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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Government Warns Consumers: Takata Recalls Need Prompt Attention

What can I do if I am injured by an airbag or some other consumer product?

Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned that the Takata recall is not proceeding quickly enough to protect the public. So far, not nearly as many cars have been repaired as had been anticipated. Takata airbags have been linked to eight deaths and 98 injuries, yet, amazingly, as of a month ago, only 22.5 percent of the recalled airbags had been replaced with safer models.

The government has looked at some alternatives it may implement to speed up the rate of replacements, such as allowing mechanics, as well as delaters, to take care of the replacements, or for the government itself to take charge of the replacement process.

The trouble is allegedly being caused by a faulty chemical used in the inflation process. When airbag inflation is triggered, the inflator can spew metal fragments throughout the inside of the car, resulting in serious injuries to anyone struck. The government notes that such injuries are more likely to occur in humid areas, such as The Gulf Coast

Some examples of physical damage caused by the defective airbags are broken teeth, severe cuts, and loss of eyesight or hearing. Ironically, the airbag, a device designed to limit vehicular injuries, is actually exacerbating them.

Injuries like those listed are not to be taken lightly. When a product is used in a foreseeable way and it causes injury to the user, the injured person has the legal right to sue the retailer, distributor or manufacturer in order to be compensated for injuries incurred. This right is ensured under the legal theory of products liability which states that if someone (or some company) manufactures a product that injures another party, the manufacturer is responsible for making that individual whole again, and compensating them for the pain, suffering, and expenses that result fromt he injuries.

If you have been injured by a consumer product, call an experienced personal injury attorney promptly, since delay could cause you to lose your claim. Personal injury attorneys do not collect a fee unless they win your case.

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