Airbags are some of the most important safety features found in cars. When
your car collides with another object or vehicle, the airbag will come
out of the dashboard and inflate with the purpose of providing protection
against the hard structure of the interior. While airbags have been linked
to saving tens of thousands of lives since they became required in cars,
they are also capable of causing injuries as well. When airbags fail to
properly deploy, you may find yourself facing worse injuries than expected.
How can my airbag hurt me?
There are many different components involved in an airbag going off properly
and providing the intended protection. When any of these factors malfunction,
an airbag can become extremely dangerous.
Airbag defects that cause injuries include:
- Airbags inflating when unnecessary or after it is too late
- Horizontal inflation when deployed instead of vertical
- Inflators that use too much force when they go off
- Internal tethers that cause the bag to inflate like a basketball
As a result of these incidents, injuries such a severe thermal, chemical,
or friction burns can occur. Hearing loss, traumatic brain injury, asthma
attacks, blindness, broken bones, and decapitation can also be caused
by an airbag defect.
When an airbag fails to work properly, automobile manufactures need to
be held liable. Safety features in cars are there to ensure that drivers
and passengers are protected in the unfortunate event that something goes
wrong. You trust that these features will do their job, but when you are
no longer protected by the safety measures that are there to protect you,
there is legal recourse that can be taken.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident and injured as
a result of an airbag defect, you deserve to hold the car manufacturer
liable. With the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr. LLC by your side, you
are ready to fight.