In the light of the Takata airbag recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is working quickly to prepare themselves for a possible legal battle.
Takata airbags have been found to be defective in 2002-2008 vehicles made by 10 different automakers. These airbags have been found to spontaneously explode, sending deadly shrapnel at the driver of the vehicles. They also have been found to explode rather than expand when a driver gets in an accident. So far, there have been at least 4 deaths and over 100 injuries associated with these defective airbags.
While Takata claims that the airbags are only likely to explode in humid climates, some of the deaths have occurred in non-humid states. Therefore, the NHTSA is calling for a nationwide recall.
After Takata rejected the NHTSA’s nationwide recall mandate, the NHTSA is preparing for a quick fight in court. David Friedman, the NHTSA deputy administrator says, “…I want to be able to walk into a courtroom with as close to slam dunk as I can get.”
To find out if your vehicle has a recalled Takata airbag or any other active recall, please visit this website.
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