Automobiles can come with many features, ranging from entertainment features, to comfort features and perhaps most importantly, safety features. One safety feature that most people in Cleveland come to expect in their automobiles is air bags. However, defective airbags are on the market that could harm drivers and passengers, prompting recalls.
Volkswagen Beetle recall
Recently, Volkswagen recalled over 105,000 Beetles from model years 2012 through 2014 because they contained Takata air bags. These air bags have the potential to rupture when deployed, sending shrapnel into the vehicle that could injure or kill drivers or passengers. Owners of these vehicles will be contacted by mail and can go to a Volkswagen dealership to have the air bag replaced free of charge.
The Takata air bag problem
The Takata air bag problem has been ongoing, affecting many models of vehicles. The air bags have been installed in vehicles manufactured by 19 different automakers. As of now, at leas 25 people have been killed and another 300 injured due to defective Takata air bags.
Recalls may not be enough
While it is good for a company to voluntarily recall a defective product, the fact is that sometimes a recall comes too little too late for those already injured or killed by the defective product. When that happens, it may be appropriate to pursue a products liability claim in order to obtain the compensation necessary to pay for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Readers can visit our firm’s product liability webpage to learn more about auto defects.