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The legal hurdles of driving with a faulty Takata airbag

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MEDLEY, FL - MAY 22: A deployed airbag is seen in a 2001 Honda Accord at the LKQ Pick Your Part salvage yard on May 22, 2015 in Medley, Florida. The largest automotive recall in history centers around the defective Takata Corp. air bags that are found in millions of vehicles that are manufactured by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Joe Raedle/Getty Images

In January, automotive manufacturer Takata Corp. was found guilty of wire fraud after the U.S. Department of Justice said the company deceived automakers about the safety of its products.

The company's airbags, found in almost two dozen brands of cars, can explode in the event of a crash, producing metal shrapnel that can kill or main occupants.

Forty-two million American cars contain the faulty bags. They're the subject of the largest automotive recall in history.

But here's the problem. Local dealers haven't been able to get new airbags to replace the bad ones.

That means tens of millions of people are driving with cars that could cause injuries, and it's possible their insurance companies might not cover the damage.

Take Two's A Martinez spoke to Greg Keating from USC Gould School of Law for more.

To hear the full conversation, click the blue player above

 

 

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