According to the latest report by MSNBC and the Associated Press, hundreds of thousands of Honda automobiles are being recalled because of a risk that the airbags could potentially explode, causing injury or death to passengers and drivers.
The company posted a notice on the corporation’s website, expanding the recall to include Honda and Acura vehicles, in which “affected driver’s airbag inflators may deploy with too much pressure, which can cause the inflator casing to rupture and could result in injury or fatality,” the message said. Reports suggest that up to 876,000 cars may be at risk because of the exploding airbags.
Honda Motor Company, Ltd. Is a Japanese corporation, primarily known for manufacturing automobiles and motorcycles. Honda is the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer, as well as the sixth-largest car-manufacturer in the world. Honda produces mainly small-to-mid-sized passenger cars, and released Acura, its luxury brand, in 1986.
When a corporation, such as a car manufacturer, produces a product that is to be sold to the public, that company is responsible for testing their product and ensuring that it is safe for consumer use. When a defective or dangerous product is sold to customers and that product harms customers, the company may be held legally responsible for injuries. This is how Chicago personal injury lawsuits arise.
When companies are held responsible in Illinois product liability lawsuits they may be made to pay compensatory damages, which attempt to put an injured person back in the position he or she was in before being injured, such as compensation for medical and hospital expenses, and the loss of a normal life following the injury. Additionally, in some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded; punitive damages are intended to punish wrongdoers and send a message to the responsible corporation and other companies to be more careful in the future.
This latest recall includes certain 2001 and 2002 Accord, 2001 to 2003 Civic, 2001 to 2003 Odyssey, 2002 and 2003 CR-V, 2003 Pilot, 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL and 2003 Acura 3.2 CL vehicles. However, the company also said airbag service parts were sold for installation in an unknown number of vehicles for collision repair or other services. Honda’s released press statement said that “Honda is unable to determine the specific vehicles that may have received the affected service parts through existing information, [so] Honda will inspect an additional approximately 603,000 vehicles and replace those parts as necessary.”
Consumers should ensure that their vehicles are not affected by the recall. Nevertheless, if persons are injured or killed by these exploding airbags, Honda could potentially be liable for damages.
If you’ve had an incident with a product that caused an injury, or are the survivor of someone who may have died from the use or exposure to a dangerous or defective product, it’s important that you know your rights under the law. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys understand the importance of protecting consumers, and even won a $3 million settlement against a car manufacturer that improperly designed the fuel delivery system of a vehicle, resulting in a fuel-fed fire after a head-on collision that killed the occupants of the vehicle.