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Mercedes airbag recall highlights the dangers of defective parts

On Behalf of | Aug 19, 2022 | Auto Product Liability, car accidents |

Most people believe they are safe when they get into an automobile. Drivers trust that both they and their passengers will be safe as long as they follow good driving practices in Minnesota. In reality, more than 100,000 vehicle accidents result from defective auto products every year. The Mercedes recall of vehicles due to defective airbags provides an example of the types of defects that affect car driver safety.

What defect made Mercedes recall multiple models?

In 2017, Mercedes recalled over 1,000 of their vehicles produced in 2016 due to defective airbags. The specific problem with the airbag involved the propellant mix ratio in the igniter portion of the airbag. This imbalance can prevent the airbag from deploying in a crash.

Why did Takata get sued over their airbags?

Takata Corp manufactures airbags for a variety of car companies, including Mercedes. Takata found itself at the center of more than 70 class action lawsuits regarding its airbags. The lawsuits allege that the airbags violently explode frequently and expel metal debris. In addition to the class action lawsuits, Takata’s defective airbags resulted in dozens of personal injury lawsuits over defective auto parts.

Which vehicle defects occur most often?

Defective airbags pose a potential hazard to your health, but other defective products exist in vehicles. The most common ones include:

  • Steering wheels
  • Brake systems
  • Tires
  • Fuel systems
  • Electrical systems
  • Seats

What rights do you have if you’ve been injured due to faulty products?

You have the right to seek compensation if you’ve been injured due to a defective product. Defective products produce a great potential for injury, which can result in high medical bills. Personal injury lawsuits may allow you to collect compensation for your bills as well as for your pain and suffering.


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