12.3 Million More Vehicles May Have Defective Airbags

airbag on steering wheelThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has greatly expanded the investigation of malfunctioning airbag control units that create a risk of the airbag not inflating in a collision.

Another 12.3 million vehicles have been added to the list of vehicles that may have faulty airbags, including 2010 – 2019 vehicle models made by the following manufacturers: Toyota, Honda, Kia, Mitsubishi, Fiat Chrysler and Hyundai. The defect in these control units may be responsible for as many as eight deaths in the past few years.

Below, learn more about the vehicles currently under investigation and why the airbag control units are malfunctioning. If your vehicle is on the list of those under investigation, it is important that you check with your vehicle’s manufacturer to ensure that you are up to date on all recall repairs.

If you or someone you love was involved in a car accident made worse by a defective airbag, it is important that you contact a qualified Sacramento car accident lawyer for assistance on your case. We can look into your situation and determine the factors that contributed to the accident and your injuries. If we find that your injuries are the result of a malfunctioning airbag control unit, we will work aggressively to hold the responsible manufacturer liable for negligence.

The Issue

Most new model vehicles have numerous electronic components, including controls for airbags. The airbag control units under investigation are manufactured by ZF-TRW and may fail to inflate if you are involved in a collision. This may be because of unwanted electrical signals the crash produces that can disable the airbag control circuit and cause the airbag to remain static and not inflate as intended.

The investigation follows a long list of problems with vehicle airbags. Takata airbags have been under recall because they can explode due to long-term exposure to high heat and humidity.

The NHTSA is scheduling additional airbags to be recalled by December 2019, bringing the total number of recalls in the U.S. to about 65-70 million.

Vehicles Under Investigation

Up to today, only Hyundai, Kia, and Fiat Chrysler have issued airbag recalls due to this potential defect. Four deaths potentially linked to the airbag control problem reportedly happened in Hyundai or Kia vehicles. Another three that may be linked to the problem occurred in Fiat Chrysler vehicles.

If you suspect that your vehicle may be under a recall, you can check using your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). If your car has any active recalls, you can call your local dealer and they will repair it free of charge.

Possible Injuries Caused by Lack of Airbag Protection

Airbags are meant to protect drivers and passengers from serious injuries when involved in a collision. When an airbag fails to deploy or explodes, the outcome is often fatal. Some injuries associated with airbag failure include:

  • Bleeding on the brain
  • Severe cuts and lacerations
  • Large wounds
  • Skull fractures
  • Eye injuries
  • Torn arteries
  • Injuries that resemble a gunshot wound or stab

Victims of these types of accidents require immediate medical attention. Even if the injuries are not apparent from the outside, it is possible to suffer internal damages. That is why it is important to seek professional medical attention following an accident.

Contact a Trusted Lawyer Today

Car accidents, in and of themselves, are extremely dangerous and life-threatening. When vehicle parts made to protect accident victims malfunction, a minor collision could turn deadly.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident, it is crucial that you seek legal advice from a trusted attorney who cares. Our team at Arnold Law Firm is devoted to the needs of our accident clients. We have helped many families get the compensation they needed to move forward with their lives after a devasting accident. We offer a free legal consultation that comes at no obligation to take legal action.

Contact us today for your free consultation. Our services are provided on a contingency fee basis, so there are no legal fees. We only get paid if we are successful obtaining fair compensation for your case.

Reach out to us today at (916) 777-7777.