Defective airbags blamed in massive recall

On June 23, three Japanese automakers issued recalls that may potentially affect millions of cars in Florida and other southern states known for their humid climates. The three automakers, Mazda, Nissan and Honda, utilize in several of their vehicles a Japanese-supplied airbag that might explode when exposed to high levels of absolute humidity, according to authorities.

Authorities reported that the airbags in the recalled cars may accidentally deploy and rupture “with too much pressure,” resulting in potential injuries. Takata Corp., a Japanese auto-part supplier, is responsible for the defective airbags, reportedly. Along with the National Highway Transit Safety Agency, the corporation has commenced an investigation into the faulty auto part. A representative for Takata stated that the corporation believes that high levels of absolute humidity are significant factors contributing to the malfunctioning airbags. The impetus for the investigation was a series of traffic accidents in Florida and Puerto Rico, authorities said.

Reportedly, the recall includes 755,000 Nissan models produced from 2001 to 2003, almost 160,000 Mazda models made in the years 2002, 2003 and 2004 and an estimated 2 million Honda vehicles. The Honda estimates are based on three individual recalls, two of which are related to the humidity factor.

When people suffer damages as a result of an automobile accident caused by a defective product, such as an airbag, then they may seek to hold the at-fault party accountable via civil action. For example, accident victims may retain a personal injury lawyer and file suit against the manufacturer of the faulty auto part, seeking financial compensation for the damages they suffered in connection with the auto accident. These damages may include but are not limited to vehicular repairs, hospital bills, medical expenses and even lost wages if the victims’ injuries proved to be disabling.

SourceThe Christian Science Monitor, “Mazda, Honda, and Nissan recall 2.8 million vehicles for faulty airbags“, Ellen Meyers, June 23, 2014