ZF TRW Class Action
Two actions were commenced, one in Ontario on May 3, 2019 (Roy v. TRW Automotive U.S. LLC, et al, Court File No.:921/19) and another in British Columbia on July 22, 2019 (Larsen v. ZF TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., et al, Court File No.: S198183), claiming that certain automotive parts were defective and could cause harm to vehicle occupants.
More specifically, the Actions alleged that application specific integrated circuits (“DS84 ASICs”), which monitor signals from crash sensors located in certain Vehicles, were defective and could fail because of electric over stress causing the Airbag Control Units (“ACUs”) to not operate properly, which could result in non-deployment of the airbag and/or seatbelt pretensioners during a collision.
The defective DS84 ASICs were alleged to have been manufactured and supplied by the ZF-TRW Defendants and used by various automaker Defendants in their ACUs, in certain of their Vehicles (listed below):
|Dodge Ram 1500||2009-2012|
|Dodge Ram 2500||2010-2012|
|Dodge Ram 3500||2010-2012|
|Dodge Ram 4500||2011-2012|
|Dodge Ram 5500||2011-20112|
|Dodge Chrysler 200||2010-2014|
|Dodge Avenger J||2010-2014|
|Acura RLX Hybrid||2014-2019|
|Acura TSX Sport Wagon||2014|
|Acura TSX Sportswagon||2012-2013|
In or about January 24, 2022, the lawyers advancing both Actions agreed to pursue the Larsen Action on a national basis (for all Canadians impacted, excluding those from Quebec) and stay the Ontario Action, (put it on hold), pending the outcome of the Larsen Action.
Unfortunately, on August 24, 2023, the Court refused to certify the Larsen Action (meaning it was not permitted to go forward as a class action) and dismissed the Larsen Action. Click here for a copy of the Supreme Court of British Columbia’s Order.
As a result, on October 18, 2023, the Ontario Superior Court also discontinued the Ontario Action. Click here for a copy of the Ontario Superior Court order.