An airbag explodes in a car

52 Million Airbag Inflators Should Be Recalled: A Guide for Car Owners

In recent years, the automotive industry has witnessed growing concerns about safety-related defects in airbag inflators. The NHTSA’s recent Initial Decision sheds light on a critical issue affecting vehicle manufacturers and consumers alike. Let’s delve into the details:

The Problem

The NHTSA identified a defect in certain frontal and passenger airbag inflators produced by ARC and Delphi. These inflators pose a risk to vehicle occupants, potentially compromising their safety during collisions. As a result, the agency recommends a recall for affected vehicles.

According to the NHTSA, these inflators can rupture during deployment, sending metal fragments flying into the passenger compartment. This can cause serious injuries or even death to the driver or passengers. The defect is similar to the one that plagued Takata airbags, which led to the largest recall in U.S. history.

The NHTSA estimates that about 52 million airbag inflators from ARC and Delphi are defective and should be recalled. These inflators have been used in vehicles from 2000 through early 2018 produced by 12 automakers, including General Motors (GM), Ford Motor, Stellantis, Tesla, Toyota Motor, and Volkswagen.

The defect is caused by the degradation of the propellant used to inflate the airbags, which can become unstable over time due to exposure to heat, humidity, and moisture. This can lead to excessive internal pressure and rupture of the inflator housing.

The NHTSA has been investigating the issue since 2015, when it received reports of two deaths and four injuries involving ARC inflators. The agency also received information from Delphi, which supplied some of the inflators to ARC, indicating potential safety risks. The NHTSA conducted extensive testing and analysis of the inflators and concluded that they contain a defect related to motor vehicle safety.

A Tesla steering wheel with an airbag inscription on it

A Tesla steering wheel with an airbag inscription on it

Car Makes and Models Affected

While the investigation primarily focuses on specific airbag inflators, it indirectly impacts various car makes and models. Owners of vehicles equipped with these inflators should pay attention to recall notices from manufacturers. The following is a list of the affected car makes and models, based on the NHTSA’s Initial Decision:

  • BMW: 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, X1, X3, X5, X6, Z4
  • Ford: Edge, Escape, Expedition, Explorer, F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550, Fiesta, Flex, Focus, Fusion, Mustang, Ranger, Taurus, Transit Connect
  • GM:
    • Buick Enclave, Encore, LaCrosse, Lucerne, Regal, Verano;
    • Cadillac ATS, CTS, DTS, Escalade, SRX, STS, XTS;
    • Chevrolet Avalanche, Camaro, Cobalt, Colorado, Cruze, Equinox, Express, HHR, Impala, Malibu, Silverado, Sonic, Suburban, Tahoe, Traverse, Volt;
    • GMC Acadia, Canyon, Savana, Sierra, Terrain, Yukon;
    • Hummer H2, H3;
    • Pontiac G5, G6, Solstice;
    • Saturn Aura, Outlook, Sky;
    • Saab 9-3, 9-5, 9-7X
  • Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra, Genesis, Santa Fe, Sonata, Tucson, Veloster
  • Kia: Forte, Optima, Rio, Sedona, Sorento, Soul, Sportage
  • Maserati: Ghibli, GranTurismo, Levante, Quattroporte
  • Mercedes-Benz: C-Class, CL-Class, CLK-Class, CLS-Class, E-Class, GL-Class, GLK-Class, ML-Class, R-Class, S-Class, SL-Class, SLK-Class, SLS-Class, Sprinter
  • Porsche: 911, Boxster, Cayenne, Cayman, Macan, Panamera
  • Stellantis:
    • Chrysler 200, 300, Aspen, Pacifica, PT Cruiser, Sebring, Town & Country;
    • Dodge Avenger, Caliber, Challenger, Charger, Dakota, Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Magnum, Nitro, Ram 1500, Ram 2500, Ram 3500, Ram 4500, Ram 5500;
    • Fiat 500, 500L;
    • Jeep Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot, Wrangler;
    • Ram C/V, ProMaster, ProMaster City
  • Tesla: Model S, Model X
  • Toyota: 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, Yaris
  • Volkswagen: Beetle, CC, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Passat, Rabbit, Tiguan, Touareg
VW steering wheel with airbag inscription

VW steering wheel with airbag inscription

Protect Yourself and Your Rights

If you own one of these vehicles, you need to take action to protect yourself and your rights. Here’s what you can do:

  • Check your vehicle identification number (VIN) on the NHTSA website to see if your vehicle is part of the recall. If it is, follow the instructions to get your airbag inflators replaced as soon as possible.
  • Keep track of any problems or incidents related to your airbags. Document the date, time, location, and details of what happened. Take photos and videos if possible. Save any receipts, invoices, or repair orders.
  • Contact a qualified attorney who can help you with your legal options. Owners with substantial and recurring problems may be entitled to a refund or replacement under lemon law. Other owners may have claims for breach of warranty under the Magnuson-Moss Act.
The "airbag" sign on the car's torpedo

The “airbag” sign on the car’s torpedo

Possible Class Actions

Given the severity of the airbag inflator issue, affected consumers may seek legal recourse through class-action lawsuits. These actions could involve:

  • Compensation Claims: Owners of vehicles equipped with the identified inflators may pursue compensation for potential safety risks and inconvenience.
  • Consumer Advocacy: Consumer advocacy groups and legal firms may organize class actions to hold manufacturers accountable and ensure consumer rights are protected.
  • Recall Compliance: Class actions can also pressure manufacturers to promptly address recalls and provide necessary repairs or replacements.

Conclusion

Don’t let faulty airbags put your life at risk. You deserve to drive a safe and reliable vehicle. If you have been affected by the airbag inflator defect, you may be eligible for compensation and justice.

Call our law firm today at (973) 598-1980 for a free consultation. We have the experience and expertise to handle your case and fight for your rights. Don’t wait, call us now!

 


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Toyota RAV 4 Recalls

TOYOTA RECALLS 2.1 MILLION RAV4 SUVS TO PREVENT FIRES

Toyota RAV4 batteries may cause short circuits and fires.

By David A. Wood

, CarComplaints.com

Posted in Recalls

November 2, 2023 — A 2013-2018 Toyota RAV4 recall involves about 2.1 million vehicles, with more than 1.8 million recalled in the U.S. and 249,416 recalled in Canada.

Toyota says replacement 12-volt batteries are specified to fit the RAV4 SUVs, but these batteries are smaller at the top.

This can cause a problem when clamping down the battery if it isn’t tightened properly.

The RAV4 battery could move around when driving, especially on turns. In addition, the positive battery terminal may touch the clamp used to hold down the battery.

This can cause a fire from a short-circuit.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn’t released details, and Toyota is still trying to figure out how to fix the problem.

Toyota dealers will eventually replace the battery hold-down clamp, battery tray and positive terminal cover with improved parts.

RAV4 owners should watch for recall notices by late December 2023.

Toyota RAV4 owners in the U.S. may call 800-331-4331 and customers in Canada may call 888-869-6828.

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CarComplaints.com has owner-reported complaints about Toyota RAV4 SUVs.

CHEVROLET MALIBU ENGINE

Chevy Malibu


Engine problems continue to trouble Chevrolet Malibu owners and there are multiple reported complaints. Here are some typical reports,

The ignition module or an ignition coil may fail to cause the engine to misfire which can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate or begin flashing.

 

 

The Fuel Gauge May Not Read Correctly, fuel gauge may not read correctly and/or the Check Engine Light may illuminate with code P0455/P0461 stored for a fuel level sensor issue.

 

Key Stuck in Ignition Lock Cylinder,
The automatic transmission shifter may fail causing the ignition key to become stuck in the ignition lock cylinder.

 

Check Engine Light Due to Gas Cap Issue
Illumination of the check engine light may be the result of a loose or worn gas cap. https://repairpal.com/chevrolet-malibu-2016/problems

 

Owners may be entitled to new vehicles or compensation for problems

Call (973) 598-1980 for a Free Consultation

 

Here are some additional sources:

Toyota Sienna Sliding Doors Class Action

 

A class action law suit has been filed against Toyota for defective automatic sliding doors in 2011-2016 Toyota Sienna minivans.  The lawsuit alleges that a problem with the doors prevents them from latching shut.  The doors can open automatically, on their own, even when the vehicle is in motion, representing a dangerous and potentially fatal situation.  Conversely, the defect can also cause the doors to be stuck shut, trapping occupants in the vehicle.

 

That problem involves sliding doors with motor circuits that can become overloaded, causing the fuse malfunction. With an open fuse, the door could open while driving if the door latch is in an unlatched position.  Although Toyota has issued a recall for the doors, they have provided no repair solution.  Consumers are advised to disable the power mechanism in the doors and just operate them manually.  Since many buyers of minivans view power sliding rear doors as a key and essential feature, forcing owners to operate the doors strictly manually represents a significant inconvenience and devaluation of the car.

 

 

The class action lawsuit alleges that Toyota has been aware of the sliding door defect since before 2013. It claims Toyota was privy to the complaints filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as far back as 2011.  Still, Toyota continued to sell the affected Toyota Siennas without taking steps to fix the defect or notify its customers, the plaintiffs say. The company did not issue a recall for the problem until November 2016.

 

The Toyota Sienna Sliding Door Defect Class Action Lawsuit is Tonya Combs et al v. Toyota Motor Corporation et al, 2:17-cv-04633, in the California District Court.  Here, is a description of a fix for certain models, though you should check with your dealer.

 

 

If you are experiencing problems with the sliding doors on your Toyota Sienna, call us for a Free Consultation to discuss your claim

Chevrolet Tahoe, Silverado, and Suburban Air Conditioning Problem

 

Are you having problems with your Chevy Tahoe, Silverado, or Suburban A/C system?  You may be entitled to compensation.

1. Typical Problems with the Air-Conditioning System

car air conditioning

Owners of the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe 2014-17 have experienced multiple problems with the air-conditioning system. A class action has been filed and owners may be entitled to compensation. The problems have included leaking condensor, blowing hot air,

The diagnosis has included,
* Leaking condenser with replacement needed,
* Faulty hose,
* Air-conditioning additive.

Despite systemic problems, the manufacturer has periodically refused to pay for the repair.

 

2. Inconvenience

Chevrolet Silverado owners have been deprived for weeks or even months of a functioning AC System. Other consequences may include engine stalling because the AC System’s compressor is powered by the engine’s accessory drive belt.

 

3. Causes

One claim explains, automotive AC systems, including the AC Systems in Class Vehicles, are “closed loop” systems that circulate a gaseous refrigerant to cool vehicle cabins. When operating as intended, AC systems should not consume refrigerant or allow it to escape the system. Thus, a vehicle’s AC system will cease to produce cold air only if a system component ceases to function properly, or if the system develops a leak that allows the refrigerant to escape. See General Motor Air-Conditioning Complaint.

 

4. Claims

As the class action complaint says, “GM was and remains under a continuing duty to disclose to Plaintiffs and the members of the Class the true character, quality and nature of the Class Vehicles, that the Defect results from a poor design and/or failures in the manufacturing process, will require costly repairs, poses safety concerns, and diminishes the resale value of the Class Vehicles, in addition to causing Class members to pay out of pocket to repair their Vehicles once the Defect manifests. ”

Additionally, if the compressor seizes while the AC System is in operation, it may place excessive strain on the drive belt, and thereby the Vehicles’ drivetrain, which can result in engine problems.

 

Call our office for a free consultation on your claim, no payment and no obligation required