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Airbag recall points to serious dangers in Georgia cars

Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an investigation following complaints of airbags that did not properly function. According to an NHTSA report, the rupturing airbags caused minor injuries in 2013. However, those few incidents have led to a massive event that affects drivers in Georgia and across the nation.

Since the initial report, eight people have lost their lives due to what the NHTSA has called a possible safety defect. Manufacturer Takata made the airbags, which have been the subject of the recall of over 30 million vehicles across the country, Consumer Reports notes. Several car manufacturers, including Honda, BMW and Toyota, have recalled vehicles to address the issue.

The problem stems from the airbag’s inflator. In some situations, the inflator ignites and ruptures. This can send metal shards flying throughout the car, causing serious injury and even death. Consumer Reports cites a number of factors that has led to the defect, including the following: 

  •        Exposure to high heat and humidity over the course of several years
  •        Poor quality control
  •        The design of the vehicle

In November of this year, Takata was penalized $200 million, $130 million of which is a charge that will be brought if the manufacturer fails to comply with the NHTSA’s orders. For example, Takata has to stop making and selling these inflators. Any such product that is currently on the road must be recalled unless the manufacturer can demonstrate its safety.

Though Consumer Reports states that the injuries stemming from these airbags are rare, anyone who has a vehicle with a Takata inflator should immediately contact his or her car’s manufacturer. The NHTSA keeps a list of all vehicles that have been recalled where drivers can determine if they have an affected car.

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