Millions of Defective Airbags Are Still on Texas Roads

Guajardo and Marks Blog – Millions of Defective Airbags Are Still on Texas Roads

April 4th, 2018 by Guajardo & Marks, LLP

When we drive our cars, we rarely consider the presence of air bags. They are intended to deploy only in a serious accident. Unfortunately, these important auto safety devices can cause harm.

If you are a driver in Texas, there is a serious risk you could be driving a car with a Takata air bag that could injure or kill you. Even though we do not hear as much about the massive Takata airbag recall now, danger remains because many Texans have not had their air bags replaced or repaired.

That is why a coalition recently gathered at Houston city hall to encourage car owners to act. If the air bag inflates improperly in a crash, it could spray shrapnel into the passenger area. This defect has killed dozens of people all over the world and injured many more.

Volunteers in the Houston metro region have been canvassing that area, knocking on doors, to find drivers with affected vehicles. They then help them reach out to their dealers and schedule the vehicles for repair. In most cases, the dealer will replace the faulty Takata air bag at no charge.

This is thought to be the first time auto industry representatives from several vehicle manufacturers and city leaders have joined to get the word out about repairing these dangerous air bags. It takes one to three hours to have the air bag repaired or replaced — a short time to save yourself and your family from serious injury or death.

Recent Air Bag Fatalities Should Spur Drivers to Act

In 2016 a 17-year-old girl from Fort Bend County was killed by a defective air bag. Although it was a minor accident, the air bag malfunctioned and sprayed broken metal shards into her neck. Had it not been for the defective Takata air bag inflator, the woman would have survived the wreck.

One year earlier, a driver was killed when the air bag sprayed shrapnel into his windpipe during a fender bender.

The Houston coalition warns all Texans: This fate could be yours if you do not have faulty Takata air bags replaced. Texas is believed to be the No. 2 state in the U.S. for vehicles still on the road with unrepaired, recalled air bags.

Drivers can check the Airbag Recall and NHTSA websites to learn whether their vehicles are part of the Takata air bag recall. If your vehicle is listed,  contact your dealer immediately to schedule a repair or replacement. Your life could be at stake.

Were You Injured by a Defective Air Bag? Talk to a Personal Injury Attorney Today.

Although millions of defective and dangerous air bags have been recalled and replaced, there are still vast numbers of unrepaired air bags in use in Texas. If you are in an accident and the air bag deploys improperly, you could be seriously injured or even killed. Some of the most common injuries from these accidents are traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and death. The product liability and car accident attorneys at Guajardo & Marks will review your case at no cost to determine whether there is a possibility of financial recovery for you and your family. Please contact our Dallas office today for a complimentary consultation.