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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Takata Airbag Recall Update

The Takata airbag recall is still making headlines, as the recall has expanded to include more than 34 million cars in the U.S., affecting roughly 1 out of every 7 cars. Takata supplies airbags for ten different automakers, and the faulty airbags can cause injury or even death. Honda is among the brands most affected, with roughly 14.4 million vehicles recalled to date and more anticipated to come.

Experts are still investigating the root cause, but this issue is especially important to those of us living south of Atlanta because initial data shows that the faulty airbags are more likely to deteriorate and deploy without warning in hot, humid climates. Because Georgia's climate is known for our heat and high humidity during the summer, Georgia residents are at higher risk.

When I first blogged about this topic last year, Takata did not have enough airbags on hand to replace the millions of cars affected, and one “recommended temporary fix” was to turn off the airbags altogether. It’s likely that airbags and seatbelts have saved more lives than other safety features, and turning off airbags puts drivers and passengers at increased risk of injury in the event of an accident.

The supply of replacement airbags is still not enough to keep up with the demand. Recent reports indicate Toyota will replace the front driver-side air-bag inflators with new parts produced by Daicel Corp. However, Takata continues to supply replacement parts for the front passenger-side air-bag inflators because compatible parts from a different supplier are not readily available.

According to Consumer Reports, many affected by the recall have learned that it may take weeks - or even months - for replacement air bags to arrive. Automakers should be prioritizing replacements for areas with high temperatures and humidity – especially with summer fast approaching.

Is your car affected by the Takata airbag recall? Click here to access the NHTSA’s online tool that shows whether your vehicle is affected by a recall.If you have been injured by a faulty product and need an experienced personal injury attorney to advise on the best course of action, contact Andrew Gebhardt today for a free consultation at agebhardt@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864.

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