The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued an urgent warning regarding defective Takata airbags. The agency singled out drivers in particularly humid climates, including Georgia, stating that humidity may be a factor in whether the faulty air bag canisters may explode during a crash.
Since 2008, there have been reports of over 100 injuries and three deaths attributed to the air bags, according to The New York Times. However, the NHTSA did not initially launch a nationwide recall on the air bags, opting for a gradual, regional expansion.
Roughly 7.8 million vehicles in the U.S. are currently affected by the massive air bag recall, which includes the following major automakers:
- Toyota – 877,000 potentially affected vehicles
- Subaru – 17,516 potentially affected vehicles
- Nissan – 694,626 potentially affected vehicles
- Mitsubishi – 11,985 potentially affected vehicles
- Mazda – 64,872 potentially affected vehicles
- Honda – 5, 051 potentially affected vehicles
- General Motors – undetermined amount
- Ford – 58, 669 potentially affected vehicles
- Chrysler – 371,309 potentially affected vehicles
- BMW – 627,615 potentially affected vehicles
Vehicle owners are strongly advised to call the NHTSA Safety Hotline 1-888-327-4236 for more information.
If you or a family member has been injured due to a defective auto product, please do not hesitate to contact the Grant Law Office. Our Georgia car accident and product liability lawyers have the experience and resources to hold auto manufacturers accountable for defectively designed products which cause harm. Call (404) 995-3955 for a free and comprehensive consultation.