Warnings Issued: Check Your Vehicle for Airbag RecallsOctober 28, 2014 | Category: Defective Products, Unsafe Vehicles | Share
Senator Bill Nelson sent NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) a letter October 21, 2014, requesting that NHTSA issue a national recall of defective Takata airbags found in more than 7 million vehicles in the United States, according to The Wall Street Journal (October 23, 2014). Since Senator Nelson's letter, the number of vehicles has risen. Media reports that there are now up to 30 million vehicles involved. At the present time only airbags of vehicles registered in warm-climate states and territories, such as Florida, are being addressed. Senator Nelson said, in his letter, that "many cars, not registered to warm states, spend considerable time in the Sunbelt."
The NHTSA did issue a bulletin warning of defects in the Takata airbags on October 22, 2014. Some of the auto makers, The Wall Street Journal says, are replacing airbags, but Ford Motor Company and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said their vehicles on the NHTSA list are not subject to formal recalls.
A South Florida woman involved in a traffic accident nearly four months ago has filed a law suit because a piece of metal was deployed from her 2001 Honda Civic airbag into her head. She asserts she has suffered headaches, nausea, and occasional loss of sight.
An Orlando woman died as the result of metal "shrapnel" from her airbag flying into her face and neck.
CBS Miami reports that, "Flying metal from Takata airbags has been linked to at least four deaths and thirty injuries."
"This is a very serious problem, and all vehicle owners need to be sure the vehicles they drive, and expect to protect them in vehicle crashes, are safe. Drivers cannot wait to be notified by their vehicle manufacturers of airbag recalls. Safercar.gov provides a "Recall Lookup" using vehicle identification numbers (VIN). You may access this site by clicking on this link - Recall," says Southwest Florida Unsafe Vehicle Attorney, Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.
How do these airbag accidents happen?
USA Today reported October 24 that, "The chemicals in the inflators were mishandled during manufacture and can degrade, especially in humid conditions. When that happens, the bags can inflate too forcefully, tearing loose from their mountings and blowing small pieces -- shrapnel, in effect -- into the faces and chests of occupants.
"Anyone who has been injured as the result of a defective airbag should contact an attorney to understand his or her legal rights and options," recommended Attorney Spivey.
Southwest Florida Unsafe Vehicle Attorney,Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239. 337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.