A Defective Airbag LawsuitFiling a defective airbag lawsuit may be the right thing to do if you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a defective airbag. The thing that you need to do is to let a personal injury attorney evaluate your case and advise you on the best way to proceed.
An airbag is a safety feature that is aimed at protecting the occupants of a car in a head-on collision. At the current time, most cars have a driver side airbag that is designed to protect the driver of a car. Many cars also have a passenger side airbag to protect the person sitting in the front seat of the car with the driver. The driver side airbag is located in the steering wheel assembly. The passenger side airbag is located in the dashboard on the passenger side of the car.
Within milliseconds after a head-on collision, an airbag deploys. The folded airbag rapidly inflates with nitrogen gas. The bag acts as a cushion to protect a person from hitting the dashboard, windshield or steering column, which can cause severe, traumatic injuries.
Airbags have substantially reduced the number of serious injuries and deaths from car collisions. The number of deaths from car crashes when both a seatbelt and an airbag were used was 24% less than when only seatbelts were used, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
It is now a requirement of the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) that all cars made after 1998 must have both a driver side airbag and a passenger side airbag. Because of this regulation and the popularity of airbags with a safety conscious public, airbags are a car safety feature that is here to stay.
The problem is that an airbag does not always work the way that it is supposed to. A defective airbag can do greater harm than good. In fact, a defect airbag may cause serious injuries or even death.
An airbag may be defective in several different ways. Some of these include:
A defective airbag may fail to deploy
Airbag design thresholds (an airbag deploys when it should not have deployed)
Oversized airbags (an airbag that is too large)
A defective airbag deploys too late
Untethered airbag (an airbag that deploys too far into the compartment of a car)
Overly aggressive deployment (airbags that deploy with too much force)
Lack of curtain or side airbags.
The injuries that may result from a defective airbag can be serious and severe. Possible injuries are:
Loss of teeth
Airbags can also pose as a significant safety risk for children. This is especially true when an airbag deploys in a low-severity collision. Children who are under the age of 12 should always sit in the proper safety seat or safety restraints in the back seat of a car.
Once again, if you believe that you were injured by a defective airbag, or a loved one was injured or killed by a defective airbag, the thing that you need to do is to allow a personal injury attorney to evaluate your case and advise you on the best way to proceed.