BMW Defective Airbag Lawsuit

Have you ever driven a BMW where the airbags deploy on their own? If so, you may be eligible for joining a class action lawsuit if you or a loved one have been injured by a defective airbag. A Washington state couple is leading the class action lawsuit after the airbags on the 2000 BMW 323i deployed without warning. The driver was seriously injured. Dori Richardson was driving her BMW in February on a clear roadway with no bumps or potholes when the driver’s side airbags inflated. Richardson suffered “serious internal, orthopedic and head injuries, from which she has not fully recovered” says the complaint. This is not the first time the luxury automaker has had problems with airbags. In 2002, BMW recalled and 1999 and 2000 3-Series models warning the airbag could deploy when they hit potholes or curbs at substantial speed. The solution was to recalibrate the central air bag control.

200,000 cars were recalled by BMW in August 2008 for the opposite reason – the front passenger airbag did not deploy even in a severe accident. An updated sensor was added to the passenger seat. The problem comes from a design defect and seeks economic damages and non-economic damages in an amount to be determined at trial. Among other things, the lawsuit seeks loss of consortium and companionship on behalf of Richardson’s husband. Consumer Affairs has a list of contributors who talk about the problems they have experienced with the BMWs. Florida car liability lawyers know that if you have had a problem with an airbag, you may have a potential defective product lawsuit against the manufacturer. Auto manufacturers are responsible for designing and creating vehicles that are safe and do not pose danger to innocent motorists.

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