Defective exploding airbags and early deployment airbags are causing fatal and serious injury accidents throughout the United States. These exploding airbag accidents and early deployment accidents are especially common in hot and humid climates such as Texas because the defective explosive compound used in these airbags can degrade resulting in early deployment. This unnecessary explosion can send project shrapnel into drivers causing serious injuries and fatal accidents.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal automobile collision or have been injured by a defective automobile including defective airbags, please feel free to send an e-mail to Texas Exploding Airbag Accident Lawyer and Texas Defective Airbag Early Deployment Accident Lawyer Jason Coomer or please feel free to submit an inquiry via our contact form. Please include the date of the accident, the names of anyone injured or killed in the accident, the location of the accident, as well as the make and model of the vehicles involved in the collision.
Drivers Should Check To Determine If Their Vehicle Has Defective Airbags And What Recalls Are In Place For The Make and Model of Their Vehicle
Several different makes and models of vehicles have defective airbags and are subject to recalls to replace airbags. To determine if the vehicle you are driving is subject to the airbag recall, please go to the NHTSA web page for the most current information. Below is a list of some of the vehicles that may be included in the recall because of defective airbags.
2003 Acura CL
2013-2016 Acura ILX
2013-2014 Acura ILX hybrid
2003-2006 Acura MDX
2007-2016 Acura RDX
2005-2012 Acura RL
2002-2003 Acura 3.2 TL
2009-2014 Acura TL
2010-2013 Acura ZDX
2001-2007 Honda Accord - Driver’s side airbag
2003-2007 Honda Accord - Passenger side airbag
2001-2005 Honda Civic - Driver’s & passenger side airbag
2002-2011 Honda CR-V - Driver’s side airbag
2011-2015 Honda CR-Z
2003-2011 Honda Element - Driver’s side airbag
2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity
2009-2013 Honda Fit
2013-2014 Honda Fit EV
2010-2014 Honda Insight
2002-2004 Honda Odyssey - Driver’s side airbag
2003-2008 Honda Pilot - Driver’s side airbag
2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline - Driver’s side airbag
2004-2006 Ranger - Driver’s and/or passenger side airbag
2005-2006 GT - Driver’s and/or passenger side airbag
2005-2014 Mustang - Driver’s side airbag
2007-2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
2007-2008 GMC Sierra 2500/3500
2003-2007 Pontiac Vibe
2005 Saab 9-2x
2003-2011 Saab 9-3
2010-2011 Saab 9-5
2008-2009 Saturn Astra
2008-2013 1 Series (128i, 135i, M)
2000 323i / 328i
2001-2011 325i / 325Xi
2006-2013 328i / 328Xi / 328i xDrive
2001-2011 330i / 330Xi
2006-2013 335i / 335Xi / 335 xDrive
2002-2003 525i / 530i / 540i
2013-2015 X1 sDrive 28i / xDrive28i / xDrive30i
2003 X5 3.0i / X5 4.4i
2007-2013 X5 xDrive30i / xDrive35i / xDrive48i / xDrive50i / M
2009-2013 X5 xDrive35d
2008-2014 X6 xDrive35i / xDrive50i / M
2004-2006 B-Series Truck - Driver and/or passenger side airbag
2003-2008 Mazda6 - Driver and/or passenger side airbag
2006-2007 MazdaSpeed6 - Driver and/or passenger side airbag
2004-2005 MPV - Driver and/or passenger side airbag
2004-2008 Mazda RX-8 - Driver and/or passenger side airbag
2005 C230 Kompressor
2008-2011 C300 4Matic
2009-2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
2010-2011 E350 4Matic
2011 E350 Cabriolet
2010-2011 E550 4Matic
2011 E550 Cabriolet
2010-2011 E63 AMG
2009-2010 GL320 BlueTec 4Matic
2011-2012 GL350 BlueTec 4Matic
2009-2012 GL450 4Matic
2009-2012 GL550 4Matic
2010-2012 GLK350 4Matic
2009-2010 ML320 BlueTec 4Matic
2009-2011 ML350 4Matic
2010-2011 ML450 4Matic Hybrid
2009-2011 ML550 4Matic
2009-2011 ML63 AMG
2007-2008 SLK55 AMG
2011-2014 SLS AMG
2012 SLS AMG Cabriolet
2013-2014 SLS AMG GT
2009-2010 R320 CDI 4Matic
2009-2012 R350 4Matic
2011-2012 R350 BlueTec 4Matic
2004-2006 Lancer Evolution
2004 Lancer Sportback
2006-2009 Mitsubishi Raider
2003-2005 Infiniti FX - Passenger side
2006 Infiniti M35/M45 - Passenger side
2001-2004 Infiniti I30/I35 - Passenger side
2002-2003 Infiniti QX4 - Passenger side
2001-2003 Nissan Maxima - Passenger side
2002-2004 Nissan Pathfinder - Passenger side
2002-2006 Nissan Sentra - Passenger side
2003-2005 Baja - Passenger side
2003-2008 Legacy - Passenger side
2003-2008 Outback - Passenger side
2004-2005 Impreza (include WRX/STi) - Passenger side
2002-2007 Lexus SC - Passenger side
2003-2007 Toyota Corolla - Passenger side
2003-2007 Toyota Matrix - Passenger side
2004-2005 Toyota RAV4
2002-2007 Toyota Sequoia - Passenger side
2003-2006 Toyota Tundra - Passenger side
2005-2013 Audi A3
2006-2009 Audi A4 Cabrio
2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabrio
2009-2012 Audi Q5
2009-2014 Volkswagen CC
2012-2014 Volkswagen Eos
2010-2014 Volkswagen Golf
2010-2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat
2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat
Automobile Accident Crashworthiness Safety Belt Lawsuits, Automobile Crash Rollover Crashworthiness Lawsuits, Automobile Wreck Crashworthiness Unsafe Roof Collapse Lawsuits and Fatal Automobile Collision Crashworthiness Defective Air Bag Lawsuits (Automobile Defective Crashworthiness Product Liability Lawsuits)
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards set minimum performance requirements for those vehicle parts that protect drivers and passengers from death or serious injury in the event of a crash (air bags, safety belts, child restraints, energy absorbing steering columns, motorcycle helmets). These vehicle performance requirements, defective automobile crashworthiness lawsuits, manufacturer safety policies, and the investigation efforts of the The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are important to identify unsafe vehicles with defective airbags, defective seat belts, defective child restraints, defective roof design, defective designs that cause vehicle fires, and defective designs that cause vehicle rollovers.
Automobile Accident Crashworthiness Defective Air Bag Lawsuits and Fatal Automobile Collision Crashworthiness Defective Air Bag Lawsuits (Automobile Defective Airbag Product Liability Lawsuits)
Defective Air Bag Claims may arise out of serious automobile accidents where a defective air bag was the cause of death or a catastrophic injury. An air bag injury may result when an air bag deploys at low impact or no impact. The defective airbag will deploy at tremendous force which is necessary to protect passengers from forward momentum of a high-speed crash. However, if the air bag deploys At low speed, deployment can snap the head and neck back severely, resulting in spinal damage, brain injury and soft tissue damage. Facial lacerations and even broken bones in the face are also common. Sometimes air bags fail to deploy when they should, resulting in chest, head, face and or neck injury as the body is propelled against the dashboard, windshield or seatback.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducts investigation and research on a variety of crashworthiness issues including potentially defective airbags, defective seatbelts, defective rollover design, defective roof design, defective steering column design, defective child restrain design, and other other defective safety designs that can kill or increase the injuries suffered by people in vehicles. This work combined with fatal collision defective automobile parts lawyers and catastrophic injury automobile crash defective part lawyers helps provide important incentives to automobile manufacturers and automobile parts manufacturers to ensure production of safe vehicles.
Fatal Rollover Crash Defective Design Lawsuits, Catastrophic Injury Defective Design Rollover Lawsuits, Fatal Roof Collapse Defective Design Lawsuits, Catastrophic Injury Defective Roof Design Lawsuits, and Automobile Accident Collapsed Roof Lawsuits (Product Liability Defective Design Roof Collapse Lawsuits)
Manufacturers have known for decades that vehicles roll over in reasonably foreseeable accidents. With the rise in popularity of SUVs and pick-up trucks, the number of people who are susceptible to vehicles rolling over has increased significantly over the last 20 years. However, in light of the fact that more people are affected by rollovers, most vehicle manufacturers have not increased the strength of the roofs in their SUVs and pick-ups.
Roof crush, or “loss of occupant survival space,” creates many problems for occupants in the vehicle. First, it rapidly reduces the space in the vehicle for the occupant. This will increase the risk that the occupant will receive a spinal cord compression injury. Second, roof deformation does not happen straight down but rather down and in toward the occupant. This significantly increases the likelihood that a properly belted occupant will be partially ejected out of the vehicle during the roll sequence. Typically the force of the roll coupled with the glass shattering out of the window, the roof crushing down and inward and the seatbelt not properly securing the occupant to the seat will result in the occupant having his or her head and/or arm and shoulder out of the vehicle during the roll. As will be discussed below, there are other ways to keep an occupant in the vehicle during a roll but a roof that stays in place during a roll reduces the risk of a person being partially ejected or receiving a compression injury even without the other safety measures.
The most common injuries associated with roof crush are spinal cord compression injuries and death. Many automobile manufacturers have taken the position, especially in spinal cord compression injury cases, that the injury was caused by the occupant “diving” into the roof. The term “diving” comes from the analogy of swimming pool diving injuries to compression injuries sustained in rollovers. With this defense, the automobile manufacturers maintain the injury occurs before the roof crushes in by the head moving toward the roof until it can go no further and the weight of the occupant’s body moving toward the head until there is such loading on the neck that a spinal injury occurs. Vehicle manufactures allege through testing and expert testimony that when a vehicle is inverted, the forces of gravity and the roll sequence will lead to an occupants head contacting the roof without any roof crush. They allege that there is no alternative roof design that can stop this from happening.
Partial ejections are also common in rollover accidents because the roof crushes down and in toward the occupant. When the roof crushes down and in, the force of the roll causes the occupant’s head to get outside the plane of the vehicle. In a partial ejection, it is common for an occupant to hit his or her head against the ground or pavement or get it caught between the car and ground during the roll. Vehicle manufacturers often argue that no matter the strength of the roof, a belted occupant can get their head out of the car during a roll. But if you keep the roof from deforming more than 3 inches during a rollover, restrained and contained occupants cannot get their heads out of the plane of the vehicle and sustain a catastrophic injury. The most important series of tests that address the causal relationship between occupant injuries and roof deformation are Malibu I and Malibu II. These were dolly rollover tests performed with Chevrolet Malibus (some with production roofs and others with reinforced roofs that did not deform during the rollovers). The vehicles were equipped with Hybrid III test dummies (in Malibu I the dummies were unrestrained and in Malibu II the dummies were properly belted). Vehicle manufacturers use the Malibu tests to argue the roof crush does not actually cause the injury.
The test data demonstrates, however, that there is a causative relationship between the strength of the roof and significant neck loading. Analysis of the Malibu testing and other testing that has been performed by the automotive industry and others is beyond the scope of this paper, but it is important for anybody handling a roof crush case to be well-versed in all of this testing. When analyzing a roof crush case, it is important to analyze the extent of the roof deformation. This will require measurements that can be done by a trained attorney or investigator. Further, as discussed above, the accident reconstruction will provide much information that will allow an analysis of a roof crush case. Trip speed, roll velocity, number of rolls, drop height and the type of roll (barrel, end over end or football) are all needed to analyze whether or not a safer alternative design existed that would have kept the occupant compartment space preserved during the roll.
Fatal Crash Defective Seat Belt Lawsuits, Catastrophic Injury Defective Crashworthiness Seat Belt Lawsuits, and Car Wreck Defective Seat Belt Lawsuits (Product Liability Defective Seat Belt Lawsuits)
Serious abdominal, head, neck, shoulder, facial and leg injuries are common results of seatbelt failure. The cause may be poor design of the seat latch, failure of the belt to catch when brakes are applied, poorly designed pressure points where the lap or shoulder harness cut into the body, or weakness or tears in the seat belt itself.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Conducts Investigations of Defective Automobiles with Defective Airbags, Defective Tires, Defective Roof Design, Defective Accelerators, and Defective Brakes (NHTSA Automobile Defective Product Recalls)
"Approximately 42,000 lives are lost annually on our Nation’s highways. Traffic crashes are the primary cause of debilitating injuries in the United States and the number one killer of Americans under the age of 34. In addition to staggering emotional costs, the annual economic loss to society because of these crashes, in terms of worker productivity, medical costs, insurance costs, etc., is estimated at more than $150 billion. Clearly, there is a need for dramatic improvement in motor vehicle safety. Getting unsafe vehicles off the road is integral to improving safety and saving lives."
"The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act (originally enacted in 1966 and now recodified as 49 U.S.C. Chapter 301) gives the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the authority to issue vehicle safety standards and to require manufacturers to recall vehicles that have safety-related defects or do not meet Federal safety standards. Since then, more than 390 million cars, trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, and mopeds, as well as 46 million tires, 66 million pieces of motor vehicle equipment, and 42 million child safety seats have been recalled to correct safety defects."
"Manufacturers voluntarily initiate many of these recalls, while others are either influenced by NHTSA investigations or ordered by NHTSA via the courts. If a safety defect is discovered, the manufacturer must notify NHTSA, as well as vehicle or equipment owners, dealers, and distributors. The manufacturer is then required to remedy the problem at no charge to the owner. NHTSA is responsible for monitoring the manufacturer’s corrective action to ensure successful completion of the recall campaign."
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducts defect investigations and administers safety recalls to support its mission to improve safety on our nation's highways. NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles or items of motor vehicle equipment when investigations indicate they contain serious safety defects in their design, construction, or performance. NHTSA also monitors the adequacy of manufacturers' recall campaigns. Before initiating an investigation, NHTSA carefully reviews the body of consumer complaints and other available data to determine whether a defect trend may exist.
Defective Accelerators, Defective Brakes, and Defective Floor Mats Cause Accidents (Product Liability Lawsuits)
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced it is opening a formal investigation of the Toyota Prius Hybrid model year 2010 to look into allegations of momentary loss of braking capability while traveling over an uneven road surface, pothole or bump. The agency received 124 reports from consumers, including four alleging that crashes occurred. Investigators have spoken with consumers and conducted pre-investigatory field work. “Safety is our top priority,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also issued a consumer advisory on the recall of several models of Toyota vehicles and the Pontiac Vibe involving pedal entrapment and sticky accelerator pedals. In issuing this advisory, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed 102 known incidents of 2004-2009 model year vehicles where the vehicles' accelerator and/or defective floor mats caused problems with the operation of the vehicle. A notice was posted on Toyota and Lexus’ web sites explaining to Toyota and Lexus owners that, “Recent events have prompted Toyota (and Lexus) to take a closer look at the potential for an accelerator pedal to get stuck in the full open position due to an unsecured or incompatible driver's floor mat. A stuck open accelerator pedal may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop the vehicle, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death.” According to the NHTSA, 42 of the 102 known accidents involved a 2007 Lexus ES350. The confirmed events included a 4-person fatality crash in Santee, CA on August 28, 2009, involving a 2009 Lexus ES350 (a Lexus dealer loaner vehicle).
According to Sean Kane, an independent automotive safety expert and founder of Safety Research and Strategies, Inc. says that 19 deaths and 341 injuries can be attributed to 815 separate crashes involving Toyotas that had accelerated suddenly and unexpectedly. 2,262 incidents involving Unintended Acceleration have been reported since 1999.
Toyota Motor Corp’s recall of 3.8 million cars (the largest recall in company history) affects the Toyota Camry (2000-2010), Toyota Avalon (2005-2010), Toyota Prius (2004-2009), Toyota Tacoma (2005-2010), Toyota Tundra (2007-2010), Lexus ES 350 (2007-2010), Lexus IS 250 (2006-2010), and the Lexus IS 350 (2006-2010). A recall was issued in 2007 for an all-weather accessory floor mat sold for some 2007 and 2008 Lexus ES 350 and Toyota Camry models.
Secretary Ray LaHood of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made the following statement on the Toyota recalls: “I want to encourage owners of any recalled Toyota models to contact their local dealer and get their vehicles fixed as soon as possible. NHTSA will continue to hold Toyota’s feet to the fire to make sure that they are doing everything they have promised to make their vehicles safe. We will continue to investigate all possible causes of these safety issues.” Read NHTSA’s consumer advisory on the Toyota recalls from Monday below.
Owners of the recalled Toyota and Lexus vehicles should are advised to contact their Toyota and Lexus dealers as soon as possible for a safe replacement.
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As a Texas Defective Automobile Crashworthiness Fatal Accident Lawyer, Jason Coomer, works on Texas Fatal Rollover and Defective Airbag Lawsuits involving serious injuries and fatal automobile collisions all over the State of Texas and throughout the United States. In working on Texas Fatal Automobile Crash Law Suits, Jason Coomer commonly works with other Texas Fatal Defective Crashworthiness Rollover Accident Lawyers throughout Texas and the United States including Houston Fatal Defective Airbag Accident Lawyers, Dallas Fatal Defective Roof Collapse Rollover Lawyers, El Paso Defective Safety Restrain Fatal Accident Lawyers, and San Antonio Defective Safety Design Serious Burn and Death Accident Lawyers.
In working with other Defective Crashworthiness Automobile Accident Lawyers, he is able to more efficiently investigate and litigate catastrophic injury and fatal automobile crash and deadly car wreck lawsuits that are caused by defective automobile design or parts.
Texas Defective Crashworthiness Automobile lawyer, Jason S. Coomer, helps individuals that have been seriously injured and the families of people that have been killed as a result of defective air bags, defective rollover design, defective roof design, defective safety restraint design, defective steering column design, or other a defective crashworthiness automobile design or part. If you have a question about a defective air bag or defective automobile claims, contact Austin Texas Defective Automobile Crashworthiness Fatal Accident lawyer Jason Coomer.