Car accidents happen every day, despite our best efforts to prevent them. Everything from negligent drivers to poor road conditions and weather can lead to a crash which can leave people seriously injured.
Thankfully over the years, technological and safety advancements have been considerable and drivers can be safer in a crash today than ever before. However, if these features or any other car part is defective, they could actually put motorists in more danger.
For several months now, car makers have been announcing recalls due to defects in airbags. The bags were made by a Takata and installed in millions of vehicles in the U.S. Mazda is one of a dozen car companies that have issued recalls and it recently announced a recall of 374,000 more vehicles including certain models of the Mazda6, MazdaSpeed6 and RX8.
The airbags were designed to protect drivers and passengers in a crash by inflating to slow down or stop a person's momentum in the event of a collision, thereby keeping occupants of a vehicle safer.
However, the defective airbags are evidently prone to ruptures. When they inflate, people are being struck and injured by metal fragments coming from the airbag. Further, Floridians should know that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the ruptures are more likely to happen in areas of high humidity.
Features like airbags are supposed to keep people safer and prevent injuries; when they are defective or installed improperly, they can end up doing more harm than good.
If you have been in an accident where a feature like your seat belt, an airbag, the brakes or other safety mechanisms failed to work properly, you may have grounds to pursue a product liability claim against a negligent or reckless party. Discussing your situation with an attorney can help you identify the legal options available.
Source: CNBC, "Mazda recalls 374,000 vehicles for Takata airbag defects," Jan. 8, 2016