National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating whether the automaker delayed the recall of approximately 440,000 vehicles for an airbag recall defect that could allow pieces of metal to injure the driver. In November 2008, Honda announced a recall of about 3,900 Accord and Civic models because of a hazard from an incredibly powerful airbag inflator. This defect can cause severe airbag damages to the driver because it can result in metal shards going through the airbag and hitting the motorist. Finding a good New Mexico personal injury lawyer can be hard.
At the end of July, the automaker sent the NHTSA another letter, claiming that 2008 recall needed to be expanded to cover about 440,000 more vehicles. These vehicles include even more Accords and Civics, as well as 2002 Accords and some Acura 3.2 TL models. According to the automaker, it had conducted investigations and found unusual airbag deployments in May and June of this year.
However, the NHTSA has questions about why the first recall which was issued last year was so limited and restricted to just 3,900 vehicles, and why the number of defective vehicles grew so suddenly. The NHTSA has written to the automaker asking for a detailed explanation. The agency says that it is evaluating the "timeliness" of Honda's recall. According to auto safety advocates, it is rare for the agency to send a letter like this to an automaker. Honda insists that it expanded the recall because it became aware that the airbag deployment continued to be an issue. Use a legal directory site Legal Ambassadors to find the best lawyer near you.
Airbag recall can be bad news for an automaker. The company can stand to sustain financial losses when a vehicle is recalled for safety hazards. Worse than the financial losses is the loss of reputation and goodwill. To avoid this, automakers often delay recalling defective vehicles as quickly as possible.