The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into the major manufacturers of airbags. The initial investigation was expanded after there were two separate reports of malfunctioning airbags. According to reports, millions of vehicles may be outfitted with airbags that are at risk of explosion, placing all drivers at a higher risk of car crash injury.
These airbags may explode, launching dangerous debris and metal fragments at drivers and passengers. One of the major airbag manufacturers, Takata, initiated a recall in May that affected over 33 million vehicles, including many in West Virginia. It is thought that these defective airbags may be related to at least six deaths across the country.
Drivers who may be at risk for an airbag explosion may take their vehicle to have the defective part replaced or repaired. It is estimated that the recall could last another 18 months, but it is possible that additional reports of accidents and injuries could surface. Those who have suffered because of the negligence of the airbag manufacturer could explore their option for financial compensation by filing a civil claim against the party or parties deemed responsible.
Those who have suffered a car crash injury due to defective auto parts may feel overwhelmed by their circumstances and unsure of what options may be available to them. Fortunately, there are legal options by which an injured West Virginia victim, or family members of a deceased victim, can seek financial redress after an accident. Medical bills, lost wages from missed work and other monetary losses can leave a significant financial burden, but it does not have to be carried alone.
Source: upi.com, "NHTSA expands investigation into faulty airbags", Tomas Monzon, July 14, 2015