Shine Lawyers is investigating the potential for legal action on behalf of individuals who’ve been affected by the recent recall of over half a million Australian vehicles due to faulty airbags.
In what could be the largest consumer recall in history, Japanese air bag manufacturer, Takata Corp, is doubling a recall of airbags to nearly 34 million vehicles. The company had previously recalled 16.6 million vehicles for repairs for the same issue.
The airbag inflators in these faulty makes were not sealed properly allowing moisture to seep into the propellant casing, causing airbags to explode and shoot shrapnel inside the vehicle. There have been six deaths linked to the defective air bags, all in cars made by Honda.
Shine Lawyers Special Counsel Rebecca Jancauskas explained that those affected could be entitled to bring claims for injury or loss suffered as a consequence of the failure of these airbags.
“These car companies have a legal duty to protect their customers from harm and they should be doing all they can to replace potentially defective airbags as a matter of priority. With suggestions that replacement parts will not be available until next year, these car companies should be providing affected families with temporary vehicles until their cars can be made safe,” she said.
Ms Jancauskas said that it is the responsibility of the airbag manufacturer to ensure their product is a safe one and adequately tested.
“Car manufacturers are responsible for ensuring compliance with Australia’s vehicle safety standards and are required to conduct appropriate tests and submit evidence to demonstrate this compliance.”
Almost half a million Australian motorists will need to return their cars for urgent safety work from Toyota, Honda and Nissan.
Ms Jancauskas said that questions should be asked about the testing that was conducted and the VSS compliance that allowed these defective vehicles to be released onto the Australian market.
If you have been injured in an incident involving a faulty airbag we can provide you with information regarding your rights under the law.
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Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: February 27, 2020.