TRW Airbag Safety Defect Lawsuit

NHTSA probe of ZF-TRW airbags has expanded and may affect more than 12 million vehicles manufactured by six automakers – Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi and Toyota.

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ZF TRW Airbag – Defective Airbag Control Units (ACUs)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has expanded an investigation into airbags manufactured by ZF TRW Automotive. These airbags were used in a number of automobiles manufactured for model years 2010 to 2019. NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has said that the probe has now expanded to include cars manufactured by Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi and Toyota and may impact as many as 12.3 million vehicles.

The ZF TRW airbag investigation was started after reports showed 6 injuries and 4 deaths occurred when airbags failed to deploy in in Hyundai and Kia vehicles. In 2016, Hyundai subsequently recalled 155,000 2011 Sonata vehicles and Kia recalled 507,000 vehicles. The same year, Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.9 million vehicles but the number of deaths that is attributed to failed airbag deployment has now reached 8 lives. The recent expansion of the probe occurred after two frontal-crash events in Toyota Corollas resulted in serious injury and fatality.

The cause of the airbags failure to deploy may be in the application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) which monitors signals from crash sensors. It appears that a crash can cause electrical signals to overstress the integrated circuits, preventing control units from signaling airbags to deploy. Thus far, the failure appears to affect airbags manufactured by ZF TRW Automotive, but the investigation is ongoing.

If you own or lease any of the vehicles listed below, they may contain airbags with defective Airbag Control Units. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your case.

Automobiles that may use ZF TRW Automotive Airbags include:

Make Model Year
Acura RLX 2014-2019
Acura RLX Hybrid 2014-2019
Acura TL 2012-2014
Acura TLX 2015-2017
Acura TSX 2012-2014
Acura TSX Sport Wagon 2014
Acura TSX Sportswagon 2012-2013
Dodge Nitro 2010-2011
Dodge Ram 1500 2009
Dodge Ram 3500 2010
Dodge Ram 1500 2009-2012
Dodge Ram 2500 2010-2012
Dodge Ram 3500 2010-2012
Dodge Ram 4500 2011-2012
Dodge Ram 5500 2011-2012
Fiat 500 2012-2019
Honda Accord 2013-2015
Honda Accord Hybrid 2014-2015
Honda Civic 2012-2015
Honda Civic GX 2012-2015
Honda Civic Hybrid 2012-2015
Honda Civic Si 2012-2015
Honda CR-V 2012-2016
Honda Fit 2012-2017
Honda Fit EV 2013-2014
Honda Ridgeline 2012-2014
Hyundai Sonata 2013-2019
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2013-2019
Jeep Compass 2015-2017
Jeep Liberty 2010-2012
Jeep Patriot 2015-2017
Jeep Wrangler 2010-2018
Kia Forte 2013
Kia Forte Koup 2013
Kia Optima 2013-2019
Kia Optima Hybrid 2012-2016
Kia Sedona 2014
Mitsubishi Lancer 2013-2017
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 2013-2015
Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart 2014-2015
Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback 2013-2016
Mitsubishi Outlander 2013
Toyota Avalon 2012-2018
Toyota Avalon Hybrid 2013-2018
Toyota Corolla 2011-2019
Toyota Corolla iM 2017-2018
Toyota Corolla Matrix 2011-2013
Toyota Sequoia 2012-2017
Toyota Tacoma 2012-2019
Toyota Tundra 2012-2017

 

This airbag issue is completely separate and different from recent news about exploding airbags made by another company, Takata, which has involved more than 56 million faulty airbags.

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