Six of the most popular automobile manufacturers have issued a huge recall over dangerous airbags whose inflator mechanisms do not work properly. Rather than filling the bags with air, these defective components launch plastic and metal bits through the airbag compartment.
The recall affects more than 3 million vehicles that were manufactured between the years 2001 and 2003. These include cars made by Honda, Nissan, Toyota, BMW, GM, and Mazda. You may notice that most of these vehicles are from the more popular Japanese manufacturers because they all received the airbag components from the same supplier, Takata Corporation. Many manufacturers use the same parts because it simplifies the manufacturing process and additionally cuts the cost per unit.
Luckily, no one has been hurt as a result of this defect so far. Automakers are replacing the defective airbags free of charge.
According to the Department of Transportation, airbags have saved more than 25,000 lives between 1987 and 2008. However, if you’ve been hurt as a result of a defective airbag, you may be able to hold the automobile’s manufacturer accountable for your injuries.