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Another product recall issued for vehicles with Takata airbags

Virginians rely on their vehicles to offer protection in the event of an accident or collision. Unfortunately, some Virginians may be finding that their vehicles may not offer the level of protection they had anticipated. General Motors has issued a product recall for approximately 200,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada due to defective air bags.

The recall, which affects Saab and Saturn cars, is intended to address Takata driver's air bag inflators. This specific recall includes 2008 and 2009 Saturn Astras, as well as the Saab 9-3 from 2003 to 2011, and the 2010 and 2011 Saab 9-5. The recall is necessary because in the event of a car crash that produces a lot of force, the Takata inflators may explode and impale metal shrapnel into the drivers and passengers who they are supposed to be protecting.

Approximately 24.4 million U.S. vehicles have been recalled due to problems associated with Takata air bags, which is the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. This recent recall follows the recall of more than five million vehicles by U.S. safety regulators in January due to the airbag defect. This automobile design defect has already injured 139 people and has led to the death of at least 10 people worldwide.

GM has taken the position that drivers can continue to operate their cars as normal until repairs are completed, as they contend that the Takata inflators in GM cars have not ruptured in the field, but only in focused testing. They will not be offering loaner cars to those who do not feel safe driving vehicles with Takata airbags while their cars are being repaired.

A defective auto part like the Takata air bag inflator can have deadly consequences for Virginians. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective product, such as an airbag or another recalled product, you may wish to consult with legal counsel regarding your options.

Source: ksn.com, "GM recalls 200,000 cars for Takata airbag trouble," Feb. 16, 2016

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