If you haven't heard about the massive airbag recall, you probably don't need to worry about it because you are living under a rock. As long as you stay down there, and don't jump into a car, you're fine.
But for the rest of our readers, we've got some news you can use: You may want to switch out your airbags for new ones. The airbags may have the dangerous shrapnel-shooting parts from Japanese manufacturerTakata.
By the way, recent evidence shows that Takata "saw and hid risk in airbags in 2004". Sound familiar? (hint: think tobacco).
If you own one of the vehicles with defective airbags, and bought it in a "high-humidity state", you should have gotten a recall notice by mail. Humidity can cause the air bag propellant to burn too fast and cause the shrapnel-shooting effect.
If you bought your car in Central New York, you probably won't be getting a recall notice. Not a lot of humidity around here. But what if you are going to be visiting Florida or another high humidity State? What if you are going there for the winter? You might want consider getting your airbags replaced. (Or getting a new car!).
If you are unfortunate enough to get injured by a shrapnel-shooting airbag, call us.
The recall covers the following makes and models:
Acura: 2002-2003 CL and TL; 2003-2006 MDX; 2005 RL
BMW: 2000-2005 3-series sedan and wagon; 2000-2006 3-series coupe and convertible; 2001-2006 M3 coupe and convertible
Chrysler (including Dodge): 2005-2008 Chrysler 300; 2007-2008 Aspen
Dodge/Ram (including Chrysler): 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 1500; 2005-2008 Ram 2500, Dakota, and Durango; 2006-2008 Ram 3500 and 4500; 2008 Ram 5500
Ford: 2004 Ranger; 2005-2006 GT; 2005-2007 Mustang
Honda (including Acura): 2001-2007 Accord; 2001-2005 Civic; 2002-2006 CR-V; 2002-2004 Odyssey; 2003-2011 Element; 2003-2007 Pilot; 2006 Ridgeline
Infiniti: 2001-2004 Infiniti I30/I35; 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4; 2003-2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45
Lexus: 2002-2005 SC430
Mazda: 2003-2007 Mazda 6; 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed 6; 2004-2008 Mazda RX-8; 2004-2005 MPV; 2004 B-series
Mitsubishi: 2004-2005 Lancer; 2006-2007 Raider
Nissan (including Infiniti): 2001-2003 Maxima; 2001-2004 Pathfinder; 2002-2004 Nissan Sentra
Pontiac: 2003-2005 Vibe
Saab: 2005 9-2X
Subaru: 2003-2005 Baja, Legacy, Outback; 2004-2005 Impreza, Impreza WRX, Impreza WRX STI
Toyota: 2002-2005 Toyota Corolla and Sequoia; 2003-2005 Matrix, Tundra
Email me at: email@example.com I'd love to hear from you!
Michael G. Bersani, Esq.
Central NY Personal Injury Lawyers
Michaels & Smolak, P.C.