Richard Taylor is seeking personal injury compensation from General Motors
LLC and driver Angela Carrell. Taylor contends that the 2006 Cadillac
CTS that he was riding in had a defective air bag on the front passenger
side that failed to deploy during a car crash. He says that as a result,
he sustained injuries to his neck and back, as well as head lacerations.
GM has recalled the vehicle.
According to Taylor’s auto products liability lawsuit, Carrell,
who was driving the Cadillac, lost control of the vehicle, causing it
to violently strike a metal guardrail. Yet despite the severity of the
collision, the front passenger air bag did not deploy, failing to protect him.
Taylor claims that General Motors did not properly inform Carrell that
the Cadillac had an air bag defect or advise the authorized dealership
to fix the problem. He also contends that the automaker made and distributed
the car without remedying the safety issue.
Air Bag Defects
Air bag defect lawsuits usually involve air bags that fail to deploy,
those that deploy but not in time to prevent a vehicle occupant from getting
hurt, air bags that deploy but with too much force, or air bags that go
off accidentally. These defects can cause serious injuries—even
death—while depriving vehicle occupants of the necessary protections
that they need during a collision. Auto manufacturers should be held liable
for any defect that places someone’s safety at risk.
It can be tough to identify what type of safety issue caused your air
bag problem. This is why you need to work with an experienced auto products
liability law firm that knows how to comprehend “black box”
data and the physical evidence from the crash, as well as work with the
proper reconstruction experts.
Suit against GM claims air bag failed to deploy , SETexasRecord, May 2, 2011
Related Web Resources: Air Bags, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Q & A Airbags, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety