In May of 2016, United States regulators more than doubled the recall of Takata airbag inflators to include tens of millions more cars, making the order the largest automotive recall in history. The inflators, meant to save people in the event of a crash, are prone to explode, expelling fragments of metal. Some 63.8m cars are affected in the United States, equivalent to more than a quarter of the vehicles on U.S. roads. As of May 2016, the inflators were known to have killed a dozen people, 11 victims in the U.S. and one in Malaysia, and hurt more than 100 others. At a press conference in Washington, the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHSTA) administrator Mark Rosekind said he had learned from Honda that two more people had been killed by the faulty auto part in Malaysia in recent weeks and in April, a teenage girl was killed in Texas in a minor collision that triggered the airbag.
Airbag Injuries in Marion County
Although airbags are intended as a safety device, government documentation confirms they have killed hundreds of people and caused significant injuries including:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Face injuries
- Eye injuries
- Neck injuries
- Vertebral fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Chest injuries
- Heart injuries
- Internal injuries
- Bone fractures
Airbags deploy at speeds sometimes exceeding 200 mph. For the people involved in an auto collision, this can cause serious and even life-threatening injuries and permanent disabilities.
Contact an Airbag Deployment Injury Lawyer in Ocala
If you have been injured in an automobile accident and were injured by an airbag deployment, you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries. Every year the auto industry issues warnings and recalls due to air bag defects and component failures. Although thousands of vehicles are recalled each year, it is sometimes too late and individuals have already been injured or lost their lives. Contact an experienced Ocala deployment injury attorney to discuss your rights and to file a claim for damages against the manufacturer or company who may be responsible for your injuries and damages under Florida law. Protect yourself and your loved ones by contacting Meldon Law for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case. We can provide you with a free and confidential consultation about your case and advise you of your legal options. Call our office today for a free consultation at (352) 373-8000 or (877) 330-3530 or use our online form.