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:

MakeModelYear
AcuraRLX2014-2019
AcuraRLX Hybrid2014-2019
AcuraTL2012-2014
AcuraTLX2015-2017
AcuraTSX2012-2014
AcuraTSX Sport Wagon2014
AcuraTSX Sportswagon2012-2013
DodgeNitro2010-2011
DodgeRam 15002009
DodgeRam 35002010
DodgeRam 15002009-2012
DodgeRam 25002010-2012
DodgeRam 35002010-2012
DodgeRam 45002011-2012
DodgeRam 55002011-2012
Fiat5002012-2019
HondaAccord2013-2015
HondaAccord Hybrid2014-2015
HondaCivic2012-2015
HondaCivic GX2012-2015
HondaCivic Hybrid2012-2015
HondaCivic Si2012-2015
HondaCR-V2012-2016
HondaFit2012-2017
HondaFit EV2013-2014
HondaRidgeline2012-2014
HyundaiSonata2013-2019
HyundaiSonata Hybrid2013-2019
JeepCompass2015-2017
JeepLiberty2010-2012
JeepPatriot2015-2017
JeepWrangler2010-2018
KiaForte2013
KiaForte Koup2013
KiaOptima2013-2019
KiaOptima Hybrid2012-2016
KiaSedona2014
MitsubishiLancer2013-2017
MitsubishiLancer Evolution2013-2015
MitsubishiLancer Ralliart2014-2015
MitsubishiLancer Sportback2013-2016
MitsubishiOutlander2013
ToyotaAvalon2012-2018
ToyotaAvalon Hybrid2013-2018
ToyotaCorolla2011-2019
ToyotaCorolla iM2017-2018
ToyotaCorolla Matrix2011-2013
ToyotaSequoia2012-2017
ToyotaTacoma2012-2019
ToyotaTundra2012-2017

 

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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