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Vehicles Recalled Due To Defective Airbags

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Detroit, MIWhen people buy vehicles, they expect that safety features such as side airbags will work as expected, because when cars have defective airbags, passengers in the vehicle can suffer serious injuries. Unfortunately, airbag failure can and does happen, putting the health and safety of people in the defective vehicle at risk.

In November, General Motors announced it was recalling certain 2012 Chevrolet Cruze and Sonic and Buick Verano cars because of potential problems with the driver's side front airbags. According to The Washington Post, (11/14/12) just over 2,700 cars are believed to be affected by the recall. The issue is that the shorting bar may contact the primary stage airbag terminals, which can result in the airbag failing to deploy in a crash.

Failure to deploy can cause serious injury to the driver of the vehicle, who may come into contact with the steering wheel in an accident, causing traumatic brain injuries, whiplash and other head and spinal injuries.

Chrysler also announced a recall in November following concerns about airbags deploying unexpectedly. CNNMoney (11/9/12) reports that Chrysler recalled more than 900,000 Jeeps because the front and side airbags could deploy at any time while the vehicle was in operation, but without a crash. When it made the announcement, Chrysler said there were no accidents caused by the airbag deploying but there were 215 reports of airbags deploying unnecessarily, with approximately 80 minor injuries.

Included in the recall are certain 2002 and 2003 Jeep Liberty vehicles and 2002 to 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen recalled almost 2,800 Beetles in November, also due to an airbag problem. In this case, problems with the occupant control module meant the device might not recognize that a child restraint was installed in the seat, meaning the airbag could deploy even with a child in that seat. Airbags, because they deploy with a great deal of force, can cause serious injury to a child or infant, which is why they are designed to not deploy with children or infants in the seat. The recall affects 2012 and 2013 Volkswagen Beetles with leather sports seats, according to the New York Daily News (11/20/12).

When they work properly, airbags are vital to maintaining the safety of passengers in a vehicle. When they fail to work—either by deploying unexpectedly or by failing to deploy when they should—defective airbags can cause serious, permanent injury to the people they were meant to protect.

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I just sat in my car started the motor and pow.I didn't have a clue what happened.Next thing I know is powder floating in the air helk I thought i was shot but know just my air bag in my seat.. who would have expected.not me ...

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I have been contacting Jeep dealers since the end of 2009 when our airbag light and bell started going off. They keep telling me that the part isn't made yet and don't have any idea when it will be made. This is a safety issue and SHOULD be replaced immediately. Can you help. Is there a class action suit for this problem?

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