Many individuals put a great deal of thought into the purchase of an automobile. While a person may have a partial interest in areas such as fuel efficiency and style, the safety of a vehicle is often a crucial factor in the decision-making process. Vehicles that have defective products have been the cause of countless injuries and/or deaths over the years. The recent discovery of defective airbags has led to the recall of millions of vehicles in Texas and across the country.
While the issues with the air bags and surrounding apparatus manufactured by Takata have been identified, there have been reports of a delay in the replacement of the defective parts. With the current unavailability of replacement parts, some individuals may feel stuck in a difficult situation. These individuals may need their vehicles to make it to and from work or other important appointments, but these parts are likely giving them cause for concern.
One of the largest concerns with the airbags is the potential for the inflator to launch shrapnel into the passenger compartment upon collision. According to reports, this defect has already led to the death of at least 11 individuals so far, and the serious injury of around 180 others. With the potential danger of the associated parts, many individuals may want to consider parking these vehicles until the affected parts can be replaced.
Individuals who are seriously injured by defective products may be entitled to compensation for financial losses. Since the process can be complex, individuals in Texas often choose to retain the services of an experienced attorney for guidance throughout this difficult period. An attorney can assist an individual in pursuing financial restitution through a claim against the party deemed culpable for his or her injuries.
Source: ocregister.com, “Why it’s taken months for some drivers to get defective Takata air bags replaced“, Kevin Smith, Scott Schwebke and Joshua Sudock, April 9, 2017