Injured by Defective Airbags
Airbags are supposed to protect you in the event of an accident, yet the number of injuries attributed to defective airbags each year is substantial.
The location of airbags in the vehicle can make a difference in both the number and severity of injuries caused. Even the height of the person sitting next to the airbag makes a difference. Additionally, while millions of children have been injured because of airbags, it isn’t just kids who are affected.
If you were injured by defective airbags, you could be entitled to compensation to enable you to recover to the fullest extent possible. Even if you are not interested in compensation, by filing a lawsuit, you may be helping protect others—including children—from similar injuries in the future.
Potential Airbag Issues
Several different airbag issues can lead to injuries, damage to a vehicle, or even cause a car accident.
Some of the problems with defective airbags are the fault of the car manufacturer, while others are the responsibility of the airbag developer or manufacturer.
Some potential defective airbag issues include the following:
- Airbags that deploy for no reason at all – It isn’t common, but some airbags have gone off without any kind of pressure or impact being applied to the car. Airbags that deploy when they shouldn’t can cause serious injuries and car accidents.
- Airbags weren’t installed – If the car manufacturer fails to install an airbag, it will not be there when you need it, resulting in injuries and fatalities.
- Non-functional airbags – Sometimes airbags malfunction and simply don’t deploy at all.
- Airbags deploy due to incorrect causes – Some defective airbags have gone off from someone leaning against a door or in a low-impact accident when airbags weren’t needed. This can cause injuries rather than help prevent them, as well as cause accidents.
Types of Airbags
At one point, there were only airbags in the dashboard and steering wheel of most vehicles.
Now, they are in the doors and are even aimed at the side of the driver’s head with the intent of preventing it from hitting the door or window. While this sounds like a great safety feature, there have been numerous instances of defective airbags doing more harm than good.
Side airbags, curtain airbags, and dashboard airbags all carry a certain amount of risk that consumers shouldn’t have to worry about.
If you were injured by a defective airbag, you shouldn’t have to bear the consequences alone. You may be entitled to financial compensation for any injuries or damages caused by a defective airbag.
Contact a Lawyer
Even if you aren’t sure if your airbag was defective, you should consult one of the knowledgeable attorneys of Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP to explore your options.
If you suspect that you or a loved one were injured by a defective airbag, we can help ensure the right person or entity is held responsible. Contact us online or call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) as soon as possible to get started.