Products Liability Defective Airbags
Safety features such as airbags are designed to minimize the impact and severity of a collision for those inside the vehicle; however, what happens when these safety devices become dangerous themselves? Unfortunately, thousands of drivers and passengers have had airbags fail them – and in some cases injure or even kill them.
Intended for Safety, Not Injury
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, airbags saved over 50,457 lives between 1987 and 2017. Since being first introduced in the 1970s, airbags have undergone extensive testing and refinement to identify the best placement within a vehicle as well as the ideal materials to be used during manufacturing for optimal safety results. When functioning properly, airbags should limit serious injuries and deaths associated with auto accidents; they should never be the cause of a serious injury or death due to malfunction.
Airbags are placed in strategic locations within a vehicle as determined by rigorous collision testing to protect the most vulnerable parts of a person’s body, such as the neck, head, and chest. These physical injuries can be life altering and life ending. When airbags prematurely deploy, the potential damage is catastrophic.
Types of Airbag Defects
Airbags containing low-grade, highly volatile ingredients could combust even without the impact from a collision. Long-term exposure to heat creates a high-pressure environment in which the airbag’s materials cannot withstand. Upon rupture from this incubation period, drivers were blasted with pieces of heavy plastics and other materials causing serious injuries.
An airbag’s purpose is to deploy upon impact in a crash. In addition to using cheap materials that can cause unprompted deployment, airbags can also fail passengers by underinflating or simply not deploying in an accident. This can be caused through defects in sensors, defective inflation systems as well as oversized airbags signaling a defect in design. When this happens, the airbag is useless in protecting the driver and passengers during a collision.
Airbag Defect Injuries
Airbags are designed to shield and protect drivers and passengers from further harm during an accident. When properly functioning during an accident, airbags have the potential to leave bruises on drivers and passengers from impact; however, defective airbags are capable of inflicting injuries far worse than bruises. Victims of defective airbags reported injuries including but not limited to:
- Severe lacerations
- Eye injuries
- Torn arteries
- Skull fractures
- Bleeding on the brain
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Neck injury
Texas Airbag Defect Lawyers
Nearly 1.5 million people die annually on roads across the country from accidents, when their own vehicle’s safety features shouldn’t turn against them. A driver’s focus should be on traveling to and arriving at their destination safely. If an injury or death occurs as a result of a defective car, truck, SUV, or motorcycle or a defective component part, the injured party may be able to bring an auto products liability claim. When manufacturers ignore or fail to comply with safety regulations, consumers pay the price. If you were injured or a loved one was killed by a defective airbag, you need the experience of John Flood to ensure you will be fairly and justly compensated.