Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.9 million vehicles over airbag safety defect linked to three deaths, five injuries

by Michael Heygood

Fiat Chrysler recently announced that it was recalling 1.9 million vehicles worldwide due to an airbag defect. The automaker said that the defective airbags had been linked to at least three deaths and five cases of injury.

The 1.9 million vehicles worldwide involved in the Chrysler airbag recall include about 1.4 million vehicles sold in the U.S. All of the recalled U.S. models were sold between 2010 and 2014. The recalled vehicles include the Chrysler Sebring, Chrysler 200, Dodge Caliber, Dodge Avenger, Jeep Patriot, and Jeep Compass for the affected model years.

According to Chrysler, airbags on the recalled vehicles may not inflate in the event of a crash, putting drivers and passengers at risk of injury. The automakers also said that seatbelt pretensioners – which tighten seatbelts in the event of a crash – may also fail to function properly.

Chrysler says that the airbag problem with the recalled vehicles occurs when cars with a certain type of control module and front impact sensor are involved in certain types of collisions. The automaker says that when these accidents occur, a software defect in the module that controls deployment of the vehicle’s air bag may prevent frontal air bags from being deployed. Chrysler says that it no longer uses the occupant restraint controllers or wire routing design involved in the recall.

Fiat Chrysler’s caution in recalling the affected vehicles stems in part from a rash of airbag-related recalls affecting the auto industry in recent years. Honda, Toyota, and other automakers have recalled more than 64 million vehicles equipped with airbags made by Takata, which have been linked to at least 10 deaths caused by accidental airbag explosions. General Motors recently announced that it would recall about 4.3 million vehicles with a software problem that could cause airbag malfunctions.

Injured In a Car Accident? Problems with Vehicle Crashworthiness May Be to Blame.

If you or a loved one were injured in an auto accident, your injuries may have been caused or worsened because the safety components in your vehicle were defectively designed or manufactured. This is referred to as “crashworthiness.” Crashworthiness may include several aspects of a vehicle’s design and manufacturing, including seat belts, crumple zones, airbags, or other safety features.

Lawsuits filed over the crashworthiness of an automobile focus on whether or not the vehicle’s manufacturer is responsible for injuries that occurred during a crash because the injuries may have been caused or made worse by problems with the car or truck. In order to learn more about whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit, it is important to speak with a law firm whose attorneys have the experience in cases involving vehicle crashworthiness to advise you regarding your legal rights.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have the legal expertise to pursue product liability or personal injury claims against any vehicle or auto parts manufacturers whose defective products are the cause of injuries or deaths. Heygood, Orr & Pearson has the financial resources to handle even the most complex auto accident and product cases from beginning to end. In many instances, our firm has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in a case in order to take it to trial on behalf of our clients. Our attorneys are committed to achieving justice for our clients, whatever the cost.

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by Michael Heygood

Michael Heygood is a licensed attorney and partner at HO&P who focuses on insurance and corporate litigation, and other civil arenas. Michael has been named multiple times to the Super Lawyers List.