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Newsome Melton Has Filed a Class-Action Lawsuit Against ARC Automotive, Inc. and Others

Newsome Melton Has Filed a Class-Action Lawsuit Against ARC Automotive, Inc. and Others

ARC Airbag Inflator Ruptures Linked to Multiple Incidents Involving Deaths and Severe Injury

Newsome Melton, along with several other firms, has filed a class-action lawsuit again ARC and several automakers to ensure that consumers are safe from allegedly defective airbags. That case was filed on May 24, 2022 in the Northern District of California. The lawsuit includes the following defendants: ARC Automotive Inc., General Motors, Volkswagen, and Ford. We know that the alleged defect in the ARC inflators has been linked to at least seven incidents. Two incidents are reported to have caused the deaths of the drivers involved. Three other incidents are reported to have resulted in serious physical injuries to two drivers and a passenger. It’s not yet clear whether the other incidents resulted in injury or death.

Can I join the airbag inflator lawsuit?

You may be able to join the class action lawsuit if you purchased a vehicle manufactured by one of the defendants listed above. Whether you can or not will depend on whether your particular make and model was equipped with ARC inflators. So far, our team has been able to identify certain makes and models as having those inflators, but we continue to add to the list as our investigation uncovers more information. Please give us a call at 888-541-0000 if you would like to talk about whether you may qualify for the class action lawsuit. We are always happy to consult with you, free of charge.

What if I or a loved one have been hurt or killed by an airbag inflator rupture?

Too often, injuries like those reportedly suffered in the ARC incidents go undetected and unreported because people do not expect an airbag to shoot metal shrapnel. That’s why it’s critical for people to be on the lookout for odd things one would not expect to find after a crash—like pieces of metal being embedded in the necks, faces, torsos, arms, or legs of the driver or passenger, as well as holes in the airbag cushion or pieces of the inflator canister located in the vehicle’s cabin.

If you or a loved one were injured by shrapnel or other unexpected circumstances, we can help you investigate whether you may have a personal injury or wrongful death claim. These claims are different from the class action. Personal injury and wrongful death claims are resolved on an individual rather than class-wide basis, with the goal being to obtain monetary compensation for:

  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages
  • Lost Earnings Potential
  • Loss of consortium (i.e., negative impacts on a marriage or relationships between other relatives, depending on the jurisdiction), and
  • Pain and suffering

    Please give us a call at 888-541-0000 if you, a loved one, or a client has suffered harm in an automobile crash that you think could have been caused by a product defect. We will review the case with you, free of charge, and give you our opinion as to the strength of the case. If we decide to move forward, we will pursue the case on a contingency fee basis—meaning no attorney’s fees or costs will be owed unless and until we obtain money from the defendant.

Millions of Recalled Takata Airbags are Still on the Road

Millions of Recalled Takata Airbags are Still on the Road

Takata started using ammonium nitrate, a cheap but highly volatile chemical, to inflate its airbags in the late 1990s. Just a few years later some of those airbags began shooting metal shrapnel at people—and causing serious injuries and deaths. The airbag defect remained largely hidden for over a decade through confidential settlements. That changed in […]

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More deadly truck crashes to come?

More deadly truck crashes to come?

A Colorado judge recently sentenced a truck driver to 110 years in prison for a crash that killed four people. The sentence ignited controversy. The media focused on the length of the sentence and reforms for mandatory minimums. But there’s another big picture problem here: trucking company negligence. And it appears this problem is only […]

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The Takata Airbag Defect: What Florida’s Consumer Advocates Need to Know. – William C. Ourand, Esq.

The Takata Airbag Defect: What Florida’s Consumer Advocates Need to Know. – William C. Ourand, Esq.

Florida is the “epicenter” of the Takata airbag debacle which has resulted in the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. Unfortunately, all signs indicate that the severe injuries and deaths will continue into the foreseeable future. The roadways remain flooded with millions of vehicles which may still be equipped with the potentially lethal airbags. Moreover, […]

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Hyundai and Kia Recall More than 269,000 Vehicles Due to Safety Concerns

Hyundai and Kia Recall More than 269,000 Vehicles Due to Safety Concerns

One large recall that stands out this year is when Hyundai and Kia, which are owned by the same South Korean company, recalled an estimated combined 1.8 million vehicles due to issues with the electrical and airbag systems. The problems could have caused serious injuries for drivers, passengers and even pedestrians. Hyundai and Kia are now issuing a few new recalls this week.

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Honda Recalls Over 43,000 Fit Models Due To Stability Control Issues

Honda Recalls Over 43,000 Fit Models Due To Stability Control Issues

Last year, Honda was second only to Toyota in the number of recalls in the United States, and the Japanese manufacturer seems to be continuing that trend this year.  Since the beginning of April, Honda has issued recalls for over 700,000 vehicles, including their recent recall for over 200,000 vehicles to fix a gear-shift mechanism that could accidentally shift the vehicle into drive without pressing the brake pedal.  With another major recall issued this past Frida

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BMW Vehicles Now Linked To Massive Airbag Recall

BMW Vehicles Now Linked To Massive Airbag Recall

Last week, some of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers announced a collective recall of more than 3 million vehicles because of a problem that focuses on widely and commonly used airbags that have been linked to the Japan-based Takata Corporation. The problem is that these airbags may potentially deploy with too much pressure and fire shrapnel outward into the driver’s body.

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