Exploding Takata Airbags

Exploding Takata Air Bags

Defective Takata airbags have caused 15 deaths and more than 180 injuries resulting in the largest safety recalls in U.S. history. The recall affects 45 million cars across 19 manufacturers.  Although there was initially an attempt to cover-up the problem, the primary objective right now is to get these defective airbags off of the road.

NHTSA Expands Do Not Drive Warning

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced that they are expanding their “do not drive warning” to include additional models of Ford and Mazda with defective Takata airbags.  The MY 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series trucks have been added to the “do not drive warning” list. If you have one of these trucks, DO NOT DRIVE IT!  Testing showed these trucks pose a grave safety risk.

What Should I Do if I have a Car or Truck on the “Do Not Drive” List?

Contact the manufacturer to schedule a free repair.  Ford and Mazda have replacement airbags available now and will tow vehicles to a local dealership. They will also provide free loaner cars, all free of charge.  In the Takata air bag recalls, there are priority groups.  Parts are only available for certain vehicles starting at certain dates.

Check for Recalls Twice a Year

The NHTSA recommends checking your car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) at least twice per year. Your VIN is on the lower left corner of your windshield and also on your car’s registration card.   You can also sign up at NHTSA.gov/Alerts to be notified by e-mail if your vehicle is affected by a future recall.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to injuries from shrapnel or shards of metal or debris, contact our team at Rinehardt Law Firm by clicking on the contact us tab or calling 419-LAW-2020 for a free case consultation today.


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