Car accidents happen every single day in Arizona. Some are avoidable, others are not. Some have minor outcomes, while others result in fatality. To help avoid the latter, safety equipment -- such as airbags -- is installed in vehicles. What happens and who is responsible if that safety equipment fails when a car crash actually happens?
BMW recently joined the list of auto manufacturers that have had to recall cars due to defective airbags. Approximately 200,000 vehicles are affected by this recall. According to reports, these automobiles contain the Takata airbags which have been known to launch debris and shrapnel when they are activated.
This defect has contributed to at least 15 deaths and over 150 injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, millions of automobiles in the country are fitted with these airbags. Those whose vehicles are on the recall list are advised to have the issue resolved as quickly as possible.
Anyone in Arizona who has been injured or lost a loved one in a car crash due to one of these defective airbags may be able to take legal action. Not only can civil claims be filed against the other driver -- if he or she is believed to have been negligent and caused the accident -- but claims may also be filed against the vehicle manufacturer and others in the chain of supply who may be held responsible for the airbag defect. An experienced attorney will be able to review the facts of one's case, file and litigate any applicable civil claims and seek full and fair compensation for the client.
Source: autoworldnews.com, "BMW Recalls Nearly 200,000 Over Defective Airbags", Jeroah Sabado, Jan. 2, 2017