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Airbag manufacturer expands recall to more than 33 million cars


Readers of this blog may remember a recent controversy when airbag manufacturer Takata refused to expand its list of recalled vehicles, causing it to face fines of $14,000 per day. Takata spokespeople said the company believed the defective airbags, which can explode and send pieces of metal flying at drivers and passengers, were only affected by cars in high humidity. However, investigators may have pinpointed that exposure to moisture over time can cause the airbag's chemical propellant to be damaged.

The list of recalled vehicles has now been expanded to reach more than 33 million vehicles. This is significant, as the defective airbags have already been blamed for six deaths. According to reports, more than 100 others have been injured. Researchers say several other individuals who have been hurt or killed by these dangerous airbags, but they have yet to step forward.

Those who have been harmed as the result of defective car parts should not hesitate to speak up. By taking legal action in the form of a product liability lawsuit, these victims may be able to recover compensation for their losses, which could include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. In other words, acting on one's legal rights could be pivotal to his or her recovery and sense of justice.

Yet, product liability cases require diligence, effective negotiation, and strong litigation skills. Many times, those hurt by defective products rely on the services of an experienced attorney who knows how to handle such cases. This can be critical, especially when going up against a large company like Takata, which may have seemingly never-ending resources. An experienced attorney, though, can help victims hold negligent companies accountable and seek to prevent similar tragedies from happening again in the future.

Source: MLive.com, "Takata airbag recall: Automakers add more vehicles," David Muller, May 29, 2015

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