Toyota and General Motors are trying to recall about 887,709 vehicles because of an airbag defect. They found that the circuit board controlling the airbag system was prone to short out, which causes increased heat and abnormal current flow. These will damage the circuits and potentially cause untimely airbag deployment. Included in the affected cars are certain 2003-2004 Corollas and 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibes. As of now, there is no date set for the recall, but it is certain that the dealers will perform the service for free once a schedule is determined. Further details can be found by using the NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 13V029000.
In addition, General Motors found another airbag defect in some 2012 Chevrolet Camaros, Buick Veranos, Chevrolet Cruzes & Sonics. In all, there are 3,896 vehicles that are scheduled to recall around February 13, 2013. The problem is with the frontal airbag, which has a bar that makes contact with the airbag terminals. If the bar and the airbag are touching one another during the time of a collision, then the vehicle will not deploy the airbag, increasing the potential for injury. To find out more details about this recall, refer to the NHSTA Campaign ID Number: 13V023000.
While air bags have shown their value in protecting passengers, there has been a startling number of recalls in the past few years. In 2012, there were 22 recalls for cars spanning 18 different brands. This year, there have already been air-bag recalls for over 1.5 million vehicles. A Honda spokesman attributes this to the increasingly complex airbag systems. While this recall was found before any passengers were injured, this is not always the case. If you have been injured in a car accident because of an auto defect, contact a Martin County personal injury lawyer from Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC We are committed to providing you with individual attention so you can be informed during every step of the process.