Honda is recalling about 4,000 of its 2001 Accord and Civic vehicles for reported airbag defects. According to this article on Consumeraffairs.com, the airbag inflator in these vehicles could produce excessive internal pressure, possibly causing it to rupture upon deployment. This rupture or tearing of the airbag could cause metal pieces to pass through the airbag cushion materials resulting in possible injuries.

This recall is expected to begin in late December. Consumers who own the affected vehicles are asked to take them to a dealership, who will replace the inflator free of charge. Consumers who require more information are asked to call Honda at 1-800-999-1009 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at 1-888-327-4236 or visit NHTSA’s Web site.

Automobiles are equipped with airbags to make it safer for vehicle occupants in the event of a 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 crash;
• Deployment at a time when it should not have deployed;
• Deployment with too much or not enough force

All these types of defects could cause serious injuries 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.

The other thing that happens when an airbag tears is that it fails to offer the protection that it is designed for. Consider the intensity and impact of a rollover crash on occupants of a vehicle. It is during accidents like these that occupants count on safety devices such as airbags to offer some level of protection. And a torn and defective airbag cannot provide any sort of a safety barrier to a vehicle’s occupants.

If you or someone you know has been seriously injured or have lost a loved one because of an airbag defect or any other auto product defects, you need to get in touch with a reputed auto product defect law firm, which has an excellent track record with auto product liability cases. It would be in your best interest to do so whether the product in question has been recalled or not. That’s because a majority of defective products – auto products or other types of products – are not recalled.