Revolutionary technology has helped create the safest motor vehicles ever manufactured. From the introduction of seat belts to side air bags, most people in California have a fairly good chance of surviving car accidents. However, defective or flawed features greatly reduce the chance of survival, making safety and quality checks a necessary aspect of the manufacturing process. Those affected by defective products -- such as recently recalled Takata air bags -- can typically seek to recover damages through product liability suits filed against manufacturers, which are sometimes consolidated into class action lawsuits.
A defect in the Takata air bags propelled by ammonium nitrate can result in an explosion when the bag is triggered. The explosions are known to shoot out shrapnel, and they have been determined to be the cause of injuries in over 100 different incidents. A total of 21 deaths have been attributed to the defective air bags, 10 of which occurred in the United States. The most recent victim was a 17-year-old driver who was killed by the air bag after crashing her vehicle.