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More vehicles with defective auto part subjected to recall

People in Illinois are undoubtedly aware of the ongoing recalls that have been implemented with vehicles that have airbags manufactured by Takata in them. With a defective auto part, there are several levels of danger and a sense of betrayal given how people trust car manufacturers with their safety and the safety of their families. As the recalls continue, more and more people have to be vigilant of the possibility that injuries and fatalities that were the result of an accident came about because of the defective airbags.

The recall was recently doubled by U.S. safety regulators with up to 40 million vehicles with the Takata air bag inflators in them recalled. This is on top of the nearly 29 million that were already recalled. The latest recalls are expected to be phased in over three years with the most dangerous ones going first. Factors that go into which vehicles will be prioritized is based on the age of the inflators, whether there is exposure to humidity, and up and down temperatures in the location. All vehicles with a certain kind of propellant and no chemical drying agent will be subject to recall.

With this automobile design defect, shrapnel can be sent into the passenger compartment. To date, at least ten people are known to have died because of this problem. The latest victim was a 17-year-old girl in Texas who was killed in late March. Research indicates that moisture can be a contributing factor to the bags rupturing. Some vehicles with the Takata airbags are more vulnerable to water entering the vehicle and causing a greater danger. Takata has faced fines of as much as $200 million.

Considering the number of recalls and new information that seems to be coming to light on a regular basis, it is difficult to know how many people were injured or killed because of this defective auto part. Although the regulatory agencies are trying to make sure that the vehicles on the road are safe, there is still the chance that people will be injured or die because of this problem. If there is a belief that the injuries or death occurred because of a defective automobile part, it is key to discuss seeking compensation through a product liability lawsuit with help from an attorney.

Source: CBS News, “Biggest air bag recall in U.S. history gets massively bigger,” Kate Gibson, May 4, 2016

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