Have You Been Injured By A Faulty Airbag?
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.
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. If you believe a defective or faulty airbag caused you harm, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact us today and speak with our experienced Texas defective vehicle lawyers 24/7, nights and weekends.
COMMON INJURIES CAUSED BY AIRBAG FAILURE
Injuries caused by a defective airbag include:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Fractures and broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Hearing loss
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 576 people were killed in automobile crashes where a front airbag did not deploy between 2001 and 2006. Of these victims, 360 would have benefited from frontal airbag protection.
WHY DOES AIRBAG FAILURE HAPPEN?
There are many different causes of airbag failure, and unfortunately, airbag defects are usually only detected after an auto accident.
Airbag malfunctions can be caused by:
- Design defect
- Faulty wiring
- Loss of power prior to collision
- Manufacturing flaw
- Sensor failure
AIRBAG RECALLS IN THE UNITED STATES
Over the past decade, there have been multiple widespread recalls on vehicles containing defective and dangerous airbags.
- Takata Corp. (2013 – present) — 21 deaths have been attributed to airbags manufactured by Takata, which are present in 42 million vehicles across 19 different brands
- Hyundai and Kia (2018 to present) — Four deaths have been linked to airbag failures in 425,000 Hyundai and Kia vehicles, including the popular Sonata and Forte models.
- Fiat Chrysler (2016) — Several deaths and injuries were linked to a software defect, causing airbag deployment and seatbelt failure
- GM Chevy Cruze (2014) — Thousands of vehicles were recalled due to a manufacturing flaw that could prevent airbags from deploying in an accident
- GM SUV (2014) — More than one million GM SUVs were recalled after faulty wiring could keep side airbags from deploying in the event of a collision
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED DEFECTIVE AIRBAG INJURY ATTORNEY
If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a defective or faulty airbag, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced vehicle recall lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to provide you with a free case review. If an airbag or vehicle manufacturer’s negligence caused your airbag injury, you may be entitled to recover damages to cover medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages.