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Detroit, MIAn airbag defect has reportedly led to a recall of certain Honda vehicles. The recall, which affects approximately 63,000 vehicles, has so far not been linked to any airbag injuries. This is the latest in a string of issues with airbag failures, some of which have resulted in lawsuits.

According to Reuters (8/28/14), Honda will recall around 63,000 vehicles following reports of a defect in airbags made by Takata Corp. Included in the recall are certain CR-V, Civic, Brio and Amaze vehicles from years 2012-2015. So far, no vehicles in North America are being recalled.

At issue is an inflator that can reportedly deploy with too much force, sending metal fragments into the vehicle and potentially harming vehicle occupants.

A similar recall was reportedly announced by General Motors in North America. In that case, approximately 33,000 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles were recalled with the same airbag defect.

Lawsuits have been filed against carmakers linked to defective airbags. The Times-Tribune (8/22/14) reports on a jury award of almost $6 million to a man whose airbag failed to deploy during a 2010 accident. The accident left John Cancelleri partially paralyzed. He and his wife filed a lawsuit against Ford Motor Co., and a jury found that a design defect in the vehicle’s airbag system caused the Cancelleri’s injuries.

Included in the award was $140,707 for past medical expenses, $1.3 million for future medical expenses, and approximately $3 million for past and future pain and suffering.

Lawsuits have been filed against GM for defects in its ignition that could result in a loss of power to the power steering, power brakes and airbag, resulting in serious injuries to vehicle occupants. One such lawsuit had been settled for $5 million, but the family involved in the lawsuit has asked to have their suit reinstated.

NBC News (8/11/14) reports that Ken and Beth Melton made the request after reportedly finding evidence that GM concealed evidence about a faulty ignition switch. USA Today (5/12/14) writes that lawyers for the Meltons said they can refile the case because GM CEO Mary Barra gave congressional testimony that a GM engineer may have lied during deposition for the lawsuit. Lawyers noted that the Meltons would not have settled if they had known about the perjury and concealed evidence.

Brooke Melton died in 2010 when the ignition of her Chevy Cobalt shifted from the run position to the accessory/off position, stopping the engine and shutting off the car’s power steering. According to court documents, Brooke’s airbags did not deploy in the accident.

GM moved to have the lawsuit dismissed but a court rejected GM’s motion.

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On June 9, 2011, I was in an accident and upon impact to total my car right side and bumper the airbags exploded causing a massive injuries in my face, eyes, neck leaving scars with internal bleeding of head making both eyes bloody red with pain, headaches, and instability right to this day.

I continue to have problems with my head, eyes, and neck that interferes with me while at work and home and personal responsibilities. Also, the airbags knocked me unconsciencious upon impact.

The picture on your web site with exploded airbags are identical to my what my car inside looked like after accident.

Before GEICO totaled my car away, it's a good thing that I took pictures of both airbags exploded and my eyes and face, and car damages; there were stuff went all over my face in my eyes cutting scraping it to the point burning.

I have been holding the pictures in my cell phone. I took one picture where I pulled my eyelid way back shows my bloodshot on white part of my eyeball .

The airbags caused my teeth to injure my mouth, lips, causing blisters and bumps, rash to break out on me.

When the airbags exploded knocked my head knocking out the head rest.

I have been having problem with all of my eyes, face, neck, chest parts, at sometimes almost to black out; this interferes with my driving stability, just keeping my eyes open because of pain and discomfort. Things have gotten worst and I wonder if I will be able to continue working and taking care of myself, lots of anxiety, etc.

My medical bills were extensive that exhausted my auto insurance while needing further medical care.

**I saw an advertisment on television about airbags recall is reason I am writing for compensation needed for future.

The above accident and injuries were in my 2003 Toyota Corrolla, I purchased brand new.

Sincerely

Mary Ann Smith

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