Florida residents may be interested in recent announcements concerning Takata airbags that are susceptible to rupture, particularly in high humidity regions where deterioration of the material inside the inflation canisters is more likely to occur. According to recent reports, the company is finding it difficult to produce an adequate number of replacement parts.
Government regulators, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are urging Takata to expedite production. Without this, repairing the canisters in the estimated 7.8 million vehicles might proceed too slowly. Factoring in that two deaths have been linked to the faulty inflation canisters, the urgency noted by the deputy administrator of NHTSA is clear. In a letter, he asked the company to determine the number of canisters that might be produced in response to this issue and whether the company has a way to increase that number. In addition, NHTSA asked if other suppliers might be involved in manufacturing replacements for the defective products and what quality control methods are currently in place. NHTSA will increase its own airbag testing procedures and has requested that Takata check to see if other defects exist. To prevent additional injuries, NHTSA has asked manufacturers to enhance recall efforts and put methods in place to urge owners to have their vehicles repaired on a timely basis.
Product liability is based on flaws in either the design or manufacture of a product. If flaws are noted, companies are obligated to repair the issue in a quick and effective manner. As in this case, massive recalls might be put into effect.
If an individual is injured due to a defective part, he or she may seek to file a personal injury suit against the maker and manufacturer. An attorney may assist by reviewing the claim and filing it in civil court.
Source: Reuters, “Takata discloses air bags with a new flaw were made from 2008-2014,” Paul Lienert, Nov. 1, 2014
Source: USA Today, “Takata pressured to speed up air bag recalls“, Chris Woodyard, October 30, 2014