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7.78 million defective air bags recalled to prevent more deaths

Arkansas vehicle owners should be aware that an automotive supplier was asked to recall approximately 7.78 million automotive airbags after it was discovered that they can potentially release shrapnel and plastic when deployed. It is believed that at least two deaths have been caused by the defective air bags.

On Oct. 29, a deputy administrator for the National Traffic Safety Administration asked the company responsible for producing the defective inflation canisters approximately how long it may take to speed up production of replacement parts. Additionally, the NHTSA wants to know if any other suppliers could produce the parts to repair the affected vehicles. The NHTSA noted that the administration has contacted motor vehicle dealers to help with spreading the word about the recall and to swap out the parts in affected vehicles in a speedy manner.

In addition to determining how quickly the affected vehicles may have the dangerous parts replaced, the NHTSA is also interested in finding out what type of quality control measures are in place at the automotive supplier. The NHTSA intends to begin doubling its testing program while requiring that the supplier step up its own testing procedures.

When an injury or death is directly caused by auto defects, those who suffered the injury or suffered the loss of their loved one may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the company that produced the defective or dangerous part. The plaintiff must be able to prove that the defective part was a contributing factor in the injuries or death. In most cases, a products liability attorney may assist the plaintiff by gathering the needed evidence and helping negotiate a settlement. In rare cases where a settlement cannot be reached, the attorney may be able to provide representation during the trial.

Source: USA Today, "Takata pressured to speed up air bag recalls", Chris Woodyard, October 30, 2014

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