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What do I do if I've been injured by a defective auto product?

We are probably all aware on some level that issues with defective products are cause for concern. Every state, Texas included, has laws in place that set out the rights that consumers have related to recovering compensation if they are injured by a dangerous product.

As a result of those laws, individuals have an assurance that resources other than their own will be drawn upon to recover medical costs, lost wages and to provide compensation for general pain and suffering.

Perhaps the most notable product liability cases are those associated with automotive recalls. There have been a great many of them lately. Unfortunately, one of the big drawbacks of a high volume of recall activity is that consumers begin to suffer from recall fatigue. They hear about so many actions that they just begin to tune them out. And that can be dangerous.

Another issue that can get in the way of remedies is an environment of confusion.

For example, there's the issue of air bags made by the Japanese company, Takata. It's been known for some time that Takata air bag inflators can be so powerful that they blow their metal containers apart and send shrapnel into the passenger compartment of cars.

Readers may recall that at first Takata rejected U.S. government demands to take widespread action. However, recently it provided documents showing that 64 people in the U.S. and American territories have been hurt in such blasts. Additionally, six people are believed to have been killed, including one man in Houston.

So what can someone do if they've fallen victim of a defective product?

To begin with, if you are notified that a recall affects your vehicle, the consumer advocates generally agree you need to get it fixed right away. If you aren't sure if your vehicle is subject to a recall, contact a dealer or the manufacturer to find out and then take action. 

It may be, however, that a product is defective but has never been discovered or been subject to recall. That does not rule out the possibility of making a claim. To determine if a cause exists, it's best to contact an experienced attorney.

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