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Airbag recall Affects Millions of Cars

Author: Portner & Shure

Millions of cars from almost a dozen automakers are affected by a serious and dangerous recall due to defective airbags. Over five million Honda vehicles could have the issue, nearly one million Toyota vehicles, almost 700,000 Nissan vehicles, and more than 600,000 BMW vehicles are affected. A significant number of Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi, and Subaru vehicles are all affected. Years for these vehicles range from 2000 to 2011 depending on the specific model.

The reason for the recall is due to defective inflators made by Japanese parts supplier Tanaka that explode too strongly and send metal shrapnel through the bag into people. There have been more than 100 cases where this has occurred. Some say there have been four deaths and multiple injuries. However, the government is only reporting three injuries and is continuing to investigate. Federal regulators are urging owners of these affected vehicles to "take immediate action." 2014 has been the worst year for auto recalls in U.S. history, with more than 1 in 5 cars and trucks at risk of defects.

If you have purchased a car that has recently been recalled, take it to the dealer to get fixed. Further, you may be entitled to several legal remedies, including:

  • Economic damages: you may be able to recoup the lost value of the car's resale value. You may also be able to recover for loss of use of the car
  • Personal injury recovery: if the defective automobile resulted in physical injuries to you, you may be able to recover for the costs associated with the injury
  • Class action: If the recall has affected enough numbers of consumers, a class action lawsuit might be an available option
  • Manufacturer reimbursement: Some auto manufacturers may voluntarily pay repair bills the defective product caused before the recall.

Sometimes, however, you may need to initiate litigation to be compensated for your financial as well as your physical losses. From SUV rollovers to fuel-fed fires and faulty door latches, there are a variety of vehicle safety defects that can lead to severe injuries in a car crash. At Portner & Shure, we have handled these cases for over twenty years. We have the experience and technical resources to analyze your auto accident case, answer your questions, and pursue the compensation you deserve.

If you or a family member has been injured or killed as a result of a Maryland personal injury and would like a free legal consultation or if you would like more information, please feel free to contact our office at (855) 954-4141.

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