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A Defective Air Bag Won't Provide Protection to Austin Drivers

Posted By Stephen Stewart || 26-Apr-2013

Car advertisements talk a lot about the air bag protection offered in the vehicle. A spokesperson will say that "this model has x-number of side and front air bags" or talk about the response technology used to release the air bags in a crash. That is all well and good, but what if the air bag is defective? A defective air bag will not provide much protection to Austin drivers in an accident.

A recent vehicle recall involves not only several millions of faulty air bags, but it involves several models from six different car makers. According to the recall of 3.4 million vehicles, the air bags did not properly inflate in every instance. To add to the problem, in some cases the high-pressured gas used to inflate the air bag poured out in such force that it caused it to break apart, the pieces of which became dangerous to the passengers.

Vehicles manufactured by Toyota, including Corollas from 2001 to 2003, the Matrix, Sequoia and Tundra, adding up to approximately half of the vehicles recalled. Also involved in the recall were the car manufacturers Nissan, Honda, BMW AG and General Motors Co. The manufacturer of the affected air bags was Taka Corp. from Japan. According to reports, these air bags were chosen and installed in several models with the idea of cost cutting in mind. No injuries have been officially reported, which is part of what the recall hopes to prevent.

Defective auto parts contribute to a large number of injuries caused in a vehicle. When an auto defect leads to an injury, each company in the chain of distribution can be named in a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: ATVN, "Six Companies Recall Cars for Airbag Defect," Faith Miller, April 11, 2013

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