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A worldwide airbag recall is expanding over fears they may spontaneously deploy and explode, injuring or even killing drivers and passengers.
The affected airbags were manufactured by Japan's Takata Corporation and installed in millions of vehicles that have been sold around the world. The risk is that the airbags' inflators can potentially explode, sending "metal bits flying" into the passenger compartment, according to USA Today.
The problem, identified as early as 2007, has been linked to more than 30 injuries and two deaths in Honda vehicles in the United States.
Worldwide and U.S. Regional Recalls
A prior recall in April and May 2013 attempted to address the airbag inflator problem, but apparently it did not go far enough. That's why seven automakers are moving forward with two new recalls involving Takata airbags:
It's not exactly clear how humidity contributes to the airbag problem; NHTSA is investigating.
Takata Settles With Victims, Surviving Relatives
As The New York Times reports, Takata has already reached settlements with families of the two victims whose deaths were linked to exploding airbags. The Times also reports that a Georgia woman who was severely injured by an exploding Takata airbag has reached an undisclosed settlement with the company.
Anyone who's similarly been injured by a faulty airbag can potentially sue for compensation for medical costs, lost wages, and even loss of consortium. If you're wondering how much your airbag-injury case may be worth, or whether you even have a case, consult an experienced motor vehicle defects lawyer today.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.