Faulty Air Bags in Chevrolet Cruze
General Motors (GM) is in the news again, this time for faulty airbags. The company is currently halting sales on the popular Chevrolet Cruze sedan, due to problems with the air bags. According to the New York Times, GM reports that about 33,000 Cruzes could have the faulty Takata airbag. Because this news follows on the heels of the Chevy Cobalt ignition-switch scandal, the general public and customers are losing patience and trust in GM. GM hasn’t been prompt or forthcoming to the public where matters of public safety and their products are concerned.
Defective Takata Air Bags
The Cruzes aren’t the only cars being recalled. Automobiles made by Ford, Chrysler, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota, and BMW are currently under recall due to the defective Takata airbags. The Takata airbag, which is made in Japan, is the reason for this current halt on Cruze sales too. The problem with the airbags lies in the inflator. The incorrect part was used during manufacturing, and under the right circumstances, the inflator, which contains propellant, can explode.
The GM Spin
GM is quick to point out that the problem with the Cruze airbags is totally different than the problem with the other defective airbags, but consumers probably aren’t too concerned about GM’s side of the story after the Cobalt ignition-switch fiasco. This wouldn’t be the first time GM knew about a potentially hazardous problem and tried to sweep it under the rug. Although sales on the Chevy Cruze have been temporarily halted, GM spokesman Jim Cain said the company is still “discussing what to do about affected Cruzes that have already been sold.”
When to Call a Lawyer
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that limited regional recalls are being conducted for automobiles with Takata airbags. The NHTSA has also investigated six reports of airbag inflator ruptures, which all happened in Florida and Puerto Rico. Based on their limited research, they’re linking the potential danger to hot and humid conditions. If you or a loved one has been in an accident, where an airbag didn’t deploy properly or malfunctioned, contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away.