Holding auto makers accountable for unsafe airbags

The Takata airbag recall has widened to include in excess of 12 million vehicles manufactured by more than a dozen US, Japanese and European automakers. Drivers in Georgia face a higher risk of injured from the recalled airbags, since they are more likely to fail in states with hot and humid weather conditions.

Owners of the affected vehicles can obtain free repairs. While automakers will mail recall notices to owners of affected vehicles, you should not assume you are safe if you do not receive a recall notice. To protect yourself and your family, look up your vehicle on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website to find out if it contains one of the recalled airbags.

Risk of exploding airbags

The recalled Takata airbags contain a defective inflater that can deploy explosively, spraying metal shards throughout the passenger cabin. More than 10 deaths and nearly 200 injuries have resulted from exploding airbags.

The problem is caused by ammonium nitrate propellant, which deteriorates over time. The propellant deteriorates more rapidly in hot and humid weather conditions, making Georgia drivers at higher risk of injury or death, especially during the summer months.

Legal options for injured drivers and passengers

If you or a loved one has been injured by an exploding airbag, you have the right to seek compensation for everything you have lost, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

The law firm of Stone Law Group in Atlanta handles cases of serious injury and death caused by auto defects such as exploding airbags. For a free initial consultation, call 404-436-2766.

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