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More defective airbags recalled

It seems like it wasn't long ago when millions of vehicles were recalled due to defective airbag inflators that were known to throw shrapnel throughout a vehicle, including into drivers and passengers. These Takata-made airbag inflators have caused 290 injuries worldwide, and 23 people have been killed by them, which is nothing short of tragic. As of recently, 37 million vehicles in America had been recalled to replace defective air inflators, but another recall has increased that total even more.

Toyota has now recalled more than 1 million vehicles in the U.S. for these same defective auto parts. The recall affects a number of models produced from 2010 to 2016, including the Corolla, Matrix, 4Runner and Sienna. Some Lexus models have been recalled, too, including many of the IS models produced between 2010 and 2015. Given the risk involved with driving with these defective inflators, motorists should take caution.

It's a sad reality that defective auto products like these make it to the market with relative frequency. A quick internet search can uncover a number of recalled vehicles for a variety of reasons. Faulty brakes and engine parts can start vehicle fires, defective tires can cause blowouts and improper wiring can lead to the malfunction of critical safety features. All of these defects put consumers at risk of serious injuries and death.

Those who suffer harm caused by a defective auto product may be able to recover compensation for their damages, whether they be medical expenses, lost wages and/or property damage. To do so, however, a victim must prove certain legal elements. This usually requires a firm grasp of the law and skillful application of it to the fact at hand.



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