An auto defect has been linked to the death of a teen driver, allegedly making it the ninth now attributed to the Takata airbag defect. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said that they are expanding the recall efforts and moving as quickly as possible to fix the problem.
A spokesman for NHTSA said the young driver was driving a 2001 Honda Accord when he was involved in a car accident in which the airbag apparently ruptured and exploded. Unfortunately, the owner of the car, a relative of the teen, had not been in compliance with a number of recall orders. Honda had allegedly mailed another recall order describing the danger of the Takata airbag just one day prior to the fatal accident.
How Are Manufacturers Dealing with the Auto Defect?
The accident proves just how difficult it can be for automakers to get through to the 19 million car owners that could be in danger due to the airbag defect. Takata is responsible for manufacturing airbags for 12 different car companies, including BMW, Honda, VW, and more.
NHTSA has also appointed an independent monitor who will be responsible for overseeing the recall. The monitor, a former Justice Department official, will make sure that the car manufacturers are all in complete compliance with the government ordered recalls.
NHTSA has sent letters out to various other car manufacturing companies asking them to identify any models that have Takata airbags installed. A spokesman for NHTSA said that recall efforts may be expanded even further. Experts believe that it is likely to take many years before the problem is completely fixed.
Targan & Pender handle personal injury cases involving auto defects in Atlantic City, Middle Township, and Cape May.