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Which Attorney Handles Defective Airbag Injury Cases?
Airbags are a crucial and mandatory safety feature found in all cars, trucks, SUVs, and other types of vehicles. At their core, airbags are designed to keep motorists and passengers safe and have been proved to have saved countless lives since all cars and trucks sold in the United States were required to come equipped with them in 1998.
However, due to manufacturer or car dealership defects – airbags can sometimes cause more harm than good.
With over 100 years of combined trial experience, our team understands the complexity of airbag injury cases and we put in the time and effort it takes to collaborate with the right industry experts for their expert opinions. This approach and our efforts ensure that our clients have the best possible chance of receiving the right compensation for their injury.
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Late Deployment, Failed Sensors
What Causes Airbag Injuries?
When a car accident or collision occurs, a crash sensor is triggered in the vehicle which instructs the onboard computer to deploy the airbags. Unfortunately, most airbag-related injuries occur when this process malfunctions or a defect is present.
The timing of an airbag deployment is crucial and the split-second required can be the determination between saving a passenger’s life or potentially causing additional injury related to the collision. The momentum that an airbag is propelled at is enough to cause serious injuries, including wrongful death.
If you were hurt by a defective airbag contact our attorneys today for a free review of your case.
Common Causes of Incorrect Airbag Deployment Can Include:
- The airbag was deployed too late or not at all due to a defective crash sensor
- Only one or not all airbags were deployed at the time of the collision
- Airbags were deployed in a low-impact crash when they should not have been
- The crash sensor failed and deployed the airbags when a collision or crash occurred
Concussions, Eye Injuries, Burns
What Kind of Injuries Can A Defective Airbag Cause?
An airbag will deploy in “the blink of any eye.” In fact, when a crash sensor sends the signal to inflate and deploy the vehicle’s airbag, it does so at speeds near or over 200mph 1. Keep in mind, that most passengers and drivers are less than arm’s length away from their airbags. When you consider that, it’s easy to understand how an airbag, especially one with a flaw, could be extremely dangerous.
One of the largest automobile recalls in United States history was the result of airbag failures and related injuries caused by the Takata airbag 2.
It was determined that the propellant used to inflate the airbag was prone to exploding upon impact and would disperse shards of metal at the driver and passengers – causing a variety of personal injuries. Nearly all carmakers and manufacturers had vehicles with Takata airbag components including Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Ford, GM, Chrysler, Honda, Mazda, and BMW.
While most experts will agree that airbags have saved more lives than they have hurt, that type of force is still capable of causing severe injury or wrongful death if a malfunction or factory defect occurs in the milliseconds it takes for the airbags to deploy.
Injuries Suffered From Airbags Can Include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain swelling or bruises
- Lacerations to the brain stem
Burns and Skin Irritations
- Airbag dermatitis which is an irritation of the skin
- Burn injuries to the chest, upper arms, and/or hands
Fractures and Trauma
- Spinal cord injuries including strains, fractures, or blunt trauma
- Breaks and fractures in the skull, face, orbital bones, upper arms, or wrists
- Rib cage fractures
- Broken fingers and wrists
- Internal bleeding
- Injuries to pregnant women including trauma to unborn babies
- Trauma and injuries to the heart, lungs, liver, and spleen
Loss of Senses
- Injuries to the eye, retina, and orbital bone
- Hearing loss or ear trauma
Safety Issues and Car Product Recall VIN Lookup
How Can I Tell if My Car, Truck, SUV, or Van has a Defective Airbag?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSA) has a useful tool that will allow you to look for safety issues and recalls by simply entering the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) of your vehicle. You can access the lookup tool here.
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How Much Is My Airbag Injury Worth?
Each personal injury case is different and all present unique challenges to overcome. If you have been hurt by a defective product, including an airbag – or you suffered in an injury because your airbag did not deploy during a car accident or collision – contact our attorneys today for a free evaluation of your case. There are no fees for our services unless we help you recover money from your case.
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