US Investigating Possible Air Bag Failures in GM Vehicles

After receiving multiple complaints about airbags in certain GM vehicles not inflating in crashes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating the problem. Nearly 750,000 vehicles could be affected by this problem, putting motorists at risk of severe injuries if they are involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. is committed to helping individuals who are harmed by defective products, including airbags or other vehicle defects. Our zealous legal advocacy has led to several significant results, including:

  • A $55.3 million verdict by a Philadelphia jury to an individual who developed quadriplegia after a Honda seatbelt failed to prevent his head from striking the vehicle’s roof
  • $6.8 million recovery for the family of an 8-year-old boy who was killed after a tractor-trailer hit the van the boy was traveling in and the van’s liftgate latch failed upon impact and opened the rear gate
  • $3.9 million recovery in an auto defect case against Toyota

Our team is ready to help individuals injured by defective airbags or other auto defects. Here is what we know about the latest GM airbag problem and how we can help.

About the Problem

The NHTSA says that GM previously issued a service bulletin to car dealers in March 2021 about the problem, but there has not yet been a recall. The bulletin stated that rust particles can accumulate on the driver’s airbag connection terminal, causing the airbag malfunction indicator to light up and possibly preventing the airbags from inflating. The NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation has opened a preliminary investigation to determine the scope and severity of the problem and to “fully assess the potential safety-related issues.” The agency reports that it has received 15 complaints of airbag malfunctions, including six crashes with eight reported injuries. It also has eight field reports about the problem.

What Vehicles Are Involved?

The issue involves approximately 749,312 GMC, Chevrolet, and Cadillac vehicles from 2020 and 2021 model years, most of which are full-size pickup trucks or SUVs. The NHTSA investigation affects:

  • Chevrolet Silverados
  • Chevrolet Suburbans
  • Chevrolet Tahoes
  • GMC Sierra pickups
  • GMC Yukons
  • Cadillac Escalades
  • Cadillac CT4 sedans
  • Cadillac CT5 sedans
  • Cadillac XT4 SUVs

Other Notable Airbag Issue Cases

The General Motors airbag problem is only one of the recent issues involving airbag malfunctions. In February 2021, GM issued an airbag recall on 5.9 million trucks and SUVs, according to Consumer Reports. The vehicles contained notoriously faulty Takata airbags, which have caused at least 25 deaths and 300 injuries. The Takata airbag crisis has affected at least 19 automakers and millions of vehicles worldwide. Honda recalled 12.9 million Honda and Acura vehicles due to the airbag inflator problems that it warned could “KILL or seriously injure” the owner of the vehicle and passengers.

Toyota recalled 2.27 million vehicles after finding a defect that could result in airbags failing to deploy and also posing a fire risk. More recently, Toyota recalled Venzas because damaged wires in the vehicles could cause side airbags to fail to deploy, according to Consumer Reports.

How Our Legal Team Can Help with Your Injury

If an airbag defect or other auto defect injured you, the experienced trial attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. can thoroughly investigate your case and identify evidence to support your right to recovery. We can demand the production of certain documents that may establish the auto company was aware of the problem but failed to do anything to correct it.

Contact us today to get started on your path to recovery.