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Japanese automakers recall cars due to airbags

Three Japanese automakers recently issued recalls affecting vehicles in Louisiana and other southern states known for their humid climates. The automakers, Honda, Mazda and Nissan, are recalling nearly 3 million vehicles because of the possibility that high absolute humidity might cause their airbags to explode. The automakers announced the recalls on June 23.

Reportedly, Takata Corp., a Japanese auto-part supplier, is responsible for the faulty airbags. According to authorities, the airbags may deploy and rupture in the presence of too much pressure. Alongside the National Highway Transit Safety Agency, Takata initiated an investigation into the defective airbags. The investigation reportedly began after six incidents involving Takata airbags occurred in Florida and Puerto Rico. A representative for Takata stated that the corporation believes that high absolute humidity is a contributory factor to the malfunctioning airbags.

The southern states involved in the Honda recall include Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Texas and Mississippi. Honda reportedly estimates that some 2 million cars will be affected by the recalls. Moreover, the recalls will also include about 755,000 Nissan vehicles and 160,000 Mazda vehicles, according to authorities.

Faulty auto parts may potentially cause traffic accidents that result in traumatic injuries and even fatalities. When this occurs, the people who suffer damages as a result of the auto accident may hold the at-fault party accountable through civil action.

For example, certain family members of people who die in accidents caused by a defective auto part may file a wrongful death claim against the manufacturer of the faulty part. Furthermore, accident victims may retain a personal injury lawyer and file suit against the responsible manufacturer, seeking financial compensation for hospital bills, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and lost wages related to their injuries.

Source: The Christian Science Monitor, "Mazda, Honda, and Nissan recall 2.8 million vehicles for faulty airbags", Ellen Meyers, June 23, 2014

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