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Defective Airbags

2019 Toyota Corolla

When a modern vehicle is in a crash, the seatbelts lock in place and the air bags deploy. If these two things fail to happen, the vehicle’s passengers don’t have the full advantage of the seatbelts or any advantage from the air bags. The complaint for this class action alleges that that’s exactly what’s happening with vehicles from Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. due to defective airbag control units (ACUs) from ZF TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

2019 Hyundai Sonata

Airbags are supposed to keep drivers and passengers safe. But what happens if the airbag control unit (ACU) is defective? Will anyone know it’s defective until an accident actually occurs? And what if the seatbelt tensioners are also involved? The complaint for this class action alleges that ZF TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. sold faulty ACUs, and that Hyundai Motor America, Inc. and Kia Motor America, Inc. kept putting them in cars and downplayed the serious risks involved, even though they knew better.

            The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that Hyundai produced and sold a defective side airbag system (SAS) in their Tiburon model from 2003 to 2008.  Hyundai placed the Tiburon side impact sensor in the incorrect location on the crossmember, a remote location where it is unable to recognize many types of real world crashes in which an air bag would prevent death or serious injury.  Hyundai was aware of both the danger presented by the crossmember location and the superiority of the B pillar location.