A class-action lawsuit was initiated with General Motors by four plaintiffs in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New Jersey concerning allegedly defective airbags and seatbelt pretensioners in a range of its automobiles.
According to the class action suit that was published through the Car Complaints in the last week, thousands were injured or killed as a result of the defective seatbelt pretensioners and airbags in a variety of GM automobiles.
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The issue is believed to be due to a malfunctioning Sensing and Diagnostic Module (SDM) which is used to inform the car whether to activate airbags during the collision and also activate the seatbelt pretensioners.
The SDMs are believed to fail when a crash has at least two separate collisions lasting more than 45 milliseconds.
The essence of the class-action suit is this:
"The class vehicles" refer to all vehicles within the United States, including but not only General Motors trucks and SUVs that have SDM System Defects.
SDM System Defect that was either (1) produced and sold, distributed, or contracted from General Motors; or (2) produced and distributed, sold, or lease through Old GM and purchased or the lease of a Plaintiff or an individual member of the Class after the 10th of July, 2009 which includes but not limited General Motors trucks and SUVs."
GM acknowledges the SDM issues, but it is unable to address them due to recall costs The suit claims. In this lawsuit, they are seeking GM to announce a recall on all affected vehicles in order to fix or substitute the SDM on the affected vehicles or purchase back the affected vehicles.