Last month, the largest automobile recall in U.S. history was announced. An estimated 34 million vehicles were recalled because of defective air bags. The air bags, which were made by Takata, can explode and send metal shrapnel throughout the vehicle. The defect has been blamed for at least six deaths worldwide.

The U.S. Department of Transportation just announced that the vehicle identification numbers for all of the vehicles have been added to a searchable database on the agency’s website. Now, drivers can visit in order to determine if their vehicles are affected by the recall.

Initially, the vehicles were only recalled in high-humidity areas. It’s believed that the problem with the air bags is exposure to moisture, which can cause a chemical propellant to ignite too quickly. However, the recall was expanded to all vehicles after an incident with an air bag occurred that was not in one of the high-humidity areas.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calls this recall “one of the largest and most complex product recalls in history”. The recall affects many models of vehicles, including automobiles made by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, GM, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.

According to at least one insider at Takata, the company knew about the issue with the air bags for years, but covered it up. Recalls can be extremely expensive, as well as damaging to a company’s reputation, so many companies will choose to hide defects with their products instead of issuing a recall. Companies that manufacture dangerous products can be held liable for damages if their products injure someone, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Call the Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800 if you have been injured by a defective consumer product. Our attorneys can help. Call today to schedule your free consultation.