Manufactures have a legal responsibility to make safe products. If you have been injured due to a defective product, you may be entitled to damages. Your injuries may be covered under product liability law.
A recent example of a defective product that has effected millions of people is the Takata airbag recall. Takata is a Japanese company that produces airbags found in many popular consumer vehicles, including Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, and Volkswagen. (to see full list, click here). Approximately 34 million vehicles are potentially affected in the United States, and another 7 million have been recalled worldwide.
In some models, the Takata made airbags are defective. When the airbags inflate, they essentially shoot shrapnel out of the container, injuring the passenger.
According to a New York Times article by Clifford Atiyeh, Honda and Takata knew about the airbag problem since 2004. It was in 2004 when an airbag inflator exploded in a 2002 Honda Accord involved in a crash in Alabama, sending metal fragments through the bag and injuring the driver. Honda later learned of three airbag ruptures in 2007 and settled with the victims, says the Times. Honda also is said to have settled with a Civic driver in 2008 who had “blood gushing” from her neck after being hit with a two-inch fragment when the airbag deployed after a “minor accident.” Another woman driving a Honda Accord is reported to have “bled to death in front of her three children” in 2009 when her car’s airbag sent shrapnel into her neck and chest.
A review of federal documents by the Times found that the airbags have caused two deaths and 30 injuries in Honda vehicles and a total of at least 139 reported injuries across all automakers.
While Takata has made headlines of late, it is not the only company that has made defective products that have injured consumers. Each year, millions of people are affected by defective products and are protected under product liability law. Product liability law is different than ordinary injury law, this set of rules can often make it easier for a consumer to recover damages.
Should you have been injured by a defective product, give us a call. The Law Offices of Jerrod Paul has the experience and expertise to see to it that you are fully protected under the law. We will aggressively advocate on your behalf, ensuring you recover the maximum amount you deserve.