A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of consumers in the U.S. against Hyundai, Kia, and ZF-TRW Automotive for fraud and concealment of a deadly airbag safety defect affecting 12.5 million vehicles.
The National Highway and Traffic Administration estimates that more than 12.5 million vehicles may be affected and contain a defective airbag control unit. This airbag was designed and manufactured by ZF-TRW and supplied to U.S. vehicle manufacturers including Hyundai, Kia, and Toyota.
If you were injured in a crash due to these defective airbags NOT deploying, or if you own one of the affected vehicles, our attorneys want to help. These insurance companies and automotive manufacturers have large law firms working on their behalf, and so should you. Contact us today at (888) 760-2313 or fill out the free online consultation form on this page.
Vehicle Models Affected by the ZF Airbag Defect
Toyota (no recalls as of May 2019)
- Toyota Corolla 2018-2019
Hyundai (581,000 recalled as of Oct. 2018)
- Hyundai Sonata 2013-2019
- Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2013-2019
Kia (507,000 recalled as of Aug. 2018)
- Kia Forte/Forte Koup 2013
- Kia Optima 2013-2019
- Kia Optima Hybrid 2012-2016
- Kia Sedona 2014
As early as 2011, ZF-TRW, Hyundai, and Kia investigated airbag non-deployments in several Kia and Hyundai vehicles, but failed to inform the NHTSA that there was an issue until the end of 2015.
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Even after advising NHTSA in 2015, each of these companies downplayed the severity and frequency of these crashes. During this time, they did nothing to protect their consumers or warn of the product dangers. It was not until February and June of 2018 that Hyundai and Kia issued product recalls.
Toyota Corolla vehicles are also included in the NHTSA probe. However, Toyota has not yet announced a recall. The NHTSA Office of Defect Investigations has already identified two crash events (one of which was fatal) involving Toyota products where electrical overstress is suspected as the likely cause of the airbag failure. These crashes involved 2018 and 2019 Toyota Corolla vehicles.
Throughout this nearly decade long period, unsuspecting U.S. consumers continued to purchase potentially affected vehicles with defective airbags, risking the lives of thousands of people.
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Over the past five years, tens of millions of U.S. consumers have seen their Takata airbags recalled for a deadly defect resulting in seven automakers paying a collective $1.5 billion in class action settlements. This case presents yet another example of corporations and auto manufacturers attempting to conceal a deadly airbag defect, putting profits ahead of consumer safety.
You shouldn’t have to pay for a manufacturer’s negligence. The defective airbag attorneys at Cory Watson are ready to fight for you! We’ve helped thousands of clients across the nation stand up for what’s right, and we aren’t afraid to take on automotive giants.
If you were injured in a crash when your airbags did NOT deploy, or if you own one of the affected vehicles, you may qualify for financial compensation. Call Cory Watson Attorneys immediately at (888) 760-2313 or fill out the free online consultation form on this page.
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