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Arnold & Itkin LLP Truck Accident Blog2014OctoberFeds Warn Car Owners of Defective Air Bags

Feds Warn Car Owners of Defective Air Bags

The federal government has issued a warning to 7.8 million car owners that they may have defective air bags installed in their vehicle. The warning urges the car owners to have their air bags replaced immediately as there is concern that the inflation mechanism in the air bags can rupture and cause metal fragments to fly out when the air bags are deployed. According to safety advocates, this defect has been responsible for four deaths and countless injuries already.

The warning comes just weeks after the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration investigated a fatal Florida car accident. In the accident, a woman driving a 2001 Honda Accord suffered severe wounds when her air bag deployed and projected the metal objects through her neck.

Past Recalls

Many of the affected models have already been recalled over the last two years due to the problems with the air bags, which are manufactured by Takata Corp., a Japanese supplier of seat belts, air bags, steering wheels, and other car parts. However, most of these recalls have come in areas with high humidity, as it was believed that high measurements of water vapor in the air could be the cause of the rupture. For that reason, officials are urging car owners in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia to pay special attention to the recent warning.

While high levels of humidity may be one contributing cause, the recalls may be expanded to areas of the country with lower humidity as well after a similar incident is believed to have caused the death of an 18-year-old female in Oklahoma City.

Potentially Affected Vehicles

The warning has been issued for owners of the following vehicle models, though more models may be added in the coming weeks:

Toyota

  • 2002 – 2004 Lexus SC
  • 2003 – 2004 Toyota Corolla
  • 2003 – 2004 Toyota Corolla Matrix
  • 2002 – 2004 Toyota Sequoia
  • 2003 – 2004 Toyota Tundra
  • 2003 – 2004 Pontiac Vibe

Honda

  • 2001 – 2007 Honda Accord (4 cylinder)
  • 2001 – 2002 Honda Accord (6 cylinder)
  • 2001 – 2005 Honda Civic
  • 2002 – 2006 Honda CR-V
  • 2003 – 2011 Honda Element
  • 2002 – 2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003 – 2007 Honda Pilot
  • 2006 Honda Ridgeline
  • 2003 – 2006 Acura MDX
  • 2002 – 2003 Acura TL/CL

Nissan

  • 2001 – 2003 Nissan Maxima
  • 2001 – 2003 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2002 – 2003 Nissan Sentra
  • 2001 – 2003 Infiniti I30/I35
  • 2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4
  • 2003 Infiniti FX

Mazda

  • 2003 – 2004 Mazda6
  • 2004 Mazda RX-8

BMW

  • 2000 – 2005 3 Series Sedan
  • 2000 – 2006 3 Series Coupe
  • 2000 – 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon
  • 2000 – 2006 3 Series Convertible
  • 2001 – 2006 M3 Coupe
  • 2001 – 2006 M3 Convertible

General Motors

  • 2002 – 2003 Buick LeSabre
  • 2002 – 2003 Buick Rendezvous
  • 2002 – 2003 Cadillac DeVille
  • 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer
  • 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
  • 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Venture
  • 2002 – 2003 GMC Envoy
  • 2002 – 2003 GMC Envoy XL
  • 2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Aurora
  • 2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada
  • 2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette
  • 2002 – 2003 Pontiac Bonneville
  • 2002 – 2003 Pontiac Montana

Injured by a defective air bag?

If you have been injured by an air bag in one of the affected vehicle models, you could be entitled to compensation. Air bag manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure their products work as they are intended to and can be held liable for injuries or deaths that are caused by the defective product. Our motor vehicle accident attorneys have the experience to investigate your accident and determine if your injuries were caused by a defective product. Contact our firm today for a free case evaluation.

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