Maybe I don’t understand your question, but if I do the answer is “no, you cannot sue a manufacturer for damage to the vehicle.” You can, however, sue the manufacturer for damage to your body (i.e., bodily injury) that was caused as a result of the vehicle’s airbag failing to properly deploy.
A cautionary note: these cases are extremely tough and it will be very hard to find an attorney willing to handle the case unless (1) you have some meaningful bodily injury and (2) you can show convincingly that adequately maintained air bag failed to deploy properly (which means you will need the vehicle in the untouched condition so that the airbag can be examined by one or more experts).
Hope that helps you.
Geoffrey Trachtenberg, Partner
362 North 3rd Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Geoff Trachtenberg is a partner at Levenbaum Trachtenberg, a personal injury law firm located in Arizona, California, and Utah. You can find him on Google+ and Avvo discussing law and helping people with their legal needs.