The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is responsible for publishing national recall information, has issued yet another recall this year. The Takata airbag recall recently made headlines. This time, the recall is focused on more than 2 million vehicles that could potentially have crash sensor defects.
Defective Sensors Manufactured by TRW
TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. made more than 2 million defective crash sensors. These sensors are designed to sense an impact serious enough to deploy an airbag. The current problem causes the airbags to deploy even when a crash isn’t considered severe enough for an airbag to be necessary, which can cause unnecessary harm to a driver or passenger. In fact, some of the airbags may deploy for no reason at all.
Which vehicle brands were named in the recall?
Vehicle brands affected by the recall include the following, all manufactured between 2002 and 2004.
- Dodge Viper
- Jeep Liberty
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Honda Odyssey
- Toyota Corolla
- Toyota Avalon
- Acura MDX
- Toyota Matrix
- Pontiac Vibe
Some of the manufacturers named already attempted to fix some of the defective airbags by installing devices designed to block electrical surges from reaching the sensors. Unfortunately, manufacturers will now have to replace the sensors entirely, according to an article published in CNN Money. This is yet another big hit to Honda. Fined the largest amount in history for failing to report over 1,700 accidents, the car giant may be looking at even more liability for consumer injuries.
What should I do if my vehicle was named in the recall?
You can learn more about affected vehicles by visiting www.SaferCar.gov. If your car is listed then you will be able to have the defect repaired free of charge. As soon as you learn about the defect, you should try to stop driving the car and call a dealership to schedule an appointment. Dealerships give priority to automobile recalls so you should be able to get an appointment within a week or so.
Understand Your Legal Options
A defective airbag in a vehicle can be very dangerous. If an airbag deploys unexpectedly, it can cause serious injuries to the driver, passengers, and other drivers as the car spins out of control. If this has happened to you in Redmond, the law provides you with the option of filing a civil suit for damages to recover financial damages for harm suffered. An attorney can help you understand this process and the types of damages available.
At Max Meyers Law PLLC, our lawyers will guide you through everything you need to know about an injury caused by a defective vehicle part. For more information, call us today at 425-399-7000.