On March 2, 2018, in an announcement affecting approximately 42 million vehicles in the U.S., it was made known that over two dozen brands of auto may have an air bag that, if deployed, will shoot shrapnel into unsuspecting drivers.
The air bag is manufactured by the Japanese company Takata. Two people in the Houston area have already been killed by these defective air bags.
The issue involves defective inflator and propellent devices that may shoot metal fragments into vehicle occupants in the event of a crash. Published reports indicate Takata may have known about this defect as early as 2004.
Abraham Watkins urges people driving Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Daimler, Dodge Ram, Ford, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes, Mercury, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Scion, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles to go to NHTSA.GOV to see if your vehicle is one of those affected.
Owners of affected Ford, Mazda, and Chrysler vehicles may be able to schedule repair in their driveways or office parking lots. Owners may also receive a loaner as needed depending on the manufacturer.
If you or someone you know has been injured by an auto defect, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-231-9360 or 1-888-229-5094 for your free consultation.