RECALL GM Chevy Cruze

THE LAW OFFICES OF THOMAS P. WILLINGHAM, P.C.

FILE LAWSUIT THAT LEADS TO GM RECALL

The Law Offices of Thomas P. Willingham, P.C. filed the lawsuit, on behalf of Brandi Owens, that led GM to recall the 2013-2014 Chevy Cruze for exploding airbags. The lawsuit, filed in April of 2014 in Federal Court in Atlanta, GA claims the vehicle and the driver-side air bag were " defective and unreasonably dangerous," citing a problem all too familiar to both GM and Takata- air bag inflators that explode with too much force shooting shards of metal into the passenger compartment of the vehicle.

After a preliminary investigation by GM, which included an inspection of the Owens vehicle on June 7, GM decided to conduct a safety recall on about 33,000 of the 2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruze sedans in North America for defective airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation and announced the recall to the public on June 26, 2014. According to communications between General Motor's Field Product Investigations & Evaluations department and the Associate Administrator for Enforcement of the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Takata Corporation conducted an analysis on several inflators shipped to them by GM from June 11 through the 19th.

The Owens accident occurred in stop-and-go traffic on GA 400 in Forsyth County, GA, when at a very low speed Ms. Owens' 2013 Chevrolet Cruze barely bumped the vehicle in front of her. Ms. Owens' air bag deployed, exploding with such force that it detached completely from the steering wheel shooting metal shards from the airbag which struck her in the face, causing her left eye to rupture and leaving her permanently and completely blind in that eye. The Motor Vehicle Accident Report filed by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office noted that "both vehicles involved in the accident had minor physical damage" and "the air bag was in the backseat" of Ms. Owens' Chevrolet Cruze.

Citing a problem that has dogged Takata for several years, the lawsuit claims that the Takata airbag should not have deployed in this situation and when it did deploy the inflators were "over-powered and exploded." Takata currently faces a growing number of recalls for air bags deemed at risk of exploding and shooting metal shrapnel at drivers and passengers. The problem spans at least seven different automakers and over 1 million vehicles.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Thomas P. Willingham, P.C. have the experience to represent victims injured by defective airbags and make sure that you are properly compensated for your loss. We have attorneys licensed to practice in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi and we have handled cases across the United States bringing them to successful resolutions and recovering millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed as a result of a defective airbag call the Law Offices of Thomas P. Willingham, P.C. We have had great success in getting favorable settlements for clients who were injured or have lost a loved one because of a malfunctioning airbag. Call us at 800-639-9470 or send us an email to schedule your free initial appointment. All cases are taken on a contingency basis so you do not pay a fee unless your case resolves successfully.

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