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Thousands of Mini Coopers t0 be recalled due to airbag issue

In a prior post, we explored the question of whether 2015 will be the year of the automotive recall; even after the record number of cars brought back to dealerships to remedy dangerous defect. We also highlighted another airbag recall involving Takata airbags that were not corrected in last fall’s massive callback.

It appears that airbag recalls will be commonplace in 2015. The latest automaker to be affected by this type of recall is BMW. The German automaker builds Mini Cooper vehicles. According to a recent report, more than 90,000 vehicles will be recalled to address a defect that would could prevent an airbag from inflating in a crash. 

Essentially, a sensor mat in the vehicle could become inoperable and fail to communicate with the airbag that a person is actually in the driver’s seat; which would cause the airbag to fail. Not only is the repair essential in saving lives in the event of an accident, the legal consequences can be significant if a recall was not issued.

As a matter of law, automakers have a continual responsibility to inform consumers of dangerous defects and to take reasonable steps to correct them. Should an automaker fail in these responsibilities and a consumer is harmed as a result, the automaker could be held liable.

It remains to be seen how many injuries will be experienced before the recall actually takes place. BMW reports that the recall will take effect beginning May 1. In the meantime, if you have questions about your legal rights after a recall is issued on your vehicle, an experienced attorney can help. 

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