Injury lawyers at Sette Law want Stockton owners of GM’s Chevy Cruze to quickly respond to the June 28 recall of the 2013-2014 models due to airbag defects. This GM recall is not connected to earlier recalls that also involved defective airbags, according to our Stockton car accident lawyers. Takata Corp., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of automobile safety systems, made the Cruze airbags which can explode with meteoric force that sends shrapnel flying and prevents the bag from inflating. Our Stockton personal injury attorneys report that an accident in Georgia brought the defect into the spotlight:
Brandi Owens experienced a moderate car collision at an intersection, activating the Cruze airbags. The explosive force expelled fragments of metal and sent the airbag flying into Ms Owen’s back seat. A shred of the flying metal pierced her eye and caused blindness. Stockton injury lawyers point out the crash happened at a low rate of speed that should not have, in fact, caused the airbags to activate at all.
The NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) is an objective resource used by Stockton car accident attorneys at Sette Law to get unbiased and verified information. After giving the Cruze a 5-start rating for front, side and roll over crashes in 2013, the NHTSA acknowledged the incorrect Takata part "which can result in the inflator rupturing during deployment and can lead to metal fragments striking occupants and no inflation of the air bag." In Stockton, our injury lawyers reference NHTSA findings to substantiate defect claims. We know that pursuing defect claims against global companies can be overwhelming for drivers in Stockton. Our car accident lawyers, however, are experienced in managing major personal injury cases.
Our Stockton injury attorneys report that Takata side airbags in the 2013-2014 Cruze sedans have faulty inflation mechanisms. The car maker says that airbag inflators will be replaced by dealerships in Stockton. Sette car accident lawyers, however, report complaints from Cruze owners about parts being unavailable as late as July. About 29,000 vehicles are involved in the recall, including cars driven by owners in Stockton. Our car accident lawyers also point out a previous Cruze recall in March of 2013-2014 models for defects to a front axle shaft. Owners can call Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 for information. Our Stockton injury attorneys continue to monitor developments with this troubling recall.