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ZF-TRW Kia and Hyundai Recall

The inclusion of airbags in vehicles is among the most significant vehicle safety advances in recent decades.  This vital safety feature saves lives and prevents serious injury.  Despite the potential value of airbags, vehicle occupants can be exposed to a significant risk of injury and loss of life when airbags do not deploy as intended.  Kia has recently announced a recall of more than 500,000 vehicles based on evidence that the airbags might fail to inflate in the event of a collision.  When an airbag does not deploy as designed during a collision, the result can be devastating injuries, disfigurement, disability, and even wrongful death.  

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Non-Deploying Airbags Linked to a Malfunction Involving the Air Bag Computer Caused by Faulty Electrical Signals

Airbags in effected vehicles might not deploy during a collision because of alleged faulty controller units manufactured by ZF-TRW, which are currently under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  The airbag controller believed to be responsible for the problem might prevent a seat belt pretensioner, frontal airbag, and/or side airbag from operating correctly during a collision according to the NHTSA. The federal agency has indicated that stray electrical signals traveling between the air bag control unit and the sensors that trigger deployment can damage or disable the control unit.  The computer’s function in the airbag system is to detect a collision and trigger inflation of the airbags, as well as to prepare the seat belts for a collision.

The NHTSA learned of 6 collisions involving vehicles manufactured by Korean automakers, Kia and Hyundai, in March 2018 where airbags failed to deploy in collisions.  These crashes resulted in six injury victims and four deaths.  The air bags were designed to deploy in the accidents because they were frontal impact collisions that involved enough force to do significant damage to the vehicles.  Kia and Hyundai recalled more than 1 million vehicles from February through June 2018.  The investigation has revealed that some cars utilize varying degrees of signal protection to prevent stray electrical signals from triggering “electrical overstress.”  Kia and Hyundai vehicles included in the recall were equipped with the “lowest level of circuit protection” according to the NHTSA.

Vehicles Included in the ZF-TRW Kia and Hyundai Recall

While the recall can always be expanded, some of the Hyundai and Kia vehicles covered include the following:

Model                                                  Type of Car                                         Model Years

Kia Forte                                             Compact Car                                       2010-2013

Kia Optima                                         Midsize Car                                        2011-2013

Kia Optima                                         Hybrid                                                 2011-2012

Kia Sedona                                         Minivans                                             2011-2012

Hyundai Sonata                                  Midsize                                               2011-2013

Hyundai Sonata                                  Hybrid                                                2011-2012

Frontal air bags have been a standard safety feature in all passenger vehicles since the model year 1998 and in pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans since 1999.  When air bags fail to deploy in a frontal impact crash that is “moderate to severe”, which has been compared to hitting a solid immovable barrier at a speed of 8 to 14 miles per hours, the consequences can be catastrophic.  When airbags fail to deploy under these circumstances, vehicle occupants can suffer devastating injuries that include but are not limited to spinal cord injuries, skull fractures, brain injuries, impairment of internal organs, and even death.  The danger of air bags not deploying in this type of crash is reflected in the fact that the six accidents that triggered the NHTSA investigation led to four fatalities.

Product defect cases involving failed motor vehicle systems raise complex factual and legal issues. If you or a family member was injured or your lost a loved one prematurely in a traffic accident when an airbag did not deploy, you should promptly speak to an experienced product defect attorney.  Call us today to schedule your free initial consultation at (800) 510-0750.

Defective ZF-TRW Airbag Lawsuit Lawyers

The defective airbag systems incorporating ZF-TRW controllers has prompted a class action lawsuit against the company that manufactured the airbag control units that can malfunction and prevent airbags from inflating in an accident.  The class action lawsuit seeks $900 million in general damages and $150 million in punitive damages according to the Windsor Star.  The lawsuits names TRW, an American supplier of the faulty airbag control units that have been isolated as the cause of the airbags failure to inflate.  ZF, a German company that acquired TRW also has been sued.  The lawsuits also seek damages against the automakers that equipped their vehicles with the faulty control units, including Kia, Chrysler, Toyota, Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, and Mitsubishi.

The lawsuit like a class action lawsuit filed against Kia and Hyundai in the U.S. essentially alleges that the faulty airbag controllers that are supposed to trigger inflation during a collision can malfunction and prevent airbag deployment. Documents produced by federal regulators have indicated that the airbag controller failures might be triggered by rogue electrical signals caused by a crash.

The Canadian class action lawsuit seeking damages for injuries and deaths caused by the failure of ZF-TRW airbags to deploy in crashes follows in the wake of individuals lawsuits being filed in the U.S., as well as a U.S. class action lawsuit involving the defective airbags.  The NHTSA reports that 12.5 million vehicles manufactured by the automakers named in the U.S. class action lawsuit are equipped with the ZF-TRW airbags.  Approximately 2.5 million Canadians could be driving vehicles with the non-deployment issue.

In the class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. against Kia Motors and Hyundai Motor America, lawsuit documents allege that the manufacturers failed to inform customers that certain new vehicles might be equipped with airbags that will not deploy in a collision.  The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of the District of California indicates that the automakers did not replace or repair vehicles purchased by recent purchasers of vehicles equipped with the defective airbags.  The complaint filed in the case alleges that the controller units could become “over stressed” by electrical signals during a collision, which might disable the airbag.  The danger to consumers is compounded by NHTSA reports and allegations in the U.S. District Court lawsuit that the unwanted electrical energy could also disable seat belt pretensioners in a collision.

Although the electrical problem that could cause the ZF-TRW controller to be “over stressed” has been linked to as many as 8 fatalities and other crashes resulting in serious injuries, the manufacturer has not formally recalled the units though the company has taken some steps to fix the issue.  While the NHTSA has not mandated that the company recall its airbag controller, vehicle manufacturers can elect to announce a voluntary recall to protect the public from injuries and fatalities.  

While the class actions filed in Canada and the U.S. involving the ZF-TRW airbags are separate and distinct from the recall involving Takata exploding airbags, there are similarities.  The recalls involving both kinds of airbags involved a single company that supplied the safety equipment to several manufacturers for use in tens of millions of vehicles. Both companies attempted limited fixes involving only certain vehicles equipped with the defective airbags.  The most basic similarity is that both companies have been accused in lawsuits of knowingly placing profits before consumer safety.  

Free ZF-TRW Airbag Controller Injury or Wrongful dEath Case Analysis

If you or a family member has been injured or a loved one has been taken from you in a fatal collision, you might have the right to pursue a product liability claim. National product liability attorney Jason Turchin, Esq. devotes a substantial portion of his law practice to taking on companies that endanger consumers with defective products along with their insurance carriers.  Jason is frequently asked to provide expertise and legal commentary by media sources throughout the U.S. with an emphasis on defective vehicle cases.  

If you or a loved one or family member were injured, burned, killed or suffered property damage caused by a defective ZF-TRW airbag, you may be entitled to compensation for any medical bills, surgical costs, prescription painkillers, lost income, scarring and disfigurement, and mental pain and anguish you may have suffered. We provide a free case evaluation, so contact the Law Offices of Jason Turchin today at (800) 510-0750. That’s 1-888-998- 4284.

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ZF-TRW Airbag Recall Injury and Death Lawsuit Lawyers

CALIFORNIA – According to a news report published online at europe.autonews.com, a defective airbag lawsuit has been filed in a U.S. federal court against six automobile manufacturers. The lawsuit, which was filed in California, alleges that the manufacturers and one supplier hid the defects from vehicle owners.

The lawsuit is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and counsel for the plaintiffs are seeking to turn it into a class action lawsuit. The defendants in the suit are Hyundai Motor America, Kia Motors America, Mitsubishi Motors America, Fiat Chrysler, American Honda Motor, and Toyota Motor USA. In addition, the suit names one supplier, ZF Friedrichshafen subsidiary TRW.

The suit alleges that the airbag control units can seize up in the event of an accident and result in failure of the airbags to deploy. Six plaintiffs are named in the lawsuit, and they say they would not have bought their vehicles or would not have agreed to pay the same amount if they had known the airbags were defective. The plaintiffs own varying models of vehicles, and the suit lists out more than 50 different models allegedly containing the defective airbags. 

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is also conducting an investigation into airbags made by TRW. NHTSA recently expanded the scope of its investigation to include more than 12 million vehicles, all manufactured by the named defendants in the California lawsuit. Among the injuries being investigated by NHTSA, the agency is looking into 13 reports of death after an accident in which the airbags failed to deploy. 

Hearings will take place in the future to see if the lawsuit will be turned into a class action. 

Free ZF-TRW Airbag Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Case Reviews

Product defect cases involving failed motor vehicle systems raise complex factual and legal issues. If you or a family member was injured or your lost a loved one prematurely in a traffic accident when a ZF-TRW airbag did not deploy, you should promptly speak to an experienced ZF-TRW airbag lawsuit attorney.  

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