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Ford recently announced that it will expand a previous recall to include an additional 953,000 vehicles, including the 2010 to 2014 Mustang, the 2010 Edge, and the 2010 and 2011 Ranger among others. This recall is one of many linked to faulty driver airbags constructed by Takata.
It is believed that Takata used chemical ammonium nitrate in the inflators of the airbags, which can cause the units to explode and cause injury. As time passes, the threat increases as the inflators become weakened by normal wear and tear.
To date, 23 people have been killed worldwide in relation to Takata airbags. Hundreds more have been injured by flying shrapnel from the exploding airbags. What’s more, many defective units remain on the road as dealers have been unable to keep up with demand and spare parts remain on back order.
Other Recent Recalls of Dangerous Parts
Vehicle recalls are not a rare occurrence. In fact, more than 30 million vehicles were recalled in 2017 alone. Sadly, many of the recalls happened only after intense pressure from lawmakers and regulators, which meant that people were needlessly injured or killed between the time when the flaws were discovered and when they were finally recalled.
The following are just a few examples of recent car parts recalls:
General Motors Ignition Switches
In 2014, General Motors recalled 800,000 vehicles due to faulty ignition switches. The faulty switches caused vehicles to turn off while in operation, which made all airbags inoperable. Shockingly, GM was aware of the issue for over a decade before they took action. Sadly, 214 people had to die before the recall was instated.
Over 100 people died in 2000 after rollover accidents in their Ford Explorers. The Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that the Firestone tires on the vehicles were to blame; the administration found that the tires could shred easily, thus making the vehicle unstable. Firestone recalled 6.5 million tires as a result.
Toyota Sticky Pedals
Toyota hid a problem with “sticky pedals,” which caused pedals to get stuck in an accelerated position. An entire family was killed as a result. When asked about the problem, Toyota lied. However, their lies soon came to the light, and they almost faced criminal prosecution. Instead, they paid a $1.2 billion fine.
Faulty vehicles cause countless injuries each year. If you think you’ve been victimized by the car industry, it’s important that you speak with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Non-Deadly Vehicle Parts Recalls
In most cases, recalls are made before the faulty parts have a chance to harm anyone. For example, Honda had a recent recall for a cracked fuel pump. Volkswagen and Audi recalled several models for a fuel line connector issue. In these cases, recalls can feel like a nuisance, but they are for your safety.
When there is a safety issue involved, most car companies do the right thing and issue recalls as soon as they are aware of the problem, before any injuries or deaths occur. However, as previously mentioned, other companies will not admit to a problem even when they’re aware of it, which means you may be driving an unsafe car without realizing it.
What Recalls Mean for You
Faulty parts on your car mean you and your family are at risk for injury. Unfortunately, you may never know in real time if your car is dangerous since many recalls are made years after the fact. Even if a recall does occur in a timely manner, you may not be aware of it. You may also have to wait to have the issue fixed.
Therefore, it’s vital that you check for recalls on your vehicle regularly to make sure you’re driving as safely as possible. Your safety and your very life may be at risk if you don’t. You should also pay attention to what your vehicle is telling you. If it seems like something is wrong, take your vehicle to a trusted mechanic straight away.
If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed by a faulty car part, you have a right to compensation. Call the offices of Juan Hernandez for more information today. Juan Hernandez is a board-certified personal injury attorney, a designation given to only 2 percent of attorneys in Texas.