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Used Cars And Defective And Recalled Air Bags

Most automobile safety experts and researchers share the opinion your air-bag system is one of the most critical safety elements your car has. The Supplemental Restraint System goes largely un-noticed until the moment of greatest need and we take the reliability and safety of the system for granted. With a used car, the owner may not know the vehicle's repair history and whether or not the vehicle's air bags are reliable.

The Takata air bag recall has made headlines recently and has brought to light the dangers of the defective air bags. For many cars recalls are under way to replace the defective airbags, but what happens when those vehicles are involved in collisions and end up in salvage yards. In many cases, defective air bags are being removed from these cars and are being sold to repair shops to be put into other cars and there are no laws to prevent their reuse. The ramifications of this are immense and in the case of a woman in Nevada who was recently rushed to a trauma center after a collision where surgeons removed pieces that damaged her vocal cords. The pieces emanated from the salvaged Takata air bag. The air bag from the car in question was taken from a car in phoenix an insurance company declared a total loss.

Engineers from Honda inspected the car and found the inflator blew apart and they traced the air-bag serial number to a car covered by the recall but never had the inflator replaced. It's perfectly legal under Federal Law for air bag assemblies or other parts subject to recall to be pulled out of wrecked cars and then be sold to repair shops who may not know the danger. Many insurance companies actually require used parts to be used to repair damaged cars with the theory a damaged car is nothing more than a collection of used parts. Michael Brooks who is the acting director of the non-profit Center for Auto Safety says there should be a program that prevents old air bags from being recycled. CarFax weighed in and said it's unknown how many cars are sold each year with salvaged titles but the number is in the thousands.

We represent people who are injured because of the careless and reckless acts of others. At the end of the day your case can only be settled one time and you need to know all of the facts beforehand. The reason that insurance companies have paid our clients in excess of $130,000,000.00 is that we get the facts and are not intimidated at the prospect of going to trial when they refuse to follow the law. We help with serious issues that require serious representation. We are the Law Offices of Guenard & Bozarth. We have over 80 years of experience in our plaintiff's only law firm. Call GB Legal 24/7/365 at 888-809-1075 or visit www.gblegal.com We Can Help!

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