Ford And Other Automakers Being Investigated For Using Takata Airbag Inflators After Recall In San Diego
The Takata Corporation, the company responsible for manufacturing airbag inflators that have been linked to at least 16 deaths in the United States alone, has come under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA is looking into whether or not Ford and other automakers knowingly used Takata airbag inflators after being recalled. If it’s found that these companies knew about the safety risks associated with using these products but still chose to use them anyway, then they could be fined up to $100 million per vehicle recall.
What Caused The Takata Airbag Recall?
The Takata airbag recall was issued because the airbags were made with faulty inflators. These inflators were more likely to explode after being exposed to humidity, which caused the metal surrounding them to fracture and send shrapnel into whoever was in the car at that time. The investigation by NHTSA is trying to find out if automakers knew about this problem but decided not to inform their customers of any potential risks they might face when using the faulty airbags in their vehicles.
It is alleged that Takata employees were aware of this problem with these inflators and informed senior management about it. Still, no action was taken until 2014, when an official recall was issued for all cars containing them. The NHTSA has said they will be looking into whether or not Ford and other automakers knowingly used Takata airbag inflators after being recalled. If it’s found that these companies knew about the safety risks associated with using these products but still chose to use them anyway, then they could be fined up to $100 million per vehicle recall.
Do Defective Airbags Make My Car A Lemon?
It’s important to understand that a recall doesn’t always make a car a lemon. If you own a car that has been recalled, it doesn’t mean your car is unsafe to drive. It just means the manufacturer needs to find out what part of the vehicle isn’t working correctly to fix or replace it at no cost to you.
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If you purchased a vehicle with faulty airbags or another problem that cannot be repaired, then you may be entitled to a full refund or replacement vehicle. If your car is still covered under its original warranty, then the manufacturer should pay for all necessary repairs and related damages. But if it’s out of warranty, you will need an experienced lemon law attorney who can help negotiate with the dealer on your behalf to get what you deserve. We have a team of professionals working for us who can provide free of cost consultation. So call us today!
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