Honda Recalls More Autos Because of Dangerous Airbag Defect

August 4, 2009, by Michael A. DeMayo

Honda Motor Company has expanded a recall it initiated last November due to an airbag defect. Approximately 440,000 cars have been added to the recall list that now includes 2002-2003 Acura TLs, 2001-2002 Honda Accords, and 2001 Civics.

The airbag defect is linked to one death and six injuries. Apparently, some of the driver-side airbags have inflators that are over-pressurized. This can cause a rupture when the airbags are activated that can lead to metal fragments coming through the airbag and fatally striking a vehicle occupant.

Airbag Defects
Airbags are ideally designed to keep passengers safe during a motor vehicle crash. According to the NHTSA, over the last two decades airbags have saved over 22,000 lives. In order for this to happen, they have to be deployed safely and at the right time, as well as be free from defects. More than 284 airbag-related fatalities have occurred since 1990.

Airbag injuries can occur when the airbag inflates or deflates too quickly, too slowly, or not at all. People have also been known to get hurt because the airbag inflated when it wasn’t supposed to.

Common airbag defects that can lead to injuries or death:

• Faulty deployment
• Improper installation
• Defective design

Injuries that have been known to occur because of side air bag defects:

• Spinal cord injuries
• Traumatic brain injuries
• Facial injuries
• Hand injuries
• Chest injuries
• Pelvic injuries
• Heart injuries
• Chest injuries
• Bone injuries

Proving auto products liability can be a complex and challenging process and one that our Charlotte car accident lawyers are familiar with. We are here to discuss your North Carolina personal injury case with you.


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