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Airbag Defect Lawsuits
Concerned about an Airbag Defect?

Airbags are critical to the safety of a vehicle's driver and passengers, but defects in these airbag safety systems can create hazardous and potentially life-threatening situations.

When an auto manufacturer is aware of a defect in its vehicle's safety system, it generally has a duty to address and correct that problem. When it fails to disclose a known problem, consumers have important legal rights to hold it accountable. Girard Gibbs LLP represents consumers in car & auto lawsuits involving airbag defects and related safety systems.

If you have a question about one of the cases below or would like to discuss a potential case with one of our auto lawyers, please complete the form to the right or call us toll-free at (866) 981-4800.

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Girard Gibbs represents consumers, investors, whistleblowers, employees, and businesses in cases involving consumer protection, personal injury, securities, antitrust, employment litigation and arbitration. The firm’s senior partners, Daniel Girard and Eric Gibbs, have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 and Northern California Super Lawyers, and have earned AV-Preeminent ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, recognizing them in the highest class of attorneys for professional ethics and legal skills.

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Summary

Owners of 2004-2006 Hyundai Elantras from across the country reported experiencing problems with their front airbags. Owners reported that the passenger airbags would sometimes fail to activate, leaving the passenger vulnerable to injury in the event of an accident.

Girard Gibbs filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 2004-2006 Hyundai Elantra owners and lessees in federal court in Los Angeles, California. The class action lawsuit alleged that Hyundai failed to warn owners of a known safety defect with the vehicles' airbag system. The lawsuit contended that Hyundai's failure to warn or repair these vehicles violated consumer protection and warranty laws.

Alleged Legal Violation(s)
Summary

Girard Gibbs filed a class action lawsuit against BMW in California Superior Court, Los Angeles County. The class action alleged that BMW failed inform its customers of a known problem in the seat occupation detection system and that by concealing the defect, BMW was able to sell and charge more for the vehicles than they would have otherwise. The lawsuit alleged that BMW's failure to fix this problem violated various consumer protection and warranty laws.

Judge Wendell Mortimer approved the class action settlement negotiated by Girard Gibbs, which provided BMW 5-Series owners with free seat occupation system repairs. In a statement concerning the settlement, the court said that "Class Counsel displayed skill in achieving a highly favorable result that confers significant benefits on a large number of people while addressing an issue of societal importance - public safety."

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