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Vehicle Airbags 101: What Florida Consumers Need To Know

At best, a good driver can only attempt to be a defensive driver when faced with the unpredictability of driving happenstances on the road. Still, accidents happen. Just as mothers often remind their children, that’s why they call it an accident. And sadly, the best driver cannot avoid the life-threatening effects caused by automotive defective manufacturing. While the auto industry can’t exactly prevent a Florida auto accident, they are expected to build their vehicles in a manner to protect their consumers. When a vehicle manufacturer flaunts the number, size, and location of their airbags, consumers rightfully come to expect them to deliver.

Since their inception and federal mandate in 1989, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has estimated that over 22,000 lives have been saved as the result of airbag protection of drivers and their passengers. Even though federal mandate only requires dual front airbags, the cheapest car sold in America—the Nissan Versa—already has 6 airbags. With the plethora of airbag placements, vehicle owners and drivers come to rely heavily on their function and reliability. But are airbags always reliable?

Vehicles Recalled for Defective Airbags

Below is a brief, yet not comprehensive list of just a few recent airbag recalls.

  • BMW 3-Series recalled over 220,000 airbags made by Takata in May, 2013

  • Over 3 million Takata airbag recalls via Toyota, Mazda, Honda, and Nissan in April, 2013

  • GM 2012 Buick Verano, Chevy Cruze, Sonic, and Camaro-airbag recalls by NHTSA

  • 2012-13 Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Ram Minivans-electrical problem causes wrongside airbag failure to inflate

If you were in a South Florida car accident and have been injured as the result of defective airbags, it is vital that you seek quality support from a skilled Accident Attorney in Broward County who understands the emotional, medical, financial, and legal issues that are at hand. Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld for a free legal consultation to receive the support you need. Call 954-677-0155.

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