Every day, millions of people drive on Florida roads, and many of them may not even know that their vehicle is part of a huge airbag recall. If you or someone close to you has been injured by a defective airbag, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At our Law Offices, our skilled Miami product liability attorneys will hit the ground running to protect your rights. With years of experience, we understand how to navigate these complex legal claims.
Members of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are teaming up with automakers and community members to warn people of the dangers of defective airbags. The recall involves several airbag types, all made by Takata. In fact, the Takata airbag recall is the largest vehicle recall in history. Experts say that heat and humidity make the defect worse, which is why there is an extra push to raise awareness now.
In Florida alone, there are more than 1.4 million cars with defective airbags in need of repair. Accordingly to the NHTSA, approximately 15 people have died from the defect, and more than 200 have been seriously injured. Three people who died are from Florida. Part of the NHTSA’s awareness campaign highlights that the matter is urgent, and repairs should be sought as soon as possible.
Although airbags were invented to keep drivers and passengers safe, they can cause more harm than good if they are faulty. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective airbag, you may be able to recover compensation through a product liability claim. These claims are designed to hold manufacturers and retailers responsible for placing a faulty product into the stream of commerce, and ultimately into the hands of consumers.
An airbag malfunction can be a result of a design defect or a manufacturing defect. Design defects take place when there is an inherent flaw in the design or plan of the airbag. As a result, design defects affect the entire product line. A manufacturing defect, on the other hand, is a defect in the making or assembly of a product. Thus, a manufacturing defect will typically only affect a portion of the entire product line.
Once liability is established in a product liability case, the injured party may be able to recover a variety of damages, such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and any other losses related to the injury. Every case is unique, and the specific amount of compensation a plaintiff will be entitled to receive will depend on the extent of the injury suffered.
When we drive a vehicle that is equipped with airbags, we often feel an added sense of security. However, when an airbag is defective or does not work as intended, serious harm can result. If you or your loved one suffered harm due to airbag failure, you need to turn to a Miami product liability attorney who can help. At our Law Offices, we are committed to getting victims the justice and compensation they deserve. Call 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online today.
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