The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has made a startling revelation: 52 million air bag inflators made by ARC Automotive Inc., and licensed by another company, could potentially explode, ejecting shrapnel that can seriously injure or kill occupants. The government’s response? An urgent call for a recall. ARC’s answer? A refusal.
Why Is This So Concerning?
Air bags are intended to be life-saving devices. They cushion passengers during crashes, reducing injuries. However, when an air bag inflator is defective, it can do the exact opposite: turn into a deadly weapon. In a heart-wrenching incident, Marlene Beaudoin, a mother of 10, was fatally injured by metal fragments from an ARC inflator explosion during a minor crash. No family should ever face such a tragedy.
The NHTSA asserts that these defective inflators may explode when deployed, posing “an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death.” However, ARC has countered this with the claim that no conclusive safety defect exists and that the government’s demands are based on hypotheses rather than hard facts.
While ARC argues that the Safety Act seeks to protect the public against “unreasonable risks” and not complete elimination of failures, we must question: How many deaths and injuries are “reasonable”?
Should You Be Concerned?
If you own a vehicle from brands such as Chevrolet, Buick, Ford, Toyota, and more, there’s a possibility your car might have these inflators. With ARC withholding a full list of affected models, millions are left in anxiety, unsure if they are driving a potential time bomb.
The Responsibility of Manufacturers
ARC’s argument that manufacturing processes might not completely eliminate risks doesn’t absolve them of their duty to ensure product safety. If there’s even a shadow of a doubt regarding the safety of their products, the morally right and legally sound step would be a recall.
Safety should never be a matter of debate or contention. We, at OnderLaw, believe in the right of every individual to drive without the fear that their life-saving devices might turn against them. We stand with the victims and their families and support NHTSA’s call for a recall. We urge ARC to reconsider their stance and prioritize the safety and peace of mind of millions of drivers and passengers over corporate interests. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, contact OnderLaw today for your free, no-obligation consultation.