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The Latest Airbag Lawsuit Against General Motors

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General Motors (GM) has been one of the many vehicle manufacturers in the past few years to face an airbag issue. GM has been in some legal trouble from dissatisfied customers who have taken GM to court, representing an airbag recall lawsuit that alleges that GM omitted information about dangerous airbag designs, meaning airbags could explode without warning and hurt passengers severely. For more information about this current scandal, take a look at the post below.

Introduction of the article

The General Motors Corporation has been hit with a lawsuit alleging. That the company’s airbag defects are responsible for the death of a Texas woman. The plaintiff, Brooke Tucker, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors in March 2019. Tucker’s husband, Jeremy Tucker, was driving the family car when his airbag activated and killed her. Brooke Tucker alleged that GM’s defective airbags were responsible for her death. 

According to The Guardian, the Tucker family is one of 44 families who have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors. Lawyers for these families reportedly said that “falsely deploying an airbag can result in serious injury or even death”. 

General Motors has been hit with multiple lawsuits over its defective airbags, and the company has admitted that there are “deficiencies” with its airbags. In 2018, GM was ordered to pay $900 million to victims of its defective ignition switches.

GM Airbag Lawsuit: GM is accused of hiding the airbags in their cars

General Motors is facing a new airbag lawsuit, this time from individuals who allege that the company concealed the airbags in their cars. The suit specifically names the GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Impala, and Cadillac CTS as models affected. 

Some of these cars were already recalled for faulty airbags, but GM only admitted to the problem in March. This latest lawsuit alleges that GM concealed the defect from customers and attempted to cover it up.

According to The Huffington Post, “In Alabama … plaintiffs say they noticed problems with the airbags on their 2009 Cadillac CTS … when service was done on [the vehicle] after it had a recall campaign check by General Motors.” 

The issue is not unique to General Motors. In March of this year, Toyota was also hit with a lawsuit over defective Takata airbags. Both companies are being accused of hiding the defects from customers and attempting to cover them up.

What happened with this airbag lawsuit?

This is a lawsuit against General Motors, filed in federal court in Michigan on November 21st. The plaintiffs are members of the Class of 2008 who bought or leased a car with an unintentional deployment airbag recalled prior to May 2007. GM has admitted that some 2002-2004 Cobalt and 2003 Saturn’s have the defect and is offering a voluntary remedy.

In 2007, GM knew about the defect and declined to participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) campaign to remind consumers that their cars might have the airbags. NHTSA released an inspector general report investigating GM’s response to the airbag issue. The report found that GM was slow to recall vehicles, failed to provide truthful information to safety regulators, and misled Congress about its actions.

The lawsuit alleges violation of state consumer protection laws, negligence, fraud, and conspiracy. Plaintiffs are seeking compensatory damages for injuries including pain and suffering, lost wages and benefits, and physical impairment. The case is scheduled for trial in November 2013.

How many people have been injured because of exploding airbags?

About 1,000 people have been injured because of exploding airbags as a result of General Motors’ defective design. The defects include the inflators, which can overheat and cause them to start exploding.

General Motors faces at least 13 lawsuits from people who have been injured in airbag-related accidents. Some of these lawsuits are proceeding to trial, while others have been settled.

The recall covered more than 8 million vehicles worldwide. GM has also received dozens of reports of inflators in other vehicles, including Buick Lacrosse, Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Malibu, Impala, Sonic LT and Traverse models. All of these vehicles are included in the ongoing recalls announced by Toyota earlier this year.

1,000 people have been injured because of exploding airbags as a result of General Motors’ defective design. GM faces at least 13 lawsuits from people who have been injured in airbag-related accidents.

Conclusion

According to recent reports, General Motors is being sued for allegedly violating the state of California’s Airbag Law. The suit alleges that GM failed to properly warn consumers about the dangers of not using their airbags, and further alleges that GM’s negligence caused property damage. This lawsuit comes on the heels of a similar lawsuit filed against Ford earlier this year.

 

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