4 Facts About Injuries Caused by Airbags
Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Sep 29, 2017
Airbags have been one of the most effective safety inventions in the history of the automobile. While they can save lives and prevent catastrophic injuries, airbags must function properly in order to provide the benefits and safety drivers and vehicle occupants have come to expect. Should airbags malfunction – be it to a defective design or poor manufacturing – they can cause substantial injuries or their own or fail to prevent injuries that can and should have been prevented.
At Salvador Phillips, PLLC, our Phoenix personal injury lawyers are passionate about protecting victims’ rights and futures following preventable injuries, including those resulting from car accidents or defective products. As we have seen throughout the years, and in recent high profile media coverage of fault airbags that have been linked to injuries, deaths, and major recalls, faulty airbags can have devastating consequences.
When it comes to injuries caused by airbags, here are few things you should know
- Failure to deploy – Defectively designed or manufactured airbags, or defects with crash sensors or electrical components, can pose the risk of failed deployment, which means that airbags will not deploy in the event of a collision that would typically trigger deployment. When airbags fail to deploy, victims are at greater risk of suffering serious injuries or even death.
- Faulty deployment – Faulty airbags pose various risks to drivers and passengers, including unexpected deployment when there is no crash or deployment with too much force. As illustrated by defective Takata airbags, which have been linked to several deaths and numerous injuries across the country, exploding airbags may deploy with excessive force or may explode and send shrapnel flying at vehicle occupants.
- Common Injuries – Although injuries may vary depending on the nature of an airbag defect, victims are at risk of suffering a number of injuries. When airbags fail to deploy or deploy with too much force, for example, victims can suffer serious injuries to the face, neck and spinal cord injuries, or even traumatic brain injuries. In some cases, victims may also suffer burns or injuries caused by the chemicals and materials used in airbags and airbag deflators.
- Defects & liability – Under product liability laws, airbag manufacturers have a legal obligation to ensure their products are safe. Defectively designed airbags, as well as airbags that were manufactured poorly or with poor quality materials are the result of negligence by the manufacturer. When victims suffer injuries as a result, they can pursue product liability claims against the company that made those airbags, and can recover financial compensation for their damages.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a preventable auto accident or as a result of a malfunctioning airbag, you have every right to pursue a financial recovery of the damages you incurred, including your medical bills, lost work wages, and pain and suffering, among others. Our legal team at Salvador Phillips, PLLC can help you better understand your right to compensation and what we can do to guide you along the legal journey ahead when you reach out for a FREE consultation. Contact us to get started.