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Air Bag Recall Expanded to 8 Million Vehicles.

Posted by Dev Sethi | Oct 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Yesterday I wrote about the recall of 4.7 million vehicles to address the danger of exploding air bags.

In the last 24 hours, NHTSA has expanded that recall to nearly 8 million vehicles.

The federal government is urging the nearly 8 million people to get the airbags in their cars repaired soon because they pose a potentially deadly risk if you get in a crash. The warning covers many models from BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.

Investigators are concerned that hot, humid air can cause the inflating device in some airbags to explode, sending metal shrapnel flying.Safety advocates say so far, four people have been killed and dozens injured, including Jennifer Griffin, whose neck was slashed by shrapnel during a minor accident involving her Honda Civic.

From an NBC News report  -- "This one is such an urgent one because a safety device actually could kill you and there's nothing worse," said Joan Claybrook, auto safety advocate.

Unfortunately, even though this problem and recall have been know for years, manufacturers are still flat-footed and slow to respond.  Yesterday a friend reported that he received a recall letter from BMW.  It advised of the danger, but told him that BMW did not yet have the parts available to fix the problem.


You should check the government website, www.safercar.gov -- to see if your vehicle is on the recall list.  You will need your VIN handy.  But beware, even that website has been experiencing problems.  Today's New York Times contains a solid overview of things, with a scathing review of the NHTSA site:

The agency's balky website was set up to be a nationwide clearinghouse for recall information on vehicles registered in the United States. On Tuesday, most functions meant to serve consumers, including looking up the recall information and alerting the agency to potential problems, were unavailable.“N.H.T.S.A. is experiencing intermittent network issues that are making some functions on SaferCar.gov temporarily unavailable,” the agency said in a statement, adding, “We apologize for the inconvenience and encourage you to try back later.”

Your best bet?

1.  Check the published list of recalled vehicles against yours.

2.  Check NHTSA's website, www.safercars.gov

3.  Call your dealer.

About the Author

Dev Sethi

Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.

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