If Your Airbag Injured You, Our Odessa Car Accident Lawyers Can Help
The recalling of Takata airbags started in 2014, according to KTBS3, and yet damage remains imminent with millions of defective airbags sitting in vehicles across the state of Texas. Takata airbags were recalled due to issues with the inflator in the device rupturing and shooting pieces of metal at drivers.
Being involved in a car accident is a traumatic experience in itself. Drivers should not have to worry about their safety devices turning on them in the event of a crash. If you or a loved one has been injured because of your airbag, our Odessa car accident lawyers at Attorney Robert White may be able to help you seek compensation for your losses.
Airbags: Safe or Deadly?
We all know airbags are meant to protect you in the event of a crash, but Takata airbags are doing the opposite.
“I was driving home when a vehicle pulled out in front of me. Our cars collided. The airbag deployed. But instead of protecting me, its inflator ruptured shooting a piece of metal into my right eye. My vision will never be the same,” Stephanie Erdman, who was injured by a Takata airbag, said.
While Stephanie survived her accident and horrible encounter with her airbag, many others were not so fortunate. 16 Americans have been killed by their defective Takata airbags.
Those who live in Texas are more at risk of injury if they do not get their Takata airbag replaced. Due to extreme temperatures in Texas, older cars have been exposed to prolonged heat and humidity, making the pressurized airbags even more dangerous. There are currently 1.7 million defective airbags in Texas.
Does My Car Have a Takata Airbag?
If you are unsure if your vehicle is harboring a Takata airbag, take a look at this list from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration highlighting their “DO NOT DRIVE” vehicles.
- 2001-2002 Honda Civic
- 2001-2002 Honda Accord
- 2002 Honda CR-V
- 2002 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 Honda Pilot
- 2002-2003 Acura TL
- 2003 Acura CL
- Certain 2006 Ford Ranger
- Certain 2006 Mazda B-Series
If you are driving one of these vehicles it is imperative that you have your vehicle checked for defective airbags. You can go on airbagrecall.com and if your vehicle has a defective airbag, the website will provide you with a list of the five closest dealers to you based on the zip code you provide. Replacing a defective airbag is free and only takes a few hours. Protect you and your loved ones and get your airbag changed today.
Know Your Rights
If you were injured by a defective airbag, you have legal rights. You deserve compensation for your losses and justice for your injuries. The law offices of Attorney Robert white, have been helping people injured in accidents in Odessa for years. Our Odessa car accident lawyers know and understand the laws that protect you from having to suffer physically and financially from defective products and auto accidents. Call us today at (432) 580-5421 or fill out our case evaluation form online for a free consultation.