Airbags are a vehicle safety device designed to keep you and your loved ones safe during an accident. Upon collision with another vehicle or object, an airbag is designed to inflate immediately and then deflate. This keeps those in the vehicle from hitting the dashboard or steering wheel in the case of a crash, which could be fatal.
Currently, there are millions of cars on the road that have recalls for life-threatening safety defects of Takata airbags. Takata airbags contain chemicals inside the airbag inflator that work to inflate the airbag in the case of an accident. These chemicals can become unstable over time from being exposed to moisture and temperature changes. If the airbag goes off in a crash, the inflator can blow apart sending deadly pieces of metal through the vehicle.
These airbags are used by all different automakers. The greatest risk is in older vehicles that have been driven in hot and humid areas. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been working with car part manufacturers to monitor recall progress as repairs are underway.
The amount of recalled cars with Takata airbags has been increasing, so it is important that you stay up to date with new recall information. You can use the VIN Recall Tool online at Safer Car to search for recalls by your car’s vehicle identification number (VIN). At this site, you can also receive e-mail alerts if it is concluded that your car may be at risk.
Airbags are one of the most important safety features there are in a vehicle. Airbags can significantly reduce your chance of injury in a crash. It is important to respond to recall notices by contacting your auto dealer and getting your vehicle fixed as soon as possible.
If you or your loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, or for more information on vehicle recalls, please contact us or call us at 800-676-5295.