Wilmington Personal Injury Blog

Personal Injury Attorneys

blog home Products Liability Defective Product Can Explode, Dangerous for Vehicle Passengers

Defective Product Can Explode, Dangerous for Vehicle Passengers

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted November 3, 2015

When a North Carolina consumer purchases a product and uses it according to the manufacturer’s instructions, he or she has a reasonable right to expect that it is safe to use. Some products, such as power tools, obviously have a certain amount of inherent risk during use. Even then, a consumer must be protected against design flaws or defects that can pose safety hazards. A vast recall in the United States of more than 19 million motor vehicles led to an international recall when a defective product within the vehicles was said to have the potential to explode, shooting fragments of metal at passengers.

The item in question is the Takata airbag. In the United States, more than 12 different automakers joined the recall effort. The company was accused of providing inaccurate information to consumers and regulators for at least six years. Worldwide, more than 100 injuries and eight fatalities are said to have been suffered due to the airbags.

A particular chemical compound, a propellant known as ammonium nitrate, is suspected to cause ruptures in the bags, resulting in an explosion. Patents show that Takata engineers were reportedly aware of the potentially disastrous effects that heat and moisture can have on the compound. The company was recently severely penalized with fines that could add up to $200 million imposed by federal regulators.

The company has also been ordered to recall the millions of vehicles still on the road that contain the defective product. Whenever a North Carolina resident is injured by a faulty product in a motor vehicle — or a household product, power tool, or any consumer product — it is possible that there may be grounds for a legal claim to be filed. In order to determine whether there is sufficient reason to pursue legal action and to obtain help in identifying all possible sources of liability in the matter, it is typically advisable to act under the guidance of an experienced products liability lawyer.

Source: The New York Times, “U.S. Regulators Fine Takata Up to $200 Million Over Faulty Airbags“, Danielle Ivory, Hiroko Tabuchi, Nov. 3, 2015

Related Articles:

Posted in: Products Liability

“They worked hard for me after I was involved in an auto accident. I appreciate their efforts and making me feel like family.”

ReviewerFive Stars

-Becky, posted at Google Review

When it Really Matters When it Really Matters

Contact Rhine Law Firm, P.C.

Working with our firm means your needs will be met and your questions answered by someone who knows your name and the details of your case — every time you call.

Contact Rhine Law Firm, P.C., at (910) 772-9960 or (866) 772-9960 toll free for a free initial consultation. Evening and weekend appointments upon request. Office hours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend appointments also available. We also offer Spanish interpretation and translation services.

Rhine Law Firm, P.C.

1612 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 300
Wilmington, NC 28403
Toll Free: (866) 772-9960
Phone: (910) 772-9960
Fax: (910) 772-9062

Rhine Law Firm

Connect With Us

Based in Wilmington, North Carolina, Rhine Law Firm, P.C. represents clients statewide. We Regularly Meet With Clients After 5 P.M. And On Weekends

*Disclaimer: This is an advertisement by Rhine Law Firm, P.C., 1612 Military Cutoff Rd., Suite 300, Wilmington, North Carolina, 28403. The Rhine Law Firm, P.C., is licensed to practice law in the state of North Carolina and does not seek to practice in any other state or jurisdiction. To the extent that you reside in a state other than North Carolina, the Rhine Law Firm, P.C., may associate counsel licensed to practice law in that jurisdiction if necessary to comply with any and all rules of professional conduct.

No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers. This advertisement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, either express or implied. Prior outcomes do not guarantee any future results. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements. Do not rely on this advertisement in making any medical decision. Please call your physician before making any medical decision, including altering your use of any drug or treatment.

© 2020 Rhine Law Firm, P.C. - All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Blog Sitemap | Website Design and Legal Internet Marketing by SLS Consulting

Contact Rhine Law Firm, P.C.

During a free consultation, we will look at the important aspects of your case, answer your questions, and explain your legal rights and options clearly. Our attorneys also remain available to our clients via phone, email and other means, ultimately focused on doing what is truly in their best interests.

Free Consultation Form