A defective product can lead to serious injury or death. As a consumer, there are steps you can take to stay informed as to which products are safe and which ones you should avoid. But even then, there is no way of guaranteeing that you won’t ever come in contact with such a product.
Defective car parts are extremely common, which can be seen by the number of recalls issued throughout the country every year.
Honda’s Air Bag Recall
Honda has found itself in the middle of an airbag recall that affects millions of vehicles all across the country. With the most recent expansion to include another 2.6 million vehicles, the total number in need of repair has reached 5.4 million.
The recall is related to airbags supplied by Takata Corp. that can inflate with too much force upon impact. If this happens, metal parts can be spewed into the cabin. To date, a minimum of five people have been killed due to the problem.
Even though Honda is doing its best to address the concern, there is no way of knowing if every vehicle will be repaired. Subsequently, more injuries and deaths could occur in the future.
Steps to Take Following a Vehicle Recall
Hopefully, you learn about a recall through a letter sent to you in the mail. If this happens, the letter should most likely inform you of the following:
- Description of the problem
- Instructions on how to repair the problem
- Notice that you are not financially responsible for the repairs
- Information on how to contact them if you have problems with repairs
If a manufacturer makes a mistake in the design or manufacturing process of a vehicle, it is their responsibility to repair it for free. As long as no damages have incurred, you take the vehicle to a repair center and receive the repairs.
What happens though, if you have already experienced an injury or damages due to the listed recall? Then, it may be beneficial to your case to talk with a product lawyer.
Your defective product lawyer will complete the following tasks:
- Determine your damages: Depending on the type, and value, of damages, you may be eligible to seek compensation.
- Notify the danger: If you have not yet been notified of a danger, then it is possible that there is not yet a recall. Your lawyer will also help you report this to the NHTSA.
- File your case: Your lawyer can help you file a personal injury, or defective product, lawsuit against the responsible party.
- Protect your legal rights: You deserve to drive a vehicle that is free from design or manufacturing defects. We will fight to protect your legal rights.
While the NHTSA does a good job at identifying potential recalls, they do not always notify drivers of them before an injury is caused. If you were injured from a defective product, whether it is in Honda’s recall or not, it is important to reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible to consider if you have legal options.