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NHTSA Investigates Defective Airbags Linked to 8 Deaths

NHTSA Investigates Defective Airbags Linked to 8 Deaths

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?

NHTSA Investigates Defective Airbags Linked to 8 Deaths

NHTSA Investigates Defective Airbags Linked to 8 Deaths

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.

ManufacturerMake & Model

Year

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV

Dodge Nitro

Dodge Ram 1500

Dodge Ram 2500 & 3500

Ram 4500 & 5500

Fiat 500

Jeep Liberty

Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Compass & Patriot

2010–2011

2009–2012

2010–2012

2011–2012

2012–2019

2010–2012

2010–2018

2015–2017

Honda Motor Co.

Ridgeline

Civic (natural gas and hybrid)

CR-V

Fit

Fit EV

Accord

Accord hybrid

Acura TSX, TSX sport wagon & TL

Acura TLX

Acura RLX (including hybrid)

2012–2014

2012–2015

2012–2016

2012–2017

2013–2014

2013–2015

2014–2014

2012–2014

2015–2017

2014–2019

Hyundai Motor Co.

Sonata (including hybrid)2013–2019

Kia Motors Co.

Optima Hybrid

Forte & Forte Koup

Optima

Sedona

 

2012–2016

2013

2013–2019

2014

Mitsubishi

Outlander

Lancer (including the Evolution, Ralliart & Sportback)

2013

2013–2017

Toyota Motor Corp.

Corolla Matrix

Corolla

Sequoia and Tundra

Avalon (including the hybrid) Tacoma

2011–2013

2011–2019

2012–2017

2012–2018

2012–2019

 

What Should I Do If My Vehicle Has a Defective Airbag?

Use this NHTSA tool to see if you’re airbags have been recalled. If they have, take your vehicle to a repair shop to have the recall remedy done ASAP.

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

If you or a loved one has been harmed by airbag failures and defective automotive equipment, an experienced dangerous products lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm can help you navigate the road to financial recovery and justice.

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