Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a critical warning regarding the airbags in some Honda and Acura vehicles. NHTSA says owners of these vehicles should not drive them unless the airbag has been replaced.
The chance of these airbags rupturing is as high as 50 percent. NHTSA urges owners to seek immediate replacement, which is free. The models included in this report are 2001 to 2003 Civics, Accords, Acura TLs, CR-Vs, Odysseys, Pilots and Acura CLs.
To find out if your vehicle of any make and model is part of the overall Takata airbag recall, click here.
The dangers of defective airbags
The Takata airbag recall involves defective airbag inflators. The defect causes some airbags to rupture and propel metal shrapnel into drivers and passengers. Older vehicles in areas where there is high humidity are at increased risk of the airbag rupturing.
Victims of defective airbag ruptures may suffer serious or fatal injuries. To date, 10 people have died and hundreds suffered injuries as a result of Takata airbag ruptures.
What you can do if you suffer airbag injuries
If a defective airbag injures you or a loved one, you can seek damages from the manufacturer. You will likely need a lawyer’s help to receive the compensation you need to cover all of your losses such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Defective products lawsuits can be complex. Working with an attorney who has experience with these cases will help you understand your options.