Most of the time, road accidents involve collisions between two or more motor vehicles. They often result in serious or even deadly injuries. In many cases, the negligence of one or more of the drivers involved can be identified as a contributing factor to the accident. If victims are thoughtful, they wisely consult an experienced attorney to be examine their options and protect their rights to seek just compensation for damages, pain and suffering.
Sometimes, however, the threat of harm doesn’t come from outside the vehicle. The massive recall of potentially faulty Takata air bags serves as a solid case in point. And considering that the thing that can turn the devices hazardous is hot, humid weather, Floridians have good reason to stay abreast of how the recall is going. The news is not all that good.
For those who may be unaware, tens of millions of vehicles in the U.S. made by about 20 major automakers are under recall because of the risk that inflation devices on the bags can degrade and go off with too much force. The force of the blast can send metal shrapnel flying through the passenger cabin of family cars, vans, SUVs and trucks.
Around the world, authorities confirm 22 deaths and more than 290 injuries. Fifteen people are dead in the U.S., and Florida Sen. Bill Nelson noted recently that our state alone has recorded three deaths and 83 injuries.
Nelson and other lawmakers observe that, despite the years-old recall, there are still over 1 million vehicles on the road with potentially deadly air bags in them. They’re pressuring the National Highway Transportation Safety Board to step up efforts to get automakers to fix the problems.
If you are unsure whether your vehicle might be covered by this recall, you can make the determination by going to the NHTSA website at www.NHTSA.gov/recalls. If you wonder if you have a claim due to one of these defective parts, contact an attorney to get answers to your questions.