When consumers are in the market for a new or used vehicle, there are often several criteria they have in mind for their purchase. One of the most important considerations for most consumers is that a vehicle is equipped with reliable safety features. Unfortunately, some makes and models experience equipment failures, including a failure to deploy airbags, which can leave Kentucky consumers with serious injuries.

Over the last several years, almost every automaker was forced to issue recalls over defective Takata airbags. However, there is a new civil lawsuit against several automakers over an unrelated airbag issue. This one involves a defect in the airbag control unit (ACU), which is prone to failure in the event of a serious crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently investigating an estimated 15 crashes that involved a possible failure of this unit where the airbags failed to deploy in a crash.

One family has accused Kia Motor Company of neglecting to address the issue in the make and model of a vehicle their daughter was in that experienced this type of failure. According to the NHTSA, during a collision, the affected units are experiencing electrical signal overstress, which shuts the unit down. To date, the agency is aware of six similar incidents in Kia models, some of which included fatal injuries to passengers.

The NHTSA broadened its investigation and has determined that other makes of vehicles that utilized the potentially defective unit have also experienced a failure to deploy airbags during a wreck. While some automakers have already issued recalls to address the issue, a civil suit asserts that the public is still at risk. Kentucky residents who have suffered a serious injury or sustained significant monetary damages due to a defective automobile may pursue recovery of their damages through the civil justice system.