Some drivers are waiting months before their vehicles are being fixed because of the massive amount of recalls from faulty Takata air bags. Those who are unable to get their airbags replaced quickly are struggling to figure out how to get around during the month-long wait for repair. Many people, especially those under the age of 25 are having real difficulty finding an alternative to driving their recalled vehicle, which only puts more drivers at risk of serious injury.
Although some dealerships are lining up rental vehicles for those who have to wait months for their vehicle to be fixed, consumers complain that all dealerships need to be forced to offering credits for rental cars while the wait is so long. A West Palm Beach car crash law firm also noticed that there needs to be an alternative for drivers under the age of 25 and those with low insurance coverage or credit scores, because they’re often the ones who are unable to secure a rental vehicle in the first place.
Takata Airbag Recall Can Take Months & More Recalls Are Expected
The Takata air bag incident is the largest vehicle recall in United States history that American car owners cannot ignore. Takata airbag inflators were installed in 28.8 million vehicles and once the vehicle deploys the airbags as result of a crash, it can also cause metal shrapnel to propel into drivers and passengers. Over 100 people have already been injured by these faulty airbag inflators and ten have died in the United States alone. Even though this problem is very serious and the longer passengers wait, the more dangerous their vehicles become, a majority of defective car owners have not gotten their vehicles fixed.
There’s also a chance that Takata has to recall even more vehicles if they cannot prove that their newer inflators aren’t a safety risk. That could increase the years of vehicles recalled to cover model years 2000 to 2015 by 16 different automotive brands.
Chances are that you’re aware of a breathalyzer, which monitors your blood alcohol level in the event that your are driving under the influence of alcohol. Now New York police officers want to use a similar device in order to determine whether someone was using their phone at the scene of a car accident. New York lawmakers have presented a bill that would make it possible to access cellphone records in order to protect people from others who make accident claims while they’re driving distracted. Civil liberties groups on the other hand believe that this “textalyzer” device will interfere with the cellphone privacy rights of United States citizens.
West Palm Beach car wreck lawyers are following the proposed bill closely, as if the bill passes, New York will be the first state in the nation to use a cell phone scanning device. The Distracted Operators Risk Casualties (DORCs) advocacy organization heavily supports the proposed bill, since they want to take preventative legal action to reduce and catch those who are involved in texting-related car accidents.
New York Proposed Bill Gives Cops Cell Phone Access, Sorta
Although there are privacy concerns about the proposed bill that allows access to cell phone information, Cellebrite, the Israeli technology company who invented the textalyzer device recently announced that the version used by New York state police would only be a scaled-back version of their phone-scraping technology that won’t give officers access to applications or conversations on the phone. The device will only be used to determine whether the phone was being operated at the time of an accident, with the ability to look further into whether the phone was being used when the police officer obtains a warrant to search the driver’s phone.
Although the company seeks to respect the privacy of drivers’ personal information without violating their rights, the bill includes language that gives law enforcement “implied consent” to testing drivers’ cell phones at the crash scene. This is not a violation of Fourth Amendment rights because no phone data will be taken from the technology, but some civil liberties groups are worried that these claims aren’t as accurate as people are being lead to believe.