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Wrongful deaths happen due to air bag recalls

On Behalf of | May 23, 2014 | Wrongful Death |

If you’re facing the loss of your loved one, you may need to discuss your options concerning compensation. In wrongful death cases, it’s sometimes possible to seek compensation for medical bills and other needs, as well as your own pain and suffering. Your case may be similar to those in this news story; according to the news, air bag defects causing auto recalls have reached over 2 million. That danger has led to people getting hurt or even dying in car accidents.

According to this story, air bags have been causing issues in some General Motors vehicles. They reportedly did not open when a crash took place, and that has been linked to 13 deaths. In another case, Ford reported having software that had bugs that could delay air bags from deploying when a car rolls over.

In March, Nissan had discovered a similar issue. The company had to recall almost 1 million cars when it was discovered that the software could think that the passenger seat was empty. This could lead to an air bag failure that could result in no air bag deploying in the most vital of situations.

In April 2014, the Center for Auto Safety asked the NHTSA to investigate software problems in the 2003 through 2010 Chevy Impalas. In those cases, it was believed that the software problem could lead to the misreading of a passenger’s weight, and that could lead to inoperative air bags. In the case of the Impalas, at least 143 people were killed in frontal crashes. This has been linked to the fact that the air bags did not deploy as required, so the passengers and driver were not protected. Despite all these recent issues, the news reports that approximately 37,000 lives have been saved by air bags from 1986 through 2012.

Source: Newsday, “Auto recalls related to air bag defects top 2 million” No author given, May. 20, 2014



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