NHTSA Investigates Defective Airbags Linked to 8 DeathsJune 12, 2019
Authorities at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are currently investigating defective airbags in about 12.3 million vehicles made by six major automakers. The defect in question has been tied to as many as 8 deaths and at least a dozen injuries.
The Amaro Law Firm is also looking into these deadly airbag defects and helping victims explore their legal options for financial recovery and justice. While the following shares some more helpful information that vehicle owners should know about these defective airbags, don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re ready to find out more about your potential claim.
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What Is the Defect & What Problems Is It Causing?
According to authorities, the defect lies with an airbag control unit made by ZF-TRW. Airbags containing this defective control unit can reportedly experience electrical overstress when a car crash happens. The overstress causes the airbags to stop working and, consequently, fail to deploy.
The first fatalities from these airbag failures were in 2016, as the Center for Auto Safety has pointed out. Nevertheless, defective airbags continued to be installed in millions of vehicles over the next three years.
What Vehicles Have the Defective Airbags?
The following table highlights the makes and models of vehicles that reportedly have the defective airbags, along with the associated manufacturers. Please note that the impacted vehicles include those made from 2010 through 2019.
|Manufacturer||Make & Model|
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV
Dodge Ram 1500
Dodge Ram 2500 & 3500
Ram 4500 & 5500
Jeep Compass & Patriot
Honda Motor Co.
Civic (natural gas and hybrid)
Acura TSX, TSX sport wagon & TL
Acura RLX (including hybrid)
Hyundai Motor Co.
|Sonata (including hybrid)||2013–2019|
Kia Motors Co.
Forte & Forte Koup
Lancer (including the Evolution, Ralliart & Sportback)
Toyota Motor Corp.
Sequoia and Tundra
Avalon (including the hybrid) Tacoma
What Should I Do If My Vehicle Has a Defective Airbag?
What Are My Legal Options If I’ve Been Hurt by a Defective Airbag?
If a defective airbag failed to deploy during a car accident and you or a loved one was hurt as a result, you may have grounds to take action against the:
- Vehicle manufacturer
- Airbag manufacturer.
Pursuing a case against these parties can be the key to holding them accountable, getting justice, and securing the financial recovery that may be pivotal to restoring your life.
The best way to find out if you have a case and, if so, how to set it up for success is to attend a free, no obligations, 100% confidential consultation with a lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm.
We have extensive experience helping injured people stand up to negligent companies and hold them accountable for the harm their dangerous products have caused. We are ready to discuss your situation, explain your legal options, and provide you with exceptional advocacy moving forward.
A Dangerous Products Lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm Can Help You: Contact Us
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