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The last thing a driver should expect is an airbag to cause an injury rather than prevent one. Injuries caused by airbags can occur due to an airbag that didn’t deploy completely or deploy at all, deploy improperly, or deploy unexpectedly or without reason. Unfortunately, an airbag defect is usually only detected after an auto accident.
Defective Airbags Can Cause Severe Injuries
Airbags have been attributed to saving thousands of lives since being introduced to motor vehicles in the 1970s and mandated in every vehicle starting in 1998. The effectiveness of airbags caused vehicle manufacturers to implement curtain airbags, center airbags, knee airbags, and rear passenger seat airbags. However, like pharmaceutical drugs, the devices that are meant to protect you from harm oftentimes do the opposite.
Airbag malfunctions can be caused by:
- Design defect
- Faulty wiring
- Loss of power prior to the collision
- Manufacturing flaw
- Sensor failure