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Parents Allege Defective Grand Prix Airbag Caused Son’s Death

The parents of a Pennsylvania man who died when the driver side airbag inside his 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix failed to deploy in a fiery crash are suing General Motors and the dealership where the car was purchased. Plaintiffs Samuel and Catherine Gabriele filed the lawsuit in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas July 31, alleging GM and Faulkner Buick GMC of Feasterville, Pennsylvania, sold their son Stephen Gabriele a car with a defective airbag system. According to the Penn Record, the lawsuit states that Stephen Gabriele was driving his 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix south on West Philadelphia Ave. in ... Read More

Nissan recalls 25,000 vehicles for airbag defect

More than 25,000 Nissan vehicles are under recall for the risk improper airbag deployment. Certain 2015-2017 LEAF and 2014, 2015 and 2017 Sentra vehicles may have airbags that do not properly inflate due to a manufacturing error, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Any interference with a vehicle’s safety mechanisms increases the risk of injury or death in  an accident, and in this case, the air bag inflator may fail and put occupants at risk. Nissan North America Inc. will notify affected owners and instruct dealers to replace the front passenger airbag inflator free of charge. The recall ... Read More

Toyota expands Takata airbag recall; adds another six million vehicles worldwide

Nearly six million more Toyota vehicles are now under recall worldwide due to the infamous and ever-growing Takata airbag recall. The deadly defect within the Takata airbags has been linked to as many as 16 fatalities thus far, as well as several injuries. Toyota claims the latest Takata airbag recall spans across 1.4 million vehicles in Europe, 1.1 million in Japan and another 820,000 in China. All of the vehicles affected were manufactured from April 2006 through December 2014. Toyota is now responsible for recalling more than 23 million vehicles worldwide containing the defective airbags, including the following U.S. vehicles: ... Read More

Toyota recall announced after reports that side airbags could deploy from the roof; undisclosed injuries

Nearly 320,000 older model Toyota vehicles are now under recall due to the automaker’s discovery of an issue with the vehicle’s airbags. Toyota claims the defective side airbags may deploy from the roof during certain crashes. The following Toyota vehicles are included in this recall:  2003-06 Toyota Land Cruiser, 2004-06 4Runner, 2005-06 Tundra, 2005-06 Sequoia, 2003-06 Lexus LX 470 and 2004-06 Lexus GX 470. The side airbag defect stems from what Toyota refers to as “improper programming in the airbag control modules,” which could result in the airbags and seat belt pretensioners incorrectly triggering in specific situations once the vehicle ... Read More

Separate BMW recalls single out Mini Cooper, i-3 vehicles

German automaker BMW has announced two separate recalls related to issues with vehicle airbags and power steering. The first recall of the two BMW recalls impacts the 2014-16 two-door Mini Cooper and Cooper S, the 2015-16 two-door John Cooper Works version, the 2015-16 four-door Cooper and Cooper S, as well as the 2014-15 i3 hybrid vehicle – a total of approximately 6,073 U.S. cars. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these vehicles contain faulty passenger’s side front airbag modules due to a manufacturing issue related to the supplier. The issue was traced back to the airbag’s second ... Read More

Honda Fit recall announced due to airbag puncture problem

More than 25,000 Honda Fit vehicles are now under recall due to issues relating to the vehicles’ airbags and warning lights. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) claims that the rear grab-handle brackets may puncture the side-curtain airbag in the event of a crash, posing an injury hazard to unsuspecting occupants. “If the side curtain air bags are punctured upon deployment, the outboard seat occupants may be at a higher risk of injury during a crash,” NHTSA’s recall documents state. According to the Honda Fit recall, only the 2015-16 models of the Fit LX without sunroofs are affected by the ... Read More