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Are airbags more of a health risk than a safety measure?

The intent of airbags is to keep both a Florida driver and passenger safe in the event of a collision. However, for some, instead of absorbing the force of a crash, an airbag actually causes more harm. 

You may be aware of the Takata airbag recall, which is a massive effort to remove and replace dangerous airbags from multiple types of vehicles. However, a recent chain of events led to the discovery that some of these potentially dangerous airbags could end up in other vehicles after removal from wrecked vehicles. One woman recently suffered serious trauma to the neck because of this unsafe practice.

The Takata airbag recall 

This major, widespread recall on auto parts relates to the potential danger of explosion. This can happen when the chemical inside the airbags deteriorates, leading to a high chance of explosion, even in a minor accident or without an accident at all. In this recent case involving one of these vehicles, the airbag that exploded and caused the driver harm was in a 2002 Honda Accord. Other interesting facts about this case include the following:

  • The driver's family bought the car used, and they were unaware of the vehicle's accident and repair history.
  • Previously declared totaled after an accident, the car eventually received necessary repairs and a salvage title given to the vehicle.
  • Evidence and research indicates that the repair shop somehow ended up with the faulty airbag inflator and installed it in the 2002 Accord.
  • There are laws that prohibit the sale of recalled parts, but authorities rarely enforce those laws.

According to recent numbers gathered related to the Takata airbag recall, at least 16 people suffered fatal injuries from these dangerous airbags and inflators. Despite nationwide coverage, estimates suggest that there are thousands, if not millions, of faulty inflators still in use. 

Victims of dangerous car parts

Miami individuals who are victims of dangerous car parts have rights. One of these rights includes a full knowledge of the crash history of any used car before purchase. This could help prevent the reuse of parts that are dangerous, already damaged or currently under recall for safety reasons.

If you believe that you or a loved one suffered because of an auto manufacturer's negligence or a safety problem with your vehicle, you would be wise to take quick action to protect your interests. These are complex legal cases, but you may find it beneficial to seek the guidance of an ally to help guide you through the entire process. 

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