Anyone in Albany who drives a Toyota, Nissan or Honda that was made after 1999 may want to check to see if their vehicles are up for recall after a manufacturer of airbags recently announced a problem. If they are not fixed, the defective automobiles pose a serious risk to the front-seat passenger in the event of a crash. It is not a risk that drivers in upstate New York should take, and that is why it is so important to look into whether your car has been recalled.
The manufacturer just released information about the recall within the past couple days, noting that the airbags run the risk of starting on fire or otherwise injuring whoever is in the front seat. It seems that the airbag may not properly inflate because of an issue with the airbag inflator's propellant. Although there have not yet been an injuries or deaths reported because of the faulty airbags, the car companies and the airbag manufacturer are taking no risks and are recalling millions of vehicles.
The fix seems fairly simple and it seems that the people will only be without their cars for an hour or two, but a failure to get the fix could have serious consequences. It is true that no one has been injured yet, but if consumers are not aware that their vehicles have the potential to cause such serious injuries, it is likely that someone could become injured.
Whenever someone in Albany purchases a product, it is not unreasonable to assume that they are purchasing a safe product. This is especially important for cars, as so many people use them and some kind of error in a car can have disastrous effects. When cars do have some kind of defective component and a motorist is injured, however, the motorist may be able to file a product liability lawsuit and seek compensation for his or her injuries.
Source: Reuters, "Airbag problem forces recall of millions of vehicles," April 11, 2013