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Is your car a hazard?

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

Recently, one of the biggest airbag manufacturers announced that millions of vehicles — 34 million, in fact — with their product in them may not be safe. As such, these vehicles are being put on a recall list. The reason for the danger? The airbags are potentially explosive in the event of a car accident, which could send shrapnel all over the car.

Takata announced the recall nearly a month ago, but car manufacturers are still scrambling to compile a list of all their vehicles by identification number and, from that, extract a list of vehicles that were made with the faulty air bags. Because of this, many drivers do not feel safe driving their cars, yet have no choice if they want to go to work.

Experts say that the manufacturer most affected is Honda. Other brands that use Takata airbags include BMW, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota, Mazda and Mitsubishi. Though consumers can take their car to the dealership to see if their vehicle is being recalled, there is little information available to anyone right now. The best thing to do is to periodically check the government’s recall website to see if your car was deemed unsafe. Even so, it is unclear when the lists of vehicles with Takata airbags will be complete.

Even after the lists are compiled, it could take years to replace all the airbags. Drivers in Contra Costa County who have suffered serious injury due to a car accident involving Takata airbags should contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. They can guide you through the process of claiming compensation.