Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler announced the recall of 2.5 million vehicles -- all of which are in the United States -- because of the potential for airbag failures. The airbags were made by automotive parts maker, Takata Corp, in Japan. The problematic airbags have become the center-point of a global safety crisis during the last half decade.
The three German automakers added these 2.5 million cars to the recall bandwagon after U.S.-based automotive safety regulators identified 5.1 million cars in the United States that have defective airbags. The vehicles were declared defective by Takata Corp. last month. This means that millions more vehicles are unsafe than were previously believed.
Airbags Can Explode and Spray Dangerous Metal Shrapnel
According to sources, the problems that prompted the recall relate to exploding airbag inflators. The defective airbags can spray metal shrapnel throughout the passenger compartments of vehicles -- much like a bomb -- and the shrapnel pieces can kill. At least 10 people have died worldwide, and over 100 people have been injured in the United States as a result of the dangerous defects.
Defects associated with Takata airbags were first discovered in 2009. A total of approximately 24 million cars have been recalled. Twenty-eight million defective Takata inflators have been identified in total.
Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler Drivers Should Contact Their Local Dealers
In the most recent recall, Volkswagen will be asking its customers to bring in 850,000 cars in the United Sates. Daimler announced that its U.S. recall will affect 840,000 vehicles and BMW's will involve 840,000 vehicles. Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler drivers should get in touch with their local dealerships to determine if their vehicles are affected.
Finally, those who have been injured by exploding Takata airbags may wish to discuss the potential for seeking financial compensation via a personal injury lawsuit. Negligent automakers and negligent automotive parts manufacturers may be financially liable for the costs of medical care, lost income, disabilities and other personal injury and property damages caused by their dangerous and defective products.
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