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For many Atlanta residents, being in a car accident can be a frightening experience, but if it happens, I’m sure everyone hopes the safety equipment in the car works properly. However, a new defective product that was discovered may put this hope in jeopardy.

The defective product is an airbag released by a large Japanese air bag manufacturer. There are at least 3.4 million vehicles that could have the defective airbag and they are all being recalled and that number may rise. The companies that are instating the recalls are Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota. The affected vehicles go as far back as the year 2000.

The problem is that the front passenger airbag may fail to properly inflate if a collision occurs. This could cause extra injury the passenger or even start a fire. Although it appears that no injuries or deaths have been caused by this problem yet, the nature of the defect makes it seem like only a matter of time.

Proving that injuries incurred from a defective problem is often difficult. This is especially true in this case because the problem does not become apparent until a car accident, where injuries are likely to be incurred anyway. It is likely that in addition to a personal injury suit against the other driver and any other negligent parties, a product liability lawsuit can be brought against the manufacturer of the airbag as well. That way, a full recovery can be made for the injured party.

Sustaining an injury from a car accident is a difficult experience to recover from. Atlanta residents should not hesitate to make sure their rights are protected and ensure that a full recovery is possible.

Source: Reuters – “Japan carmakers recall 3.4 million vehicles for Takata airbag flaw,” Yoko Kubota, April 11, 2013