U.S. auto recalls hit record high 53.2 million in 2016

The auto industry recalled a record 53.2 million vehicles in the U.S. in 2016, according to the U.S. Transportation Department.

The record-setting recall campaigns were in part due to a massive expansion in callback to replace Takata Corp. air bag inflators.

Automakers issued a total of 927 campaigns, a 7% increase over the previous year.

According to the report, this is the third straight year that U.S. auto safety recalls have set a new record and topped 50 million. In the prior 20 years, annual U.S. auto recalls ranged from 10.2 million to 30.8 million.

Just last month, Takata pleaded guilty to a felony charge as part of a $1 billion deal with the U.S. Justice Department that included compensation for automakers and victims of its faulty airbag inflators. Until now, a total of 16 deaths worldwide have been caused by Takata air bags.

U.S. traffic deaths have also jumped dramatically in recent years. U.S. traffic deaths rose 8 percent in 2015, which makes it the highest annual increase in a half-century.

Takata Airbag Defect

The Takata airbag inflators sold to several automakers have been found to have a serious defect that has claimed the lives of many.  The defect was found in the inflators that were made with a propellant that can degrade over time.  This causes the inflator to rupture when the airbag deploys, launching pieces of scrap metal at the driver or passengers in the vehicle. This fast launch of debris has caused serious injuries and deaths.

Takata Airbag Recall Timeline

Is your car affected?

This recall has grown to many automakers, making it more likely that your vehicle is affected.

Visit safecar.gov to see if your vehicle is on the list.

Takata Airbag Lawsuits

If you or a loved one were injured or killed by these defective airbags, you could be in a position to take legal action.  The Carlson Law Firm is prepared with award-winning lawyers that are passionate about personal injury and helping victims. Contact The Carlson Law Firm for a free consultation to speak with an airbag injury attorney to discuss your potential case.

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