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A recall is officially underway for the first portion of trucks and SUVs the federal government has ordered General Motors to recall for defective Takata airbags. According to a report on CNET.com, GM filed recall documents with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) letting the agency know that the campaign will officially kick off on March 1.
Details of the Recall
The 2.6 million vehicles included in this recall are separate from past recalls. Last November, federal officials said GM must conduct a recall for 6 million trucks and SUVs that are equipped with Takata airbag inflators. This is just the first batch of vehicles to be recalled. The recalled vehicles will include GM trucks and SUVs from the 2007-2014 model years. GM said this batch is for vehicles sold or ever registered or still in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and the territory of Puerto Rico.
NHTSA has found that these vehicles feature non-desiccated passenger front airbag inflators with ammonium nitrate propellant, which could degrade over time as it is exposed to high temperatures and humidity. The inflators may then explode when airbags deploy sending shrapnel flying at vehicle occupants.
While GM initially tried to argue that its version of Takata inflators does not pose the same risk, NHTSA dismissed that argument. Vehicle owners will receive notice of the recall beginning March 1. However, GM does not have the remedy complete yet. Another piece of mail at a later date will instruct owners to bring their truck or SUV to a dealer who will then install a new front passenger seat airbag at no cost to consumers. So far Takata airbags in a variety of vehicle models have caused at least 25 deaths and 300 injuries worldwide.
Takata Airbag Lawsuits
There are still millions of these unrepaired defective vehicles containing faulty Takata airbags on our roadways. Particularly at risk are millions of people who own used cars that they bought at dealerships or auctions. Sadly, there are no laws requiring dealers to repair recalled cars before they sell them, even though doing so cost dealerships nothing.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective auto, you may be able to file an auto product liability claim against the automaker or the manufacturer of the defective part seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation and pain and suffering. It is important that victims and their families contact an auto defect law firm that has successfully investigated and won similar cases against large automakers.