Drivers of Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi and Toyota vehicles may be at critical risk of catastrophic injuries due to the potential for their car’s airbag systems to be dysfunctional or fail to deploy entirely. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating ZF TRW Automotive brand airbag systems and recalls are possible for these types of vehicles and more. If you are concerned about the safety of your vehicle or want a legal opinion after an accident has occurred, the personal injury experts at the Cambridge firm of Altman & Altman LLP are here to help you.
Airbag functionality is essential to safety
Thousands of accidents occur every day in America, and when you wind up in one you need to be able to rely on a few key safety components of your vehicle to keep you from becoming more seriously injured. One of those key components is your car’s airbag system – which should automatically deploy in the event of a crash in order to cushion you from the worst effects of the impact.
Airbag systems have become far more complex and reliable since they were first standardized in the early 1980s. However, this does not guarantee that manufacturers of airbags are incapable of making crucial errors that compromise the integrity and safety of these systems – putting people at risk and forcing hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of vehicles to be recalled to address the issue.
Already there have been 12.3 million vehicles investigated by the NHTSA due to a concern they may contain faulty TRW airbag systems. No recalls have been issued at this time, but the fact that the NHTSA is taking matters so seriously indicates the possibility for recalls to be issued in the future.
There have already been recalls ordered for another airbag system made by another company, Takata, which made headlines for their airbags that were prone to having explosive incidents. In the case of TRW, the issue is that electrical malfunctions may cause the airbag system to fail to detect a crash and fail to deploy when they matter most. The investigations were launched in part due to two separate incidents where the airbags failed to deploy – and in one of those cases, the failure resulted in a fatality.
We hold negligent companies accountable and protect consumers
You may feel as though there is no real recourse if you find out that you have one of the types of vehicles that contain these potentially dangerous airbag systems, however that is not the case. The experienced attorneys at Altman & Altman LLP have over 50 years of experience advocating on behalf of our clients and taking on large companies that put their lives in danger through the production of unsafe products.
If a recall is issued for all vehicles with TRW airbag systems, you have a right to have the issue corrected. And even if a recall is not issued, but you are in an accident where the airbag system failed to deploy, causing further injury, you have a strong case to make against the company for financial compensation on the grounds that they sold a defective product that did not perform its crucial duty.
Companies have a responsibility to make products that function as intended and don’t put users at risk of harm, especially companies that produce systems as vitally important as vehicular airbag systems. If you have any belief that your airbag system may not be functioning properly, contact the manufacturer immediately and contact a lawyer from Altman & Altman LLP to be in your corner if you need to pursue legal action.
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