Honda has issued a defective product recall for its 2001 Civic and Accord models for possible airbag defects. According to a report in Consumeraffairs.com, the driver’s side airbag could produce excessive internal pressure and cause the inflator to burst. If this happens, the metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material possibly injuring occupants of the car due to the airbag failure. When this auto product safety recall begins, Honda dealers will replace the airbag inflator free of charge. Honda issued an identical defective product recall in November 2008 for 4,000 of its 2001 Accord and Civic models for similar airbag defects.
In our more than three decades experience representing clients who are injured by defective auto products, the products liability attorneys at Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys has observed a history of airbag problems with Honda vehicles as well as several other brands of cars, both domestic and foreign. Automobiles are equipped with airbags to make it safer for vehicle occupants in the event of a car crash. Although there have been several technological advancements in the way these airbags are being produced and installed in vehicles, that does not mean that they are free of flaws and defects. We’ve seen several serious problems with airbags that have caused severe injuries and even fatalities. The most common types of issues with defective airbags include failure to deploy during a car collision; deployment at a time when it should not have deployed; and deployment with too much or not enough force.
Airbag defects can cause devastating personal injury or even death. I’m glad that Honda has issued this recall. However, I question why this recall came so late on a 2001 model. There is also no word on whether this auto product defect caused any serious injuries. According to the news report, shards of metal could come through the ruptured or torn airbag increasing the potential for injuries.
There is also the potential for significant danger when an airbag tears. A torn airbag fails to offer the protection that it is designed for. For example, in the event of a rollover crash, the occupants of a vehicle count on safety devices such as airbags to offer some level of protection. A torn or defective airbag cannot provide any sort of protection or safety barrier to the occupants or reduce/prevent injury in the event of a crash.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured as a result of an airbag defect or any other auto product defect, please consult with a reputed personal injury lawyer who has an excellent tract record with auto products liability cases. It would be in your best interest to do so whether the product that has injured you has been recalled or not. It’s a fact that a majority of defective products are not recalled.
For more information about this product recall, owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Consumers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at 1-888-327-4236.