General Motors (GM) Ignition Switch Airbag Failure Lawsuits
In recent years there have been multiple lawsuits that have been filed against manufacturers of airbags and companies like General Motors (GM), that install airbags on vehicles as required by law. Because there has been deaths and serious injuries resulting from these airbags failing, many of those people who are owners of GM model vehicles are now participating in a GM airbag lawsuit. If you or a loved one has been injured or died due to the airbag failure in a GM vehicle, then allow the professional and experienced Jones Brown team help you get the compensation that you deserve through a General Motors (GM) Ignition Switch Airbag Failure Lawsuit.
General Motors (GM) Airbags
One of the biggest vehicle safety issues that consumers should take action on involves the failure of GM Airbag protection. GM has issued recalls on many of their recent models that may have faulty airbags. It is essential that consumers take action to get those recalled airbags replaced ASAP as not having that protection could be the difference between life or death.
Several million recalls were issued in prior years to address problems with airbags produced by Takata, a producer of airbags used worldwide. There has also been a recall that addresses the issue of a failure that can occur in the software system that activates the airbags and seatbelts. GM airbags are currently a subject of concern for many people, as recalls have now been issued for airbags that were installed on several GM model vehicles.
General Motors (GM) Airbag Failures
There are several ways in which an airbag may fail that could lead to the occupants of a vehicle being harmed. In some instances, the special inflator device contained within the airbags themselves have exploded upon activation. The device is supposed to cause rapid expansion of the airbag to provide needed protection, but due to some malfunction, the device either did not work at all, activated prematurely, or it expanded so quickly it exploded. Upon explosion, this inflator shattered, causing shards of metal to penetrate through the airbag material, and this resulted in harm to passengers or drivers. Some deaths have been attributed to this type of airbag failure.
The latest GM airbag failures are caused by software issues. The software is designed to activate the airbag inflator device when an impact is detected. GM issued recalls for approximately 3.64 million vehicles in the United States. Vehicle affected are the 2014-2017 model years. The specific part of the concern is a sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) that control deployment of the airbag and pretensioners. The SDM contains software that has a defect that would then prevent deployment when it is actually needed.
Affected GM Models
- Buick Lacrosse 2005-2009
- Buick Lucern 2006-2011
- Cadillac CTS 2003-2011
- Cadillac Deville 200-2005
- Cadillac DTS 2006-2011
- Cadillac SRX 2004-2006
- Chevrolet Camaro 2010-2014
- Chevrolet Cobalt 2005-2010
- Chevrolet HHR 2006-2011
- Chevrolet Impala 2000-2014
- Chevrolet Malibu 1997-2003
- Chevrolet Malibu Classic 2004-2005
- Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2000-2007
- Oldsmobile Alero 1999-2004
- Oldsmobile Intrigue 1998-2002
- Pontiac G5 2007-2010
- Pontiac Grand Am 1999-2005
- Pontiac Grand Prix 2004-2008
- Pontiac Solstice 2006-2010
- Saturn Ion 2003-2007
- Saturn Sky 2007-2010
General Motors (GM) Airbag Lawsuits
Gm airbag lawsuits are a method for obtaining fair compensation and justice when someone has been injured by another person or a company in some way that created financial burdens, physical harm or death. In the case of airbags, there have already been millions of participants in various individual and class lawsuits against manufacturers and companies that used defective airbags in their vehicles. The defects may have happened during a design, manufacturing or installation process.
- NEGLIGENCE – This is a standard feature of defective product lawsuits. The consumer has a right to expect that products will be safe and function and function as promised and not cause harm to the user. If there are negligence based defects in product design, manufacture or installation, and those defects result in product failure leading to harm or death, a lawsuit may be a proper response.
- FAIR COMPENSATION – Airbag injuries can be simple, like bruising or small scrapes and cuts, or they can be complex and result in severe injury or even death. Fair compensation for airbag injuries can include all related expenses, including emergency medical treatment at the scene, hospital fees, payments to doctors, nurses, and other medical care personnel, rehabilitation costs, special equipment, job retraining, lost income and other financial losses. If the injured person(s) dies, survivors may file airbag lawsuits for personal losses of guardianship, companionship, and consortium, and for financial losses, their loved one would have provided, such as income and future inheritance.
If you were involved in a serious front-end collision where the airbag should have deployed but did not, you may have a legal claim. This is what is called a “crashworthiness” claim and an experienced and professional GM airbag attorney at Jones Brown PLLC can guide through this process and will advise you on whether you have a potential General Motors (GM) Airbag Failure lawsuit.
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Defective Product Law
When you buy a product, you have certain rights as a consumer. The most basic is the right to be safe while using the item. Big companies have an obligation to design and manufacture safe products. When they fail in this obligation and you’re hurt by a shoddy product, you should speak with the experienced defective product lawyers at Jones Brown PLLC. A defective product can be dangerous and put you at risk of a significant personal injury. Our defective products attorneys believe you deserve the best possible representation. You need a product liability lawyer to fight for you in this difficult time. We’ll help you pursue the justice and compensation you deserve. CLICK HERE to contact Jones Brown PLLC now!