Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a major US recall affecting 7 million General Motors (GM) pickups and SUV’s worldwide. The recall targets GM motor vehicles equipped with defective airbag inflators which have caused explosions and personal injury. In one motor vehicle incident in September of 2013, one of the airbags manufactured by Takata exploded, sending shrapnel into the car’s driver, fatally wounding him and seriously injuring the passenger. In another 2010 accident, a driver was seriously injured when her airbag exploded at a red light, sending shrapnel into her carotid artery. Although the victim was able to stop the bleeding at the scene of the incident until medical help arrived, she has had several strokes and now suffers from traumatic brain injury.
The recall includes the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe, as well as the GMC Sierra and Yukon, for model years 2007 to 2014. In order to check if your vehicle has been the subject of this recall, you can follow this link to NHTSA’s website.
If you or a loved one have been injured in connection with a defective motor vehicle, please contact our office for a free consultation today.