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Nicoletti Walker Law Group July 1, 2016

According to a new report released by the Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee, at least four automakers (Toyota, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi, and Fiat Chrysler) are still selling brand new cars that contain the defective Takata airbags which were recalled around the world after being linked to at least 13 deaths and more than 100 injuries. In fact, it has become such an issue that, on June 2nd, General Motors and Ford recalled an additional four million cars with the airbags. As stated by the New York Times, this is completely unacceptable, especially since Toyota and Fiat Chrysler have refused to disclose which models, specifically, have the airbags, making it impossible for consumers to even be aware that the car they are purchasing will eventually need to be recalled.

Why are these airbags still being used? Supposedly it is because Takata and other manufacturers cannot keep up with producing enough airbags to supply both new cars and previously recalled cars. There appears to be nothing out there protecting car buyers and general consumers, as faulty bags placed in new cars won’t be recalled until the end of 2018 at the earliest. So what about drivers and passengers subject to these faulty airbags until then? What about their safety, and the safety of their loved ones riding in these cars?

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Not Doing Enough

Certain lawmakers are now publicly asking why the sale of new cars with defective airbags cannot be completely banned. While it is possible that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may not have the authority to put such a ban in place, they most definitely could require automakers to at least inform consumers about which cars contain the defective airbags. This is crucial, as it is entirely common for manufacturers to be unable to reach owners years after they’ve purchased a car, particularly if the car has been resold used. This equals a lot of lives permanently placed in harm’s way. In fact, experts have said that at least 20 percent or so of recalled cars are never repaired. In the words of the New York Times, “It’s a bizarre situation when a faulty device is knowingly put into new cars. This can’t give consumers much confidence in this industry or its regulator.”

Florida Already Highly Unsafe On the Roads

These findings do not bode well for Florida, in particular: a study just released indicates that Florida is not very safe, especially when it comes to road safety. With road safety and auto accidents being a serious issue here, and the fact that many drivers are still unknowingly using these defective airbags (in a humid environment, which makes the chance of the airbags exploding more likely), we could see the number of car accidents and related injuries and deaths skyrocket.

Contact an Attorney for Assistance

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car accident and/or negligence, an attorney can help. Clearwater attorney Mike Walker regularly represents clients in Florida who have been the victims of negligence and road safety issues. He knows that these accidents can alter your life. Contact the office today and Mike Walker can start helping you immediately.