Since they first became standard in many vehicles in the 1980s, airbags have saved thousands of lives. Defective airbags, on the other hand, may not only fail to protect vehicle occupants during an accident, but they may also cause more serious personal injury than would otherwise have been sustained.
What are the Causes?
Some possible causes of airbag defects include:
- Airbag fails to fully inflate
- Airbag inflates too late or too early
- Airbag deploys with too much or too little force
- A defective sensor causes the airbag not to deploy upon crash.
Types of Injuries
Types of airbag injuries include:
- Fractures (e.g. upper arm)
- Traumatic Brain injury (bleeding and swelling of brain tissue)
- Spinal cord injury
- Loss of limb
Contact an Experienced Lawyer
Vehicle manufacturers are liable for ensuring the safety of the airbags they install in their vehicles. Drivers or passengers who have suffered injury as a result of a defective air bag have the right to sue the vehicle manufacturer by filing a product liability lawsuit. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured because of an airbag defect you may be entitled to compensation. It is important that you consult with an experienced lawyer who can further advise you of your legal options.