The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating the failure of side air bags to inflate during accidents in various manufacturers' vehicles. To date, more than 2,700 Toyota, Honda, Subaru and Nissan vehicles have been recalled because of an ineffective mixture of the gas that inflates the side curtain air bags in a crash. The recalled vehicles include 2011 Toyota Rav-4s, 2012 Honda Accords, Civics, Crosstours , 2012 Acura MDXs, 2012 Subaru Legacy and Outback cars and 2012 Nissan Altimas and Versas.
The Americas unit of Swedish safety parts maker Autoliv Inc. made the inflators for the air bags. In addition to Toyota, Honda, Subaru and Nissan, the parts went to Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Kia Motors America and Suzuki Motor Corp. Some of these vehicles may be recalled once the study is complete.
At Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP, we have handled defective air bag cases in the past. In fact, we have a current lawsuit pending against the safety parts maker Autoliv Inc. If you think you have a case in which an air bag was potentially defective, please contact us.