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Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Stewart J. Eisenberg with Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C..
You may have heard about the Takata airbag recall from a few years ago. More than 150 vehicle models from 19 different automakers contain the airbags, which were reported to explode on days of high heat.
The reason for this auto defect? To explain, it helps to understand how airbags work. Behind the airbag itself is a propulsion system that requires a chemical reaction. The chemicals work together to quickly inflate the bag with a gas.
The problem occurs with the chemicals. An investigation revealed that this particular mix of chemicals was a poor choice. One chemical is prone to degrading over time its exposed to moisture and fluctuating temperatures. This degradation creates a volatile chemical reaction. On hot days, the chemicals would overheat and explode much more violently than intended, shooting shards of glass at the person behind the airbag.
Since humidity and changes in temperature are triggers for this reaction, vehicles in the south face an increased risk of airbag explosions.
After litigation and a nationwide recall, a recent report from AAA suggests that several drivers are still using vehicles that have the potentially dangerous airbag. AAA estimates that over 15 million drivers have not had their airbag fixed. This means their bags could potentially explode at any moment, causing severe and possibly fatal injuries. At least 10 people have already died from this defect.
To find out if your vehicle is one of the ones that needs replacing, simply visit www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and type in your vehicle identification number (VIN). Then visit a qualified dealer who can replace the part. It’s a quick fix and should be free.
If you’ve been injured by a defective auto part, you need to talk to an attorney immediately. Even if it seems like the car crash had nothing to do with a defective part, an attorney can perform an investigation to find out what really happened.
Written by AskTheLawyers.com on behalf of Stewart Eisenberg
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