ZF-TRW Air Bag Failure Class Action Lawsuit

Sauder Schelkopf filed a class action lawsuit against ZF-TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., TRW Automotive U.S. LLC, FCA US LLC, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.  As reported by the Wall Street Journal, “[f]ederal safety regulators are expanding an investigation into faulty air bags to encompass 12.3 million vehicles on concerns that an electrical-system issue may prevent them from deploying in a crash.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s probe is reportedly focused on certain vehicles produced over the last decade by:

  • Toyota Motor Corp.
  • Honda Motor Co.
  • Kia Motors Corp.
  • Hyundai Motor Co.
  • Mitsubishi Corp. and
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

“The vehicles are equipped with air-bag control systems supplied by ZF-TRW, according to documents from NHTSA. ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a German auto-parts maker, bought Michigan-based TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. in 2015. The air-bag units are designed to sense a vehicle crash and determine whether to deploy the bag. A crash could potentially produce electrical signals that can disable the unit and prevent air-bag deployment, NHTSA said in its report.

According to the Associated Press, “[v]ehicles made by Toyota, Honda, Kia, Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Fiat Chrysler from the 2010 through 2019 model years are included in the probe, which was revealed [April 23, 2019] in documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It involves airbag control units made by ZF-TRW that were installed in the vehicles.

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