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article imageAuto: Bentley sued for $2mn over failed airbags

By Owen Weldon     Dec 26, 2012 in Technology
A family is suing a Moscow Bentley dealership for selling a car that had a defective airbag system, which failed to deploy when the vehicle was hit.
According to RT, the accident left a man dead. The dealership is now being sued for US$2 million in damages.
Back in February, businessman Aleksandr Anisonyan, was driving his Bentley Continental GT when a Kamaz truck ran a red light and struck the side of the vehicle.
The Bentley's side airbags did not deploy and the driver died a few hours later in the hospital after suffering serious injuries as a result of the accident.
After Anisonyan's death, a court ruled that the Kamaz driver was at fault and that an investigation determined that the airbags should have deployed because the force of the hit was strong enough.
Maksim Stolyarov, the plaintiffs' lawyer, said that they sent the findings to Bentley Motors Limited's legal representatives, but the response that they received said that Bentley Motors does not guarantee safety from a side hit because the company does not run those kinds of tests on the airbag systems.
Stolyarov also said that they spoke to them about compensation and they even tried to negotiate but they received no reply. That is what led to the case, according to Stolyarov. He said that it is very hard to sue Bentley Motors from Russia, but they are able to bring the company's sales representative to court, the Moscow Bentley dealership.
The court in Moscow will begin hearing the case in January, and the case could reportedly last for a few months.
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