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Since the advent of the horse and buggy, advances in technology have allowed us to create faster and safer modes of transportation. Without a doubt, the most popular mode of transportation in the modern age is the automobile. For example, cars and trucks are by far the most common method of commuting to and from work. In general, auto manufacturers have, over the years, implemented higher safety standards in their vehicles in an attempt to lessen the number of accidents and injuries caused by them.
Unfortunately, some manufacturers use parts in their cars’ safety systems that are poorly designed. When devices such as seat belts or air bags are defective, the consequences in the event of a car accident can be tragic.
Since 2008, a Japanese company called Takata has been the subject of a major product recall. Takata manufactures, among many other types of car parts, air bags that deploy upon impact in a car accident. Due to several recent Florida lawsuits, however, the company’s reputation has been called into question. This past summer, two major accidents occurred in which drivers were involved in accidents and were actually harmed by the exploding air bad. According to the lawsuits filed by 26-year-old Corey Burdick and 28-year-old Stephanie Erdman, the deployment of the air bag was so forceful that it sent shards of shrapnel flying from the inside of their cars. Both were driving Hondas at the time. Upon impact, the shards of metal ripped through the air bags and hit the two drivers in the face. Both suffered significant facial injuries and were forced to undergo significant medical treatment and care.
Takata air bags, having been installed in more than 4 million cars in the United States, are now at the center of a major vehicle recall. On Monday, the Toyota Motor Company recalled roughly 247,000 cars within the United States in a preventative effort. Following this decision, U.S. safety regulators are urging other major manufacturers to follow suit. The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee stated that it was seeking information about Takata’s alleged air bag defects from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and automobile manufacturers themselves.
Astoundingly, this recall on Takata air bags is not the first of its kind. More than 16 million vehicles globally have been recalled because of defective Takata air bags since 2008.
If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective Takata air bag or other car-related flaw or deflect, call our Boston law office, where our product liability attorney experts are eager to help you. We understand, more than most, how heavily these traumatic experiences can weigh on your body and mind. But we also understand the financial complications. Please seek out our highly skilled and professional personal injury lawyers today at 617-787-3700. We will fight for you!