Class action lawsuit alleges airbag control units fail and result in failed airbags.

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ZF TRW Canada Airbag Lawsuit Filed In Quebec
Class action lawsuit alleges airbag control units fail and result in failed airbags.

— A ZF TRW Canada airbag lawsuit has been filed against the airbag company and these automakers: Kia Canada, Hyundai Auto Canada, Toyota Canada, Honda Canada, FCA Canada and Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada.

The class action lawsuit includes all entities and consumers in Quebec who purchased or leased any of these vehicles equipped with ZF TRW airbag control units.

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  • 2013-2017 Mitsubishi Lancer
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The ZF TRW airbag system contains an airbag control unit (ACU) located in the passenger compartment and electrically connected to crash sensors located at the front of the vehicle. The ACU determines whether the airbags and seat belt pretensioners should deploy in a crash.

The crash detection system also has an "application-specific integrated circuit" (ASIC) that will detect the severity of a crash, deploy the airbags if necessary and engage the seat belt pretensioners. That is, if the integrated circuits aren't defective.

But the class action says they are defective because they are susceptible to electrical overstress which allows excess electrical signals created during the crash to overload the application-specific integrated circuits and prevent the deployment of the airbags and the seat belt pretensioners.

The ZF TRW airbag control unit is supposed to have wiring and circuitry that prevents the transmission of harmful signals that may damage the ASIC, but the lawsuit alleges the vehicles don't have enough protection.

Transport Canada has issued recalls for some of the vehicles, but the class action alleges all the affected vehicles haven't been recalled. The previous recalls include a Chrysler recall in 2016, and Hyundai and Kia recalls in 2018.

The ZF TRW Canada airbag lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of the Province of Quebec, District of Montreal - J. Jonassohn v. ZF Automotive Holdings Corp., et al.

The plaintiff is represented by Consumer Law Group Inc.


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