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Airbag safety

North Carolina motorists may be interested to learn about the supplemental restraint systems that are in their vehicles. Airbags are meant to be used in conjunction with seat belts. Drivers who rely only on airbags without securing their seat belts are not being safe.

Airbags are located in various parts of a vehicle to protect drivers and passengers if a collision occurs. For airbags to work properly, they must be deployed at a speed over 200 mph faster than that of the collision. If defective parts or inadequate processes were used to create an airbag, then it can malfunction and present a danger to the occupants of a vehicle. Consumer Reports pinpoints the cause of a current recall of more than 42 million Takata airbags in the United States as an issue with the inflator. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration states that the use of propellants composed of ammonium nitrate with no chemical drying agent can cause an explosive ignition.

From 2002 to 2015, 19 vehicle manufacturers used the inflators in vehicles sold around the world. In the United States, it is expected that between 65 to 70 million airbags will be recalled. People who own vehicles with airbags containing defective inflators can have them replaced with no charge. However, recall data indicate that over 200,000 inflators have not been repaired in Southern California alone.

Individuals who have been injured because of a defective product may have legal recourse. A personal injury attorney who handles products liability cases may file lawsuits against the manufacturers or retailers of such a product.

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