According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 50 million vehicles were recalled around the country in 2015, with faulty airbag inflators from Takata Corp. being a driving force behind the high number. The last two years have broken records for recalls, and 2015 had even more than 2014 after the 2014 numbers were adjusted when it was discovered that double counting of air bag recalls was taking place.
In 2015 alone, there were more than 900 separate recalls, and the NHTSA expects that more Takata recalls will be made. The agency is focused on getting recalls to be made faster and helping to ensure that repair work is done. About 25 percent of recalled vehicles are never taken in to correct the defects.
A large number of the recalls were made due to an inflator that can cause Takata airbags to expel shrapnel at passengers when they are deployed. About 100 people worldwide have been injured as a result of this defect, and eight people have died. In the United States, these inflators have been the cause of the recall of about 19 million vehicles.
Vehicle defects can either lead to a crash or make a crash worse than it would have been otherwise, especially since people rely on things like airbags to help reduce the chances of being injured, not increase them. A person who has been injured as a result of an automotive defect may want to have the assistance of a personal injury attorney in determining the party or parties that should bear financial responsibility for the losses that have been sustained.