GM Airbag LawyerLawsuits have been filed against General Motors (GM) when people were seriously injured or killed in car accidents because the airbags did not deploy.

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Airbag Failure Lawsuits Against GM

General Motors (GM), one of the largest car manufacturers in America, is facing a growing number of lawsuits and class actions from consumers who claim that their airbags failed to work.

NHTSA Investigates GM Airbag Failures After 15 Complaints, 8 Injuries Reported

In April 2021, federal safety officials began investigating reports of airbag failures on around 750,000 GM vehicles, according to the Associated Press. The vehicles are Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC vehicles from the 2020 and 2021 model-years.

There were 15 complaints of airbag malfunctions, resulting in 6 crashes with 8 injuries. “Six crash incidents have significant frontal collision damage where driver frontal air bags failed to deploy,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

GM warned dealerships about the problem back in March 2021, but did not issue a recall. According to the Service Bulletin, rust particles can accumulate on the driver’s airbag connection terminal, which could stop the airbags from inflating in an accident.

The investigation covers Chevrolet Silverado pickups, GMC Sierra pickups, Chevy Tahoe and Suburban SUVs, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade SUVs, Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans, and XT4 SUVs.

What is the Problem?

Airbags can fail for a number of reasons, such as defects in the vehicle or the airbag itself. When airbags fail, the consequences are often life-threatening injuries or death. The occupants can hit the steering wheel, windshield, dashboard, roof, interior and windows.

Reasons Why Airbags Fail to Deploy in Auto Accidents

  • The type of accident: Because airbags themselves can cause injuries, they are only supposed to deploy after moderate-to-severe auto accidents — not fender-benders or bumping a curb, for example. But in some scenarios, airbags might fail to deploy in severe accidents, including rollovers, some side-impact collisions, rear-end collisions, and accidents involving multiple collisions (such as hitting a curb before hitting a tree).
  • Airbag sensor problems: Airbags will only work if the sensors correctly detect that the vehicle has hit a solid object. In addition, the sensors must be able to correctly signal that the impact was severe enough to meet the firing threshold.
  • Airbags automatically turn off for child or small adults: In some modern vehicles, airbags for the front passenger seat will sense the weight of the person in the seat and automatically turn off the airbag if there is a child or small-statured adult in the seat.
  • Software malfunctions: The vehicle’s software must be calibrated properly to determine when airbags should go off. This can get tricky when the vehicle is involved in accidents involving multiple collisions.
  • Electrical problems: Airbags can fail to deploy if there are electrical problems between the sensors and the airbag system. This is sometimes due to faulty clock springs in the steering column.
  • Vehicle is defectively designed: Some vehicles are prone to airbag failures because the car is poorly designed, with critical wires routed through parts of the car that are easily damaged in an accident.:
  • Airbag itself is defective: Airbag manufacturers might be responsible for an airbag failure due to poor quality control, defectively designed airbags, and manufacturing errors.
  • Airbag was not replaced after a previous accident: When you buy a used car, it is essential to determine if the airbags were replaced if the car has been in an accident. Used car dealerships are usually responsible for double-checking this before selling the vehicle.

Can I File a Lawsuit for Airbag Failures?

Yes. If you or a loved one were injured in a GM vehicle because the airbags failed to deploy when they should have, you may be able to file a lawsuit against GM, the airbag manufacturer, and others — such as the dealership that sold you the vehicle, or the previous owner.

GM Vehicles — Make & Model-Years

Cadillac

    • Escalade (1998-2000, 2002-2006, 2007-2014)
    • Escalade ESV (2007-2014)
    • Escalade Hybrid (2009-2013)
    • SRX (2004-2009, 2010-2014)

GMC

    • Yukon (1999-2014)
    • Yukon XL (2000-2014)
    • Envoy (1998-2000, 2002-2009)
    • Acadia (2007-2014)
    • Terrain (2010-2014)

Chevrolet

    • Tracker (1999-2004)
    • Suburban (1999, 2000-2006, 2007-2014)
    • Blazer (1999-2005)
    • TrailBlazer (2001-2009)
    • Traverse (2008-2014)
    • Silverado (1998-2014)
    • Tahoe (1994-2014)
    • Equinox (2004-2014)
    • Trax (2015-2014)
    • GMT800 Heavy Duty Truck (2000-2007)
    • C1500 and K1500 (1999-2000)
    • Sierra (1999-2000)
    • Astro (1999-2005)

Buick

    • Encore (2012-2014)
    • Enclave (2008-2014)
    • Rainier (2004-2014)

Isuzu

    • Trooper (1999-2002)
    • Amigo and Rodeo (1998-2004)
    • VehiCROSS (1999-2001)
    • Axiom (2001-2004)
    • Ascender (2002-2008)
    • H-Series (2003-2014)

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