about the Takata airbag recall. Keep reading to get answers to some of the most basic questions you have. If you have more specific questions, or believe you may have grounds for a personal injury claim, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000.
What is the Takata Airbag Recall?
It is the largest – and most complex – auto recall in the history of the United States. It involves nearly 20 vehicle makers and about 63 million airbag inflators, which have been installed in tens of millions of vehicles.
The inflators were recalled when a substance in them that is used to inflate them was found to degrade in high heat and high humidity. When that happens, the airbags can rupture and metal shrapnel can be sent into the compartment of the vehicle.
What is the Latest Information?
While the recall required the company to immediately recall first-generation inflation devices, a later version was still in use and still under consideration. The company had until January 31 of 2019 to show that they were safe. The information did not prove that perfectly, but it did show that the new design was less likely to degrade than the ones that had already been recalled.
The downside is that while the data showed that these inflators do not pose immediate risks, they could present risks in a few years.
Which Vehicles Are Impacted?
As of today, the information released shows that older Volkswagen Beetles may start to have issues in a few years. It looks as though Passat vehicles may have a higher risk profile too.
What Is Being Done?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association and the Independent Testing Coalition are monitoring the situation. The parts will be tested as years go on to determine if the inflators pose a risk in the worst, most high-risk environments.
What Do I Do if My Vehicle is Recalled?
Call your local dealership. They should be able to give you information on how to have your vehicle repaired at their expense. If you are not sure if your vehicle is subject to recall, contact your dealership and ask them if there are open recalls on your vehicle. Note that in most cases, the dealership is paid for the repairs by the car manufacturer, which makes it likely that the dealership will give you accurate information.
What If I Am Injured by a Faulty Airbag?
Seek medical attention and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. You may or may not be eligible for compensation but we will consider all options for you. Now is the time to call to determine if you have a way forward.