A driver seeking damages as a representative of the owners of 5 million Honda and Acura models recalled in the US for potentially unsafe airbags has taken legal action against Takata Corp. and Honda Motor Co. The claim was filed in federal court in Los Angeles. Four deaths and more than 30 injuries in the US are linked to defective airbags supplied by Tokyo-based Takata Corp.
The airbags allegedly deployed too powerfully, splashing the occupants with metal shrapnel. This Takata airbag flaw has led to millions of recalled cars since 2008, and this year recalls have affected 7.8 million vehicles in the US.
Two deaths related to the Takata airbags acknowledged by Honda
"Responding to these recalls, whether old or new, is essential to personal safety and it will help aid our ongoing investigation into Takata airbags and what appears to be a problem related to extended exposure to consistently high humidity and temperatures. However, we’re leaving no stone unturned in our aggressive pursuit to track down the full geographic scope of this issue," declared the NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman.
Honda acknowledged two deaths related to the Takata airbag defect and is investigating two more. 5 million vehicles and 11 models have been affected by recalls in the past two years, including top sellers such as the CR-V SUV, the Accord sedan, and Civic compact car.
Auto Parts in California Legislation
If a manufacturing or a design defect was the cause of your injury, you or your family members can file a product liability lawsuit to recover financial compensation. Also, when you buy or lease a defective car, you have various rights under both federal and state law.
A “lemon” is a vehicle that has repeated defects that impair its safety, use or value.
A car is considered a lemon if:
- it has a serious defect that the dealer could not fix in at least four attempts
- the vehicle has been out of service for at least 30 (cumulative, not consecutive) days since its purchase
Rules differ from state to state, but in California, the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (also popular as the Lemon Law) presumes that during the first 18 months of 18,000 miles, the manufacturer has had a reasonable number of attempts to repair the vehicle.
Defective Auto Parts Can Cause Important Harm and Injuries
Defective car parts can be responsible for a series of personal injuries, which can lead to long-term health effects, permanent scars, emotional trauma, extensive and expensive surgeries, and rehabilitation programs that require extensive medical treatment.
Common injuries include:
How to Prevent Defective Auto Parts Accidents
Millions of Americans are injured or killed in car accidents caused by defective auto parts. However, these accidents can be prevented by following some simple steps:
- check the NHTSA website to see if your vehicle has been recalled
- report to NHTSA any potential safety defect
- do not neglect routine maintenance and follow the manufacturer’s maintenance calendar from the owner’s manual
How Can the Sacramento & Elk Grove-based O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm Help?
Proving liability in the case of a defective automobile is not a simple process. Therefore, you need the help of an experienced product liability attorney. My staff and I work together with design engineers, safety experts, and automotive industry specialists to determine whether the vehicle or one of its components led to your injuries.
We also review company records to determine whether the manufacturer knew about the defect but failed to recall the vehicle. Contact the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm at 800.722.4176 for legal representation in your defective product case in the Sacramento and Elk Grove areas.