Lexus Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over ES350 Airbags
August 1st, 2007 10:35 AM Share
Business Wire reports that the law firm of Sheldon J. Schlesinger, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida has hit Lexus and corporate parent Toyota with a class action lawsuit relating to the ES350's airbag sensors. According to Lexusdefect.com, "many owners have found that these sensors are intermittingly turning off thereby creating a situation where… the air bag would not deploy." The lawyers also maintain that "company spokespersons have stated that there is a problem, but they do not know how to fix it." Without citing any statistical evidence to support the allegation, they "believe that there is strong evidence this problem effects every single ES 350" and warn "if you have not experienced this defect, that does not mean it is not present." They aren't asking much– just for Lexus to recall and re-purchase the cars at their full cost, give full refunds to lessors and "compensatory damages for all costs and loss of value."
Published August 1st, 2007 10:31 AM
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I haven't heard a soul complain about this problem. In fact, before today I had never heard about this period. If this was true, then in my internet travels of sites far and wide I would have heard ES owners complaining about this, and likely an NHTSA investigation underway already. I concur that this is just another frivolous lawsuit.
But we're talking about a weight sensor in the passenger seat that determines whether the front passenger airbag is disabled (will not deploy) or is enabled (can deploy). This can't be as complicated as the "regular" sensors that must decide in a split second whether or not to deploy the applicable airbags.
It's just a pointless lawsuit like most of them. You find someone disgruntled, and you file a lawsuit. I would have expected a lawsuit on the Camry's crappy transmission before anything that I've heard ZERO about (and by the way, it is a crappy tuning for the tranny, but not lawsuit or even recall worthy). I'm sure though, that if someone sued GM over this, everyone on this board would be commenting on GM's crappy quality and unsafe vehicles....