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Takata Air Bag Recalls Swell to Affect 25 Million U.S. Vehicles

Product liability is a branch of personal injury law that deals primarily with dangerous and/or defective products being brought to the market due to negligent manufacturers. Since 1966, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has required companies and their affiliates to recall some 400 million motor vehicles, 50 million tires and 70 million other components to correct potentially dangerous auto design defects and keep consumers safe while on the road.

Late last month, in what has become the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of approximately 25 million vehicles equipped with defective Takata air bags. The recall will incorporate vehicles made by GM, Ford, BMW, Volkswagen, Honda, Mazda, Mercedes and Daimler Trucks, among others. (ABC News)

Throughout the course of any given year, it is common for both automotive companies, as well as the manufacturers of various vehicle parts and components to recall defective or unsafe products from the market. The vast majority of these recalls are promptly conducted by a responsible party as soon as they became aware of an issue, and communicating with owners to keep them safe. However, when companies fail to act on their knowledge of design defects in a timely manner, they place millions of drivers in serious danger. In these scenarios, our civil justice system is crucial to protecting the rights of victims, and in subsequent lawsuits, personal injury lawyers play an essential role in holding individuals and corporations accountable when they opt to value profits over people.

In many cases, our legal team has not only recovered a substantial settlement for our clients, we have also successfully removed defective vehicle parts and components from the marketplace, ensuring that they cannot cause further harm. In one such case, our firm represented the family of two individuals who lost their lives in a car fire. Filing suit against a major American automobile manufacturer, we were able to prove that an improperly designed fuel delivery system fed and intensified the fire, resulting in a $3 million settlement for our clients.

While the majority of companies and manufacturers deem the safety of consumers to be their top priority, in some cases, a recall may be too late to prevent injuries. In more extreme scenarios, the negligence or dishonesty of companies may knowingly put the public in danger. If you have been seriously injured because of an automobile design defect, you may be entitled to compensation. We will take the legal steps necessary to hold negligent parties accountable and ensure your rights are protected.