Vehicle Airbag Injuries Are On the Rise Due to Defects
Airbags are safety devices in vehicles that are designed to keep drivers and passengers safe in accidents. However, problems with defective airbags have caused many vehicle airbag injuries and deaths. Recently, there have been vehicle recalls by various manufacturers due to faulty airbags. There are a number of concerns with defective airbags in vehicles. If you or someone you love were injured due to an airbag that malfunctioned, you may be entitled to compensation.
Types of Airbag Defects
Airbags may have one of several types of defects. Some airbags fail to deploy in an accident, which is likely caused by a faulty airbag switch. Airbags may deploy when the vehicle is not involved in an accident, injuring the driver or passengers and causing an accident. The most recent airbag recall is because of airbags that contain shrapnel. The small pieces of metal are extruded from the airbag at a high rate of speed when the airbag deploys and the shrapnel forcefully enters the persons face and body. These types of defects have caused thousands of injuries and some deaths.
Injuries Caused by Faulty Airbags
Many types of injuries have occurred because of faulty airbags. A person could sustain serious wounds, including head trauma due to metal pieces hitting the body on deployment. If the airbag fails to deploy, the person could suffer broken bones, back injuries, and head injuries if the head hits the windshield. When an airbag deploys when it shouldn’t it will probably cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle and a severe accident may occur.
The manufacturer of the airbags as well as the vehicle manufacturer may both hold some responsibility for injuries caused by airbag malfunctions. The airbag manufacturer must have known that there was a potential risk for serious danger but did not take the steps necessary to prevent problems. According to some reports, airbag manufacturers have known for years that their airbags were defective but continued to sell them and did not notify the public.
What to Do If You Were Injured
If you suffered an injury because of a defective airbag, it is best to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Your attorney will examine your case to determine liability and negligence. You may be able to make a claim against the responsible party. You should seek payment for all damages caused by the injury including medical expenses, lost wages, and money for pain and suffering.
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