Americans rely on their cars to get them from point A to point B safely. When an accident happens, the airbags are supposed to protect the driver and passengers from harm. No one expects their car to have defective airbags, but it does happen, and when the airbags don’t deploy as they should, or worse deploy in a way that is dangerous, the result can be debilitating or deadly.
Drivers can protect themselves from faulty airbags by staying informed and taking action when necessary. Here’s how to do it.
Pay Attention to Recalls
Honda recently announced that a driver of a 2002 Civic in Arizona died after a crash because of defective airbags. The vehicle is part of the largest recall ever reported, spanning a decade with millions of vehicles yet to be repaired. The problem, which has so far killed 23 people across the country, is an airbag inflator manufactured by Takata. Upon impact, the defective inflator can explode and hurl shrapnel into the cabin. The recall affects several Honda and Acura models from 2001-2010 as well as 2006 Ford Rangers and 2006 Mazda B-Series trucks. If you are concerned that your vehicle may be under recall for defective airbags, you can use this tool from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to look up your vehicle’s status.
While the Takata airbag recall is the most serious recall in history, it is not the only one. Protect yourself and your family by staying up to date.
Know Your Vehicle’s History
Buying a used vehicle is a great way to save money, but it doesn’t come without risks. When you buy used, it’s critical to learn about the vehicle’s history. For instance, knowing whether the vehicle has been in any accidents that caused the airbags to deploy can be a sign that you need to ask about the replacement airbag. Flooding can also damage the airbags, so have a skilled mechanic inspect the vehicle before you make the purchase.
Find a Mechanic You Can Trust
You may not realize it, but airbag theft is a big problem. You can protect yourself by installing an anti-theft device on the steering wheel, but it’s not always random thieves who do the stealing. Sometimes dishonest mechanics, who have direct and unsupervised access to your car during repairs, decide that your safety isn’t as important as making a quick buck. Finding a mechanic that you trust can keep you safe in case you get into an accident.
Were You Injured by a Defective Airbag?
You shouldn’t have to worry about being hurt by something that is meant to protect you. If you were hurt because of defective airbags, don’t wait to contact Pacin Levine Attorneys at Law today. We are dedicated to getting you the justice that you deserve. Call us today at 1-800-24-7-CRASH (2727), or chat with a live representative by clicking the icon in the lower right corner of your screen. Set up a consultation with us today to discuss your case.