Recently General Motors have been getting a lot of flak for recalling more than seven million cars because of the defective ignition switch installed in these vehicles. Currently, the company is still facing a number of personal injury and product liability claims from customers that have While yes, GM have failed miserably in proactively recalling these vehicles before accidents began happening and people dying, it is important to note that vehicle recalls of late are not from GM alone.
Airbags pop and act as a supplementary restraint system (SRS) to help restrain the occupants in a vehicle from hitting a hard object in the vehicle like the steering wheel, the pillars of the vehicle while also helping lessen injuries caused by the impact in the event of a crash. But what happens when these airbags literally pop and rupture? According to an investigation conducted by the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than one million vehicles equipped with Takata Corporation-made airbags are most likely to not function properly and get ruptured. Such defeats the purpose of the safety equipment and in turn may endanger the lives of the vehicle’s occupants. Furthermore the NHTSA investigation revealed that over a million cars produced by the American Honda Motor Co, Nissan North America, Mazda Motor Corp., Chrysler Group LLC, and Toyota Motor Corporation from 2002-2006 are equipped with the questionable airbags from Takata. The thought of having a vehicle with failing vehicle safety systemscan really be quite scary.
Late Recall Again
This latest development is a serious one given that it took more than 10 years before these defects of the vehicles concerned were discovered. However, it is a good thing that such problems were indeed discovered which means it can be fixed soon and the car manufacturers involved in the recall are very proactive in helping fix their customers’ cars and have these defective parts replaced the soonest possible time.
As a consumer, people must remain vigilant over issues like these as to protect the lives of people using these vehicles. Should cars come with defects such as these everyone must remember that we have product liability laws that help protect the consumers from poorly made products. This way, the buying public will be protected from these poorly-made products and accidents can be prevented.
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