Reports of present dangers in our vehicles and recalls from major manufacturers have been frequent in the news as of lately. A variety of parts have been reported as faulty or in need of recall for posing a danger to the driver and passengers. According to a recent report by NBC Chicago, BMW has joined other automakers in a recall. The automobile manufacturer has announced an expansion of its air bag recall. After demands from the U.S. government, BMW has agreed to replace the driver’s side air bags. The decision to do this recall affects 140,000 BMW 3 Series cars that were made between January 2004 and August 2006. Earlier in the year, the company also took 574,000 cars off of the market in the United States.
According to the same article, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been urging companies to recall their older cars with air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. These air bags can explode with too much force and then spew shrapnel at drivers and passengers. There have been at least five deaths due to Takata air bag inflators. In total across all automakers, 15 million vehicles have been recalled in the United States. Initially, recalls were only done in states with high humidity because the air bag inflator propellant could burn faster than designed when exposed to prolonged airborne moisture. What that occurred, the propellant would blow apart a metal canister meant to contain the explosion.
Furthermore, the article explains that Takata has refused a request for a nationwide recall of driver’s side inflators, which are about 8 million in total. There are 10 automakers in total that use Takata driver and passenger air bags. There could be as many as 30 million vehicles nationwide with these air bags.
BMW is the last of the automakers to agree to replace air bags in all affected cars. However, providing a safe vehicle to the consumer should be a priority to automakers. Where there is knowledge of danger that can cause serious injury or death, manufacturers should not be hesitant to protect consumers. In fact, under product liability law, it is the legal duty of manufacturers and sellers of cars to inspect their products for dangers and defects, warn consumers of known defects, and remove the dangers from the marketplace. Where a company fails to do so and injury or death results from their negligence, they can be held liable in a product liability or wrongful death lawsuit.
It is not only automakers that have a duty under product liability law. In fact, there are many products that we use every day that often are the source of product liability lawsuits. Some other common categories include medical devices, tools, medicine, food, appliances, toys, and clothing. Our lawyers are passionate about this area of the law because it is our goal to make the marketplace a safer place for everyone. Through our efforts, we have recovered successful verdicts and settlements for our clients to get them the justice they deserve and have ensured that the dangerous product was removed from the market and could not cause future harm. If you or someone you love has suffered injury from a dangerous product, legal action may be the right choice for you. Call us for a free consultation, and we would be happy to speak to you about your potential case.