Friday, 16 October 2020 16:20

ZF Airbag Lawsuit Includes 15 Million Vehicles

Written by David A. Wood, Car Complaints


In April 2019, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into airbag failures caused by ZF TRW airbag control units. The investigation includes more than 12 million vehicles and is ongoing.


The 2019 investigation followed a 2018 federal investigation into 2011 Hyundai Sonata and 2012-2013 Kia Forte airbag failures which killed four people and injured six.


And some of the automakers named in the class action have recalled vehicles due to the ZF TRW airbag control units.


In 2016, Chrysler recalled 1.9 million vehicles after airbag failures killed three people and injured five.


Hyundai recalled nearly 155,000 model year 2011 Sonatas in 2018 following three crashes where the airbags failed to deploy because of electrical shorts inside the airbag control units.


The recall was then expanded to include an additional 580,000 Sonata cars.


In addition, Kia recalled 507,000 Forte, Optima and Sedona vehicles after airbags failed.


The lawsuit, however, alleges about 9 million vehicles weren't recalled but should have been repaired.


The ZF TRW airbag class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan: Adams, et al., v. ZF Active Safety and Electronics US LLC, et al.


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