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:
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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.