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ZF-TRW Kia and Hyundai Recall

Carcomplaints.com reported that ZF TRW airbags would be the subject of a potential class-action lawsuit. The class-action suit, which is still in its infancy, alleges that 12.3 million vehicles, made by various automakers, were sold with defective airbag control units. Anyone who leased or bought various models of Acura, Dodge, Dodge Ram, Fiat, Jeep, Honda, Kia, Mitsubishi, Ram, and Toyota vehicles from approximately 2012 to 2019 could be a member of the class. The judge presiding over the case in U.S. District Court in Central California has not ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and certified the class at this time.

The seven plaintiffs who allege they could represent the class of plaintiffs in the case claim that ZF TRW and the auto manufacturers who sold vehicles with defective airbags are liable for damages to the plaintiffs. As part of the allegations, the plaintiffs said that they are stuck with vehicles that have lower trade-in value and have been exposed to unreasonable safety risks if the airbags did not deploy in an accident. The plaintiffs pleaded that the carmakers knew or should have known that the airbag control units were faulty. 

The potential class of plaintiffs argued that the defendant ZF TRW made defective application-specific integrated circuits. The circuits send signals from crash sensors placed about the car to fire the seatbelt pretension system within mere milliseconds during a crash event. The seatbelts hold the passengers in place and then release the occupant, who will then hit the airbag, at least in theory anyway. The defective airbag control units fail due to electrical over-stress from too many signals firing at once during a crash. The entire system could fail, and the occupant of the car, who was relying on the safety systems in the car for protection, is at the mercy of the physical forces imparted during a collision.

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If you or someone you loved was injured by a defective 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.

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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.  

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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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The Law Offices of Jason Turchin has the unique experience that makes all the difference in the outcome of you or your loved one’s ZF-TRW airbag lawsuit . Call 188899VICTIM (That’s 1-888-998-4284) to schedule your consultation.

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. 

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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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