Keller Rohrback L.L.P., a leading consumer law firm, is investigating a potential class action involving Continental Automotive Systems (CON:GR), the German supplier that manufactures electronic components that control airbags in numerous vehicles. Continental has allegedly been aware of a defect in certain units since early 2008, according to a filing with federal safety regulators that was made public on February 4, 2016.
“CONSUMERS ARE UNDERSTANDABLY OUTRAGED THAT THE VERY SAFETY DEVICE THAT IS MEANT TO PROTECT THEM MAY NOT WORK AND MAY ACTUALLY ENDANGER THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES.”
Allegedly, semiconductors inside the component parts of the affected airbags can corrode, causing the airbags to deploy unexpectedly or fail to deploy at all.
According to the New York Times, automakers have linked at least nine injuries to this defect.
The affected models may include the following vehicles:
2009 Dodge Journey crossovers
2008-2009 Dodge Grand Caravan minivans
2008-2009 Chrysler Town & Country minivans
2008-2009 Mercedes C-class
2010 Mercedes GLK350
Reports indicate that certain vehicles manufactured by Mazda and Volvo trucks may also be affected.
“Consumers are understandably outraged that the very safety device that is meant to protect them may not work and may actually endanger them and their families.” said Gretchen Freeman Cappio, a partner at Keller Rohrback.
If you or a family member owns or leases any of the potentially affected vehicles described above, or if you are concerned that your vehicle may be affected and have questions, please call attorneys Dean Kawamoto, Gretchen Freeman Cappio, or Derek Loeser at (800) 776-6044 or via email at email@example.com to discuss our investigation and your potential claims.
With offices in Seattle, Phoenix, New York, Ronan, Oakland, and Santa Barbara, Keller Rohrback L.L.P. serves as lead and co-lead counsel in class actions throughout the country. Our Complex Litigation Group is proud to offer its expertise to clients nationwide, and our trial lawyers have obtained judgments and settlements on behalf of clients in excess of seven billion dollars.